Pumpkin Spice Granola


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Pumpkin spice granola is made with simple pantry ingredients, and filled with toasted almonds, a touch of sweet honey, and bite-sized crunchy clusters. So easy to make, you’ll never buy granola again.

granola in a glass jar, and topping yogurt in a blue bowl

Have you ever had granola that’s so good you want to eat it by the handful? You know the kind, it has just the right amount of sweetness, saltiness, nuttiness, and crunchiness. This pumpkin spice granola recipe is exactly that kind of granola.

The crunchy granola clusters sweetened with honey, coconut flakes, and toasted almonds are so good you will want to use them as a yogurt or ice cream topper, a breakfast cereal, a packable treat for a school lunch, or just a quick on-the-go snack. Using just a few tablespoons of rich coconut oil in this recipe adds a hint of creamy coconut to the oat mixture, and helps bind everything together so you have perfectly sized, totally snackable clusters, without the oiliness of some recipes.

Adding your favorite mix-ins is easy, and allows you to create your favorite fruit, chocolate, nut, or spice flavored granola.

What Is Granola?

Granola is a classic breakfast food and snack made with a mixture of oats, nuts, fruits, spices, or seeds. The first version of this popular food was created by Dr. James Caleb Johnson at a health spa in New York in 1863. The original recipe was made only with crumbled and baked Graham flour, which is a type of coarse wheat flour. Dr. Johnson dubbed his creation ‘granula’.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that the recipe evolved to its current form, complete with oats, nuts, fruits, and other mix-ins. ‘Granula’ changed to ‘granola’, and the rest is history! 

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Combine the oats, coconut flakes, and almonds.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients. In a separate small bowl, whisk the honey, coconut oil, sugar, almond extract, and salt.
  4. Combine the dry and liquid ingredients. Mix until small clumps form.
  5. Bake the granola. Spread the granola evenly on a baking sheet, and bake until light golden and fragrant, 20-22 minutes.
  6. Cool room to temperature.
Pumpkin Pie Spice in a small white ramekin


  • Rolled Oats, Quick Cook Oats – Old fashioned rolled oats create a crunchy granola, while quick cook oats provide a little softness. Using both types of oats gives this recipe the perfect balance of crunchiness and chewiness.
  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes – Unsweetened coconut flakes have a soft, almost buttery flavor, and a pleasant chewy texture. Coconut flakes are totally optional, but if you love coconut, you’ll want to add these flakes.
  • Slivered Toasted Almonds – Opt for toasted almonds, rather than raw almonds. Toasted almonds have a warm nutty flavor. 
  • Honey – Honey is a natural sweetener, and its sticky-sweetness is perfect in this granola. If you’re out of honey, you can also use maple syrup.
  • Coconut Oil – Just a touch of coconut oil is all you need to form bite-sized granola clusters.  
  • Light Brown Sugar – When light brown sugar is used in baked goods, it develops a molasses-like, caramel flavor. 
  • Almond Extract – Almond extract has a slightly sweet flavor that compliments the other granola ingredients.
  • Kosher Salt – Basic pantry ingredient to bring the flavors together.
overhead view of Granola in a clear glass jar


  • If the coconut oil is a little too thick when you try to combine it with the other liquid ingredients, warm it briefly in the microwave to make it more pourable.
  • Oven temperatures tend to vary,  so keep an eye on the granola during the last few minutes of baking, and remove if it gets darker than a golden brown.
  • One of the best tricks for baking granola is to spread the oat mixture evenly across the entire baking sheet. This will give you perfectly baked, golden-brown granola that isn’t too dry.
  • Homemade granola makes a great gift for friends and family. Package pumpkin spice granola in a cute mason jar, attach a simple ribbon, and you’ve got an easy, thoughtful gift. 


  • Make nut-free granola – If you have a nut allergy, or you’re just not a fan of nuts, you can omit the almonds for a nut-free granola.
  • Use some spice – Allspice, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and ginger add so much flavor.
  • Add more mix-ins – Dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, or sour cherries will make a fruit-flavored granola. 
  • Make it sweet – For sweeter granola, add chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, or butterscotch chips. If you add a chocolatey mix-in, do so once the granola cools so all of that delicious chocolate doesn’t melt.  
  • Swap nuts – Use toasted walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or cashews. Whatever nuts you have in your pantry will work.

How to store

Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also freeze homemade granola for up to 3 months.

granola topping yogurt in a blue bowl with a spoon


How do you make granola without burning it?

The secret to making granola without burning it is to stir the granola halfway through baking. By stirring the oat mixture, you guarantee that no pieces get burned, and your granola stays nice and crunchy without getting too dry or too hard.

Why is granola so dry?

Granola can become dry if it doesn’t have a good binding ingredient mixed in, or if it’s cooked on a high temperature for too long. The rich coconut oil in this ginger granola recipe helps to keep the granola moist enough that it doesn’t dry out, but not so moist that it doesn’t achieve a perfectly crisp texture.

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Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe

Pumpkin spice granola is made with simple pantry ingredients, and filled with toasted almonds, a touch of sweet honey, and bite-sized crunchy clusters. So easy to make, you’ll never buy granola again.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 10


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Half Sheet Pan


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, quick-cook oats, coconut flakes, and almonds.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut oil (warm it briefly in the microwave if it is not pourable), light brown sugar, almond extract, and salt.
  • Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients. Mix together until it comes together in small clumps.
  • Spread the granola out on the parchment. Bake, stirring halfway through, until light golden and fragrant, 20-22 minutes. Watch the granola carefully in the last few minutes of baking and remove if it gets darker than a golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely at room temperature. (The granola will be soft when it comes out of the oven but will crisp as it cools.)
  • Once cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00
Calories: 133
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, easy snack, gluten free, granola, vegetarian
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. We’ve been making granola for years and I always enjoy trying a new recipe. I love granola but the usual one I get has so many raisins and nuts, I like that you can control how much you put in of each type if you make your own. Love the tropical taste also, this looks delicious. I love all their Grains.

  2. I know this is an old post, but DANG- this granola is good!!!! Had to comment!! I doubled the recipe and added/subbed according to what I had onhand:
    -raisins for figs
    -threw in some pepitas, chia seeds and flax
    -used canola oil and dark brown sugar
    This is a keeper and great for the holidays. Made my house smell like a candle shop!!

    1. So glad you liked it! It’s been awhile since I’ve made this one, but I love your additions / substitutions – I’m going to have to put it back on my list to make soon with some of those changes!

  3. 5 stars
    I made a double batch two days ago in a slow cooker. It’s really delicious alone and with milk. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  4. I’ve rarely met a bowl of granola I didn’t like, but your recipe looks especially tempting! I might not even be able to wait until the weekend to try it out!

  5. I came to your website looking for the other granola recipe and stumbled on it this one! Made it tonight leaving out the cardamom (so $$ at villa, where do you buy yours?) and adding chocolate chips after it came out of the oven. It made the apt smell like a holiday Yankee candle!! I just burned my tongue by trying to gobble it up before it cooled…it’s that good. Love that it uses much less oil than other granola recipes. Thanks Jess 🙂 hope to see you soon.

    1. I have to admit, this definitely might be my new favorite granola, Cynthia. Glad you liked it too! SO, cardamom was an adventure! I ended up buying the whole pods at Foodland (for 20 baht or so). Was it whole or ground at villa? The ground stuff seems to be super expensive, but the whole pods seem to cost far less. The downside is that you have to pound the whole pods with a mortar and pestle, remove the tiny black seeds (discarding the shells) and pound THOSE until they are a powder. It tastes great…but is a heck of a lot of work for the small amount of ground cardamom most recipes use.

      1. Wow, 20 baht at Foodland – that’s about 12x less than it was at Villa ground up. I already finished the first batch so I might have to make another batch for this week.

        I’m making your black bean burgers for dinner tonight, will let you know how that goes. Have you found the quinoa here to be different than from home? I just tried to make some from Sunshine Market two different ways (rice cooker and stovetop) and it turned to complete mush, so I’m subbing brown rice.

  6. Thank you for such a great recipe, I just made it and have put into beautiful glass containers. I can’t wait to give it to my husband for breakfast tomorrow. The cardamom is such an interesting addition.

    1. Thank you for your note, Julia. The cardamom really makes it unique – I love the almost-spicy flavor of that spice!

  7. I have only just discovered chai tea and thought it was delicious so I can’t wait to try this chai-spiced granola- it looks really yummy!! x

    1. I only discovered chai tea in the past couple years, Katie, and now I’m totally hooked. It’s such a unique flavor, and I’ve found that it really goes so well with baked goods AND in granola!

  8. Oh I love this! Granola seems to be synonymous with my name because I eat it so much! I love almonds and coconut too, thank Jess