Pumpkin Pecan Granola

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I rarely ever buy store bought granola because it has way too much sugar and fat in it. Touted as a ‘health food,’ it is anything but. This home made granola is so flavorful (almost addictive!) with half the sugar and fat of the store bought stuff. You can eat it by itself as a snack or with yogurt, or any way you like. If you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to the packaged kind. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Yield: 3 cups


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and pumpkin puree and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the oats, pecans, and sesame seeds and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet in a single layer, keeping some of the clusters of oats and nuts intact so that the finished granola will have some chunks.
  5. Bake the granola, stirring occasionally, until dry and light brown in color, about 30 – 40 minutes (depending on your oven).
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the granola to cool a few minutes. Add the raisins and toss to mix.
  7. Add another pinch or two of salt if needed. Cool completely before storing.

May be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen.