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. This looks AMAZING! I found you on tastykitchen.com (so love that site!) DO you mind if I pin your recipe? Just wanted to check first!

    1. Alyssa – I LOVE tastykitchen.com as well – one of my favorites. Please pin away! Thanks so much for stopping by the site.

  2. Just had to tell you how much I enjoyed this recipe! The almond extract really adds something, and I love how it is crispy but not greasy. I’ll be making my second batch tomorrow and keeping the recipe.

    1. Veronica – thanks so much for stopping in to let me know! I was amazed at how much less oil this needed than other granola recipes I’ve used – it really does result in extra crunch and a lighter granola.

  3. Can’t wait to try this and kicking myself for not thinking of it first! thank you for doing the work for me. My chai recipe, from a sweet little Indian man with his own restaurant in California, calls for crush dried basil and black peppercorns, which I plan to add to your recipe when I make this! 🙂

    1. Michelle – so glad you stopped by! I am totally intrigued by your chai recipe, and it sounds like you got it from a great source. Please stop back in and let me know how it goes when you add those additional spices. I did try a version with peppercorns, but I couldn’t get the proportions to taste right so I gave up – I’d love to hear how you do it!

  4. Don’t you love it when something you’ve been simmering on pops up on a favorite food blog? I do and this totally fits! I’ve never made granola, but have been toying with giving it a try. I love this twist and can’t wait to try it! I’m also thinking a batch of this spice mix would be awesome stirred into oatmeal 🙂

    1. Such a good idea, Heather. I made a few different batches of the spice mixes in different amounts and have been brainstorming ways to use it. I have oatmeal every morning – I think I’ll try that tomorrow. I keep wanting to use it in muffins too!

  5. Doing a little blog hopping today and so glad I popped over here! I looooove homemade granola and this looks incredible! Such delicious flavors going on. Great to “meet” you 🙂 -Katrina

    1. Hi Katrina – so good to “meet” you too! I absolutely love homemade granola as well – it’s so simple to make and the flavor possibilities are endless.

  6. Mmmmmmm, chai spiced granola. That sounds just perfect. Cardamom is huge in Swedish baking (cinnamon buns are actually cardamom buns) and I’ve totally come to expect a hint of it in many things. I like that this recipe doesn’t have too much oil in it either. Will definitely be giving this one a go!

    1. Katie – this totally made me re-think other granola recipes I’ve used. Some of them use so much oil, but as I kept reducing the amount in batches of this version, it didn’t suffer at all for it. In fact, I think it helped bring out the spice flavor and enhance the crunch! Lesson learned.

  7. Oh you are funny today Jess! Must be a change in the air. I know the feeling though. This year I’ve not been good at menu planning at all. Ideas seem to pop into my head around lunch time and that’s as far in advance as I plan.
    I’m a sucker for anything with cinnamon so this sounds good to me. I especially like that the figs are optional.
    Just re-read my comment… it seems I’ve been watching too much Downton Abbey. Since when do I say ‘I’ve not been’???

    1. Claire – I’ve been watching way too much Downton Abbey too – makes me want a big green lawn and to wear fancy dresses to dinner. I’ve been so sad since the season ended. Let’s all just start talking like we live at Downton…. I loved the figs in this granola, but I suspected those wouldn’t be a selling point.

  8. Oh man I loveee homemade granola but have never tried incorporating chai spice into it. I love that idea! I plan our menu weekly too … I get so thrown off when I don’t go shopping on time, or something gets messed up. haha. I’m such a planner it’s ridiculous.

    1. Usually I have to stick to the plan or I feel like the whole week is off, Ashley! I’m glad I’m not the only one – who knows why my planning self is out of sorts this week. I blame the heat. 😉

  9. I have a huge soft spot for homemade granola. 🙂 I make it practically every weekend to nibble on during the week! And the chai flavors – I love that! I prefer chai tea most afternoons for a quick pick me up! I love its flavor so much. Your granola is just beautiful. I wish I had a handful right now!

  10. Jess I love the flavors of chai! I have a chai recipe later this week. It’s been sitting in my drafts for about a month and I need to get the pics edited! I love homemade granola, too. Great combo and lovely images!

    1. Can’t wait to see your recipe, Averie! I’ve never made Chai Spice myself, but now I’m already dreaming up other ways to use it. It’s got such a unique flavor.