October 26, 2020

by Alyssa Rimmer

Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Granola

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If you're looking for a healthy, flavorful granola that's low in fat and sugar, this pumpkin quinoa granola is the recipe you've been waiting for!

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Kickstarting pumpkin season with one of my all-time favorites: healthy pumpkin granola!

If you're new around here, granola is one of my absolute favorite things to make. I make so much that I actually created an entire post dedicated to how to make homemade granola.

And today, I'm showing you how to make one of my greatest hits. A granola that is not only easy to make but flavorful, hearty, not too sweet, and perfect for fall!

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What's In Today's Homemade Granola

You'll recognize most of my standard granola ingredients in today's recipe – and we're following our formula – but I like to give you a quick overview of the ingredients before we dive in. Here's what we're using:

  • Rolled oats: I like old fashioned for the best texture
  • Quinoa flakes: we get a bit of protein and they also cluster really well (swap with quick oats if need be)
  • Crispy rice cereal: absolutely love the crunch factor this brings
  • Maple syrup: the perfect complement to pumpkin
  • Pumpkin: either buy canned or make it fresh!
  • Almond butter: swapping the oil with almond butter which adds crunch and helps create yummy clusters

And then we're also stirring in some pumpkin seeds, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice!

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How to make Healthy Pumpkin Granola

Granola is super simple to make and you probably don't really need an explanation, but in case you do, let's cover our bases really quickly.

To make this healthy pumpkin granola, you'll want to first mix your dry ingredients. Once they're all melted together, set it aside and move onto your wet ingredients. Melt your wet ingredients together until they form a kind of sauce. Pour that liquid over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Make sure all the oats are covered! Then pop it in the oven, stirring it every 15 minutes or so, and cook until it's golden brown.

If you're having a hard time with it crisping up, you can leave it in the oven with the door propped open and the oven turned off. Works like a charm!

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How To Make Granola Healthy

What did we do to make this granola healthy you may be wondering? Welllll…we used:

  • almond butter instead of butter
  • maple syrup instead of sugar
  • pumpkin for flavor and in place of some extra oil
  • then used a really awesome blend of cereals to lighten it up but still keep it filling

Rather than just oats, I did a combo of oats, rice crispies, quinoa, pecans and pumpkin seeds. Lower in calories, but still high in fiber and even some protein sprinkled in. And so, so good.

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Why You'll Love This Pumpkin Granola

There's so much to adore about this recipe, but what I love is that it's:

super crunchy and clustery
semi-sweet
naturally vegan
oil-free
got this subtle pumpkin pie flavor without it being shoved in your face

Basically, it just tastes like awesome granola with a hint of pumpkin. I mean…how can we ever say no to pumpkin? I'm legit obsessed!

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More Healthy Granola Recipes to try:

Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Granola

 If you're looking for a healthy, flavorful granola that's low in fat and sugar, this pumpkin quinoa granola is the recipe you've been waiting for!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 25 Servings
Calories 134kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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4.35 from 20 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, quinoa flakes, cereal, and spices. Stir until completely incorporated.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the maple syrup, pumpkin and almond butter. When melted, pour entire mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Transfer ingredients to a baking sheet. Bake on center rack for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 – 15 minutes so as not to burn the granola. Remove from the oven and stir in pumpkin seeds and pecans. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes until the nuts are golden brown.
  • When browned, remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing.*

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Notes

* for even crispier granola, let granola cool in the warm oven for 2 - 3 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1525IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Delicious and crispy. I bought all ingredients at Bulk Barn. Some of the comments about not being crispy may be if they used pumpkin pie filling versus purée. I had no trouble getting it crisp.

  2. Delicious results. I got all the ingredients at Bulk Barn. Some of the earlier comments about moisture may be folks using pumpkin pie filling versus just pumpkin purée. I had no issues with it crisping up.

  3. I just ate this for breakfast at work with a dollop of yogurt. It was delicious! I think it would also be great with almond milk as cereal, though. The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming, but it still has amazing flavor! My only question is how long can I store this in an airtight container in my pantry? Or does it need to be refrigerated? Just curious because of the pumpkin puree. Thanks.

  4. Hello I would love to make this granola but am not sure about the pumpkin puree how would it taste and also if I was to add it where do I buy it from I live in UK .

    • It doesn’t really have a ton of taste, but I do know that it’s hard to find in the UK. I would suggest mashed banana or applesauce in its place!

  5. I made this granola, and it was pretty beautiful until I baked it for the last ten minutes when it started to burn. I would definitely try this recipe; however I would bake it for possibly 5-10 minutes less than the suggested amount of time.

    • Thanks for sharing! It also depends on the temperature of the oven. I find that some ovens tend to run a little hot and burn more quickly 🙁

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  7. I would love to try this recipe but am not seeing the actual recipe, just the video which doesn’t list measurements for each ingredient. Am I missing something? Thank you!

  8. Where is the actual recipe? Your video links this page for the recipe and I only see the video under “how to make healthy pumpkin granola”

  9. HI!

    I really want to try to make this granola! I can not for the life of me find the written out version. I keep watching the video and hearing that the full recipe is on the blog and not seeing any amounts during the video olther then the 4 cups of gluten free oats.

    Please help!

  10. HI there, this looks delicious but I don’t see a list of ingredients. I watched the video but just some of the quantities are mentioned. Thanks!

  11. I can’t find the actual recipe and I’m not seeing the exact measurements on the video. Am I missing something? I would LOVE to make this!

  12. Hello,
    This looks absolutely delicious, although for some reason, I do not see the written recipe on this page..Just the You Tube video. Thanks!

  13. For some reason when I visit this page on my phone or laptop the recipe does not show up, just the video. How else would I be able to see the recipe because I really want to try this.

  14. Hi there. I am trying to find the written recipe for your pumpkin quinoa granola but can only find the video. I want to print it so I can have all of the measurements of the ingredients. The video does not include the measurements of everything. How can I find it? The blog just keeps taking me to the video with no written recipe available. Thanks!

  15. I am having trouble finding your written out version of the recipe/measurements.

    looking for the link you mention in the video but can’t see it. Just wanting the exact measurements for the spices.

    Can’t wait to make this! Looks amazing!

  16. Just watched the video and this pumpkin granola looks amazing! However, I cannot seem to find the written recipe anywhere on your website. Please help!

  17. where is the recipe? I’ve just spent 10 minutes scrolling and clicking links, can’t find any list of ingredients or quantities

  18. Maybe I’m crazy, but I can’t fins the written recipe on this page anywhere, just the video. I was hoping it was written out somewhere with the quantities of each ingredient. Did I miss something? ????????‍♀️????

  19. Hello Alyssa, this receipt just looks amazing. I would love to bake it but I do not manage to get the details of the receipe i.e. ingredients & quantities. Can you please give me the link thus we can try it before Halloween ???????? Thanks & kisses from Paris ????????

  20. I don’t see anywhere the quantities of each of the ingredients, i just get the video and that it 🙁
    I can’t find the full recipie

  21. Yum! Really want to make this granola but can’t find the recipe in print anywhere on the site (doh!). Help! And THANK YOU for your wonderful recipes! xoxo

  22. The written recipe does,not sync with the video tutorial. Can you revise the recipe to sync with the video? I like the video version. Thanks!

  23. I gave it a try and it really didn‘t take much time. Sooo yummie!
    I brought some for my workmate and she finished it within minutes (it was meant to take it home).

  24. I was so excited about making it! The pictures are amazing and it sounds great, but at 40 minutes, it was still very soggy! I baked it longer, until it was dry, but the cereals shrank to their pre-puffed size! I love the taste, but how can I prevent the cereals from un-puffing? Thanks! Sophia

    • Hi Sophia! What combination of ingredients did you use? Are you talking about the rice crispies? I’ve never had that problem before with them being soggy… my other suggestion would be to actually leave them in the warm oven to cool for a few hours. That will definitely help them get SUPER crispy!

  25. Made this today with frozen pumpkin puree I made last year and it’s great! I did have a tricky time getting all the moisture out but I think it will be ok. Super tastey!

  26. This recipe looks great! I’m going to make this asap! I think my husband will love it too. What kind of puppy do you have? It looks like a poodle mix. We have a 2 year old cockapoo and a new cockapoo puppy :-).

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