Fall Special Pumpkin Pecan and Chocolate Granola

Posted On Sep 23, 2022 By Brandy Gales

homemade pumpkin pecan granola sprinkled over vanilla yogurt

My children love granola (they may love the candy and fruit pieces in it more than anything). However, I hate buying it at the store because it can be so expensive, and I do find that it tends to be loaded with a ton of added sugar that is just not necessary. Also, it is so easy to make your own healthy version that your family will love for a fraction of the cost. You have to give this a try!

I love putting the granola into my kid's lunches and serving over vanilla yogurt for myself. I also love when fall arrives because I, and I am sure many people across America, start cooking with more and more pumpkin in their recipes.

Pumpkin Pecan and Chocolate Granola

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 Minutes

Total time: 60 Minutes

What You Need

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats, any kind you like
  • 2 cups raw pecans, chopped or whole
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon raw brown sugar
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
ingredients for making granola - pumpkin, oats, pecans, dried cranberries

What You Will Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  4. Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the center of the oven for 40-50 minutes or until oats are golden brown and crisp.
  6. Allow the granola to cool for about 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the granola while it continues to cool. The chocolate chips will melt a bit, which my kids love!
  8. Once granola is completely cool you may serve.
  9. Transfer to an airtight container for storing.

Recipe Tips:

  • I like to store my granola in a glass airtight mason jar in the refrigerator. This will allow the granola to last for up to 2 weeks.
  • Optionally, you can serve it over vanilla yogurt for a tasty blend of flavors. (As pictured above)

Now the last thing you have to do, as my daughter would say, is "Eat, Eat."

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