Pumpkin Granola

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Oh no I didn’t. No I did not just combine pumpkin and granola AND paleo all into one bowl. OH WAIT, yes I did!! This is one of the happiest moments of my life. I’m not even eating nuts (since I’m slightly allergic) and I still tried this out. Totally worth it. I’ll be sick later, but thankfully I’m single and alone. KIDDING. Laura and Sarah get to hang out with me. JOKES ON THEM!!

Why am I yelling so much?

I’m in an effing good mood. I feel like I just drank 3 Red Bulls. Chugged 3 Red Bulls. My fingers can’t type as fast as my mind is going. This is exactly why I don’t feel the need to do drugs. It’s like I’m on them all the time.

So fall is in the air here in CO. It went from 85 degrees one day to 50 degrees the next. I guessed both of those numbers, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. Because I always am. I’m an only child remember? Anywho, the weather is dull and chilly. The pumpkin spice lattes are out at Starbucks. And CO drivers are freaking the sh*t out. It rained a bit yesterday. Not even a lot, just a bit. And people still seemed to crap themselves while on the road. It’s common sense people. The roads are wet, therefore slick, therefore your car doesn’t stop as quickly as usual. The seasons change every year here in CO. Get with the program.

Speaking of rain, my little red car is the shiniest it’s been in probably 4 months. Digging it. It’s like I have a brand new car, though she doesn’t act like it. My little red machine doesn’t exactly like temperature change. Since it’s cooling down, that means rolling down my windows is out of the question. Because they won’t roll back up. Then I’m stuck driving in a blizzard, stay hydrated at least. Try taking a date out in that car. They don’t love it. Trust me.

OMG guess what? I snatched for the first time in 5 weeks today. AND did burpees. AND it didn’t hurt. Injuries suck balls. And make JB unhappy. I may be in the best mood since I ate this pumpkin granola. Which was this morning. I don’t get in bad moods very often. goodstorykbye!

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Pumpkin Granola

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and all spices. Mix well.
  3. Then add your nuts, seeds, and dates and mix well with your wet ingredients.
  4. Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet and pour your granola mixture on top. Use a spoon to spread out the mixture evenly so everything will cook at the same time.
  5. Place in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, moving the granola around half way through to be sure it doesn’t burn.
  6. LET COOL. Letting the granola cool will help it harden up, and that’s what you want from granola. Duh.
  7. Eat all by itself or top it off with coconut milk, almond milk, or even dairy milk (if you do that).
  8. Enjoy the paleo life. It’s beautiful.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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263 thoughts on “Pumpkin Granola”

  1. Ohhhhh I’m excited to try this….sans the nuts though cause I’ve found that I may also be a little allergic to them. Ahhhhh pumpkin….now I’m dreaming of egg nog lattes from Starbucks….not that even has anything to do with pumpkin…but I digress….

  2. Thank you for this. I’ll be making it to send off with Hubby for his annual week-long fishing trip next week. I think he’ll be pleased.

  3. 1) Not sure what part of CO you’re in, but down here, they definitely DO freak the f-bomb out when that weirdass moisture falls from those strange fluffy things in the sky…
    2)Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the jam.
    3) YOU are the jam for bringing this granola into my life.

  4. Hi Julie! Love your posts, but today’s didn’t have enough asterisk w*rds in it. 🙂 Question about the maple syrup. Is it a binding agent or just for flavor? I’m starting the Whole Life Challenge which rules out any sweeteners.

        1. Could you please post a reply of how this turns out without the maple syrup? I was just going to ask the same thing! Thanks!

          1. I doubled the recipe, but only used the initial 1/3 cup of maple syrup. I added in 1 egg to help bind it together. I thought it was still too crumbly. :-/ The batter was super tasty though! Once the granola cooled, it was crispy, but after being bagged up it lost it’s crunch. Ideas?

  5. I’m totally making this to take with me on my road trip next week. If I don’t eat it all before the weekend is over that will be amazing.

  6. im so so excited about this. can you make a million other pumpkin recipes please?
    pumpkin soup
    pumpkin bread
    pumpkin latte
    i’m slightly obsessed with pumpkin…and fall.

  7. This looks great. I can’t wait to try it. We are cooling down to the 80’s and 90’s here in TX. It feels wonderful. I grew up in north eastern MN so I know all about real fall. It sucks. Other than the trees changing color, it always seems so dreary. Thanks for my morning dose of humor. I think the people I work with wonder about me as I’m the only one who is laughing at their desk each day. Yay for me. and for you too.

  8. This looks great! I will have to try it. So far all the recipes I’ve made off your blog have been fantastic!! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

  9. Oh goodness that looks so yummy! I was looking for something different for breakfast too, but I’m going to hoard it for myself and hide it from the kidlets.

  10. First of all – can I say – I want to marry you!!!! (well,theoretically speaking if I wasn’t already married and if I liked girls that way…)… BUT – you kick ass. Really. I love your website… can’t wait to make this granola this weekend…

    P.S. I am ordering a tank top soon – – need to help spread the love! 🙂

  11. i’m so stoked!!! i read through all the ingredients, holding my breath to see one i didn’t have on hand, and THERE WASN”T ONE! (now i’m shouting? contagious when it comes to good stuff!)

    going to make this as a treat for myself ASAP–thanks!

    1. substituted 2 small sweet potatoes for the pumpkin puree, because i couldn’t estimate what 1/2 C. of the would be. then i had to add 1/2 C. more nuts because it was too wet. still, it was scrumptious!

  12. Oh my goodness!! Oh my goodness!! I have to Go get the ingredients I don’t have!!!! Like NOW!!
    P.S. just ordered a Paleomg black tank… Gonna spread the word on how awesome you are!!

  13. Well congratulations Juli, you are officially a genius goddess. Pumpkin granola…crap, I’m definitely going to make and eat all of this too quickly!

    I’m visiting Colorado now so I see what you mean about the weather, I think it’s BEAUTIFUL though, coming from SC. Did my first (ever) run at the high altitude…it completely blew.
    Where abouts are you in CO?

  14. Thank you. This is my first Paleo fall and I’m happy about pumpkin but sad about missing my PSLs. Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Sbux. I have all the ingredients on hand, so will make this lovely little recipe this afternoon and treat myself and kiddos when they get home from school.

  15. Those are Wisconsin weather numbers. 85 yesterday, 50 today and slightly raining! 14 more days of my Whole 30 and then this is the first thing I am making. I LOVE pumpkin!

  16. I hate going to the grocery, but after tonight’s WOD, I’m stopping at Whole Foods so I can have this for breakfast. Thank you.

  17. JB! I am SO in love with you right now! Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for this. I read it this morning and went directly to the kitchen to make it. Screw work, they can wait, I have pumpkin granola to make. (Kidding, I was already home sick and you made it all better) I love pumpkin, and I love you for giving me a delicious portable pumpkin snack that wont also make me ill. <3 's and big hugs

  18. Firstly, this looks awesome.
    Second, I wanna do your readers a solid here and post a pumpkin spice latte recipe I just found, as people seem to really dig it and be sad they can’t have it. It has sugar, but I am pretty sure honey, maple syrup or some other sweetener would getcha through. Also has milk, why not try coconut if you can’t use regular? Other than that it is paleo friendly. I hope all the above lamenters see and use it.

    http://www.farmgirlgourmet.com/2011/10/easy-pumpkin-spice-latte.html

  19. This look AmAzING!! I will try as soon as I am done with my 30 day thingamajig – next week. Love pumpkin, sick of eggs for breakfast, need a change and yes FALL is so in the air here in Parker.

  20. This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it.

    I just finished my first whole30, and wouldn’t have been able to do it without this blog. Seriously, at least 15 of my meals in the last 30 days were from you, so thanks.

    Also… more videos, please? You are so funny, and I don’t have cable, so this is pretty much my entertainment…

  21. AWESOME recipe. I couldn’t wait to get home to try this one.
    Had a hard time waiting till this morning to have a bowl with coconut milk. OMGollyGeesh!
    Thanks Juli.
    I switched out the dates for raisins for time sake(I didn’t want to take the time to chop up the dates).
    Making more for the freezer this weekend.
    Posting you on my next post too!!

  22. Yay! I cant wait to try this! I was missing eating granola since it contains oats …therefore making it non-paleo…but now THERE IS a solution! YaY! YaY! and Yay! thx for sharing!

  23. so pumpkin puree? does this come in a can? or do you make this from scratch?
    cant wait to make this since my breakfast staple of blueberries, almonds and coconut flakes is going out of season quickly! 🙁

  24. I just started CrossFit… well its been a month (wooopeee) and from the first day of my training sessions I was HOOKED! I love it. I didn’t think paleo would work for me so I tried zone and all the weighing foods and this and that just drove me crazy. Monday I went grain-free for this body composition challenge we are having and honestly.. not that hard. But full on paleo – no way – i love my dairy. My uncle is a dairy farmer.. milk yes! But I bought some coconut milk as an experiment yesterday and it wasnt bad and last night… I discovered your GEM of a blog. You make it seem sooo very doable. I made the granola and it is freaking amaze-balls.

    I can’t promise i wont have any dairy ever again but i’m gonna jump on the paleo train with the help of your delicious looking recipes!

    Thank You!!! 🙂

  25. I am not a hater and I love your site and all you talk about and all you do. I am just getting mixed replies as to if maple syrup is Paleo. I dont know what to do. This sounds so wonderful and I want to try it, but I just dont know if I should.

    Thanks!
    Stacey

  26. I made this pumpkin granola, after the incredibly EPIC fail of birthday chocolate cupcakes (from another blogger – that was my first mistake) and it rocked my world. I gave some to my sister who is one of the healthiest eaters I know and she sat there while we chatted and ate the whole bag (of hers – not mine because I don’t share that well). This is exactly the treat to celebrate my cakeless birthday. Thanks so much – I think your stuff is amazing!

  27. I made your zucchini apple spice muffins and they were the BOMB. I even brought them to my box! Leftover muffins chopped in chunks and heated in a dry nonstick pan and served with applesauce…. It became like a yummy warm apple-crumble singing opera in my mouth. I will make this pumpkin granola for my gym too, and bring it tomorrow to my gym (sans honey). Tomorrow we are starting our 2-month Whole Life Challenge. My gym will have paleo-inspired-WLC-compliant potlucks. I will be looking for you to help us get through. I will need to make a lot of modifications because WLC allows no sweeteners except stevia (I wish they allowed honey instead!). That wont be too hard to adjust in your recipes.

  28. I love pumpkin! All things. And when pumpkin spice lattes came back to Starbucks, i mayyyyy have gone overboard (say, 4 days in a row). So I put myself on a pumpkin spice latte fast. I made this granola tonight to ease the craving for pumpkin, and it is SUPER delicious, especially with almond milk. Thank you so much! Way better than regular ole nuts.

  29. YOu are my idol right now, I have been dying for granola and you add pumpkin to anything for me and it is 100 times better. I know what I will be cookin up this weekend.

  30. This granola is like paleo crack! I made it last night (yes, I stayed in on a Friday night to do some baking — is that sad?) and I couldn’t wait to try some. First thing I did this morning was to bag it up into little snack baggies so I can give it out at the box today — otherwise I’d gobble up every morsel! I did sub cashews for the almonds since I’m allergic to almonds, but its delicious!!!

  31. It IS crack. I think it would be cruncher without dates, and maybe cranberries instead. I ate it with warm frothed unsweetened milk, and it was the consistency of yummy oatmeal. I omitted honey, and added 10 droppers of concentrated liquid stevia and 2 tablespoons of flax seeds. I dont think I even needed it. Maple syrup or honey would definitely better, but I cant eat those for the WLC.

  32. made it, it’s delicious…just realized I completely forgot the coconut…dumb. Just going to have to make it again 🙂

  33. Just made this today….made the whole house smell like fall…love that smell. Did not use the maple syrup but just a teaspoon or so of raw honey….and it is still yummy.

    Thanks for the recipe. Now I better portion it out…or else I will be in trouble! 🙂

  34. god da — i sez god damn!

    i gotta tell you juli, i have been following you blog for about 8 months now. i started crossfit about 9 months ago, and within the first couple weeks i entered a paleo challenge and thankfully stumbled on your site.

    im not a very strong-willed person, but i am incredibly determined, and with your posts i have been able to bridge that contradiction. it was hard for me to go from where i was to a paleo lifestyle until i saw what you were able to do.

    my body fat is down, i’ve lost 4+ inches on my waist, lost about 35lbs, i’m doing RX, i can do pull-ups, have my own jump rope and oly shoes, and now i’m not the last to finish in the class!

    i’ve even started sexting!

    long sappy story short, is that i love food, i eat it every day, and without your incredible inventions, incredibly disgusting experiments, i don’t think that i could have changed my eating lifestyle. not to get too deep or anything, but Thank you. really, THANK YOU.

    this cereal is so good i slapped my mother

  35. Thank you !not sure what my husband and I would do without your recipes! Keep cooking! This recipe looks like it can single handedly save the paleo breakfast.

  36. Ditto the husband and the slightly burnt. It’s still wonderful. I just gobbled a bowl with almond milk.
    I used canned pumpkin and froze 2 half cup servings for the next batch.
    I wasn’t sure if I could keep hubby on the plan until I found you. THANKS!

  37. Trying it w/out dates, and added shredded coconut. Sending this off to one bad-a$$ friend who is training for next month’s Ironman world championship. Serious fuel needed 🙂

  38. Wholly meatballs this is GREAT!! I made it as directed, then threw it in the food dehydrator to crisp up- it is unbelievable! My husband said it’s what he thinks a unicorn would taste like…

  39. OMG is right, this stuff is amazing. I used honey instead of maple syrup and extra nuts instead of pumpkin seeds because I am on the SCD. Loved it!!

  40. Hey Juli – I’ve got this in the oven and it smells great. Just realized I forgot the coconut though, because it’s not mentioned in the steps. Just FYI. Thought it seemed wet, so I’d added macadamias to the mix. Pretty sure it will still be good, but…darn it!

  41. Made this over the weekend… OMG..Yum!!! Next time I make it though, I think I’ll have to bake longer… granola never really dried out and hardened. Took some in a ziplock baggie when I was doing errands yesterday and ended up with a soft ziplock baggie that looked like it was full of poo! =O Did I do something wrong?

  42. Whoa. Made this and LOVED it…and it made my house smell amazing all weekend. Considering that I have two basset hounds, and they spent the weekend getting rained on, then coming in the house to snuggle me, and get everything stinky, that is some POWERFUL (and tasty!) granola!! Beats Febreeze in every way! Thanks for sharing that with us!

  43. Absolutely love this recipe….made it last night. I too had an issue with it not hardening up. Actually this morning it’s pretty darn soft. I followed the recipe exactly (I think :))Maybe it needed to cook longer. Either way, amazing recipe!

  44. This was absolutely amazing! My toddler loved having “cereal” to eat alongside her eggs this morning. Thank you for the recipe!

  45. I don’t have any pecans right now, since they’re so freakin’ expensive, but I have everything else and am SO making this tonight!!!

  46. Oh my good gosh. Oh my good good gosh. I made this yesterday to have for breakfast today and it blew me out of the water. Seriously Juli you should get paid to put stuff this delicious out there. I was a teeny bit skeptical about the spices (2 TBSP CINNAMON? Even I wouldn’t think of adding that much and I add cinnamon to EVERYTHING). But heck I trust you in these things as much as I’d trust any professional at their job and went with it. All I can say in between mouthfuls is that if you haven’t made this, drop everything right now and run to the store and get every ingredient and make it right now. Yes now. I did soak and dry my nuts the night before to reduce some of the anti-nutrients and I also used a cookie sheet lined with aluminum and greased with coconut oil since I didn’t have any parchment paper–did not stick at all. I had the granola with some homemade almond milk ready to marry you for creating this beauty. The paleo life is so gorgeous! I have found love at last!

  47. I made this tonight to have for breakfast in the morning and I’m not sure it’s going to make it that long with everyone in my house picking at it! This is delicious!!!!

  48. AngelinaBallerina

    Holy freakin’ Batman is this granola good. I want to make a hat out of it and wear it to a parade. Thanks Juli!

    I’m going to be doing the no sugar thang soon, does this taste as good without the maple in your opinion?

  49. Ahhhhhhhhhmazinggg! I sadly did not have any coconut, but it was still delightful!! Looking forward to making it next time with it! Thank you!!!

  50. Oh my god. I made this tonight and it was sooooo good. My tongue hurts because I could not stop eating it right out of the oven. I ended up leaving it in for 55 minutes and that was perfect for me. Wow. Yum. Can’t wait for breakfast so I can eat more.

  51. This stuff is amazing! I made it Sunday night, its gone now and I’m making more. I used a tiny bit of honey(out of maple syrup) the first time and no coconut flakes and it was still awesome…this time around I’m making it like the recipe plus adding some dried cherries. It stayed so crunchy and was delicious with coconut milk in the am!

  52. HOLY WOW!!! This is so frickin good. I cannot stop eating it, and I’m not even a pumpkin pie fan. But this is DELICIOUS!!!! Sorry for all of my shouting, but this is really really really good. Just found your blog last weekend and I am so happy about that. I also made your Moist zucchini chocolate bread yesterday and my boys loved it. One of them cried because I wouldn’t give him thirds.

  53. Made this last night and burnt the edges a little.. woops. .. the rest of it is really good and I’ll be making a ton more of this! 5 stars!

  54. I am so excited for Fall and this is just in time for me, before I cave into something bad. Question- do you know what I would need to change up with the ingredients so that I can omit the maple syrup? Could I just leave it out? Is the maple syrup needed to make it crunchy? I like crunchy but I am sugar free.

    1. Never mind, here’s what I did and I love it. Thank you Juli! I skipped the syrup and didn’t miss it at all. I used 1/4 cup coconut oil instead of 1/3 and added 1 egg white, (beaten before I added it)don’t know why, it just sounded like a good idea. Also, every 10mins for 50mins I tossed the mixture. I let it cool completely for a couple of hours and it is crunchy and I love all the cinnamon.

  55. This is the best! – So good, came out perfectly, you’re a genius! Every weekend I make dishes from your website, they are all delicious! Keep them coming!

  56. Love this recipe. It came at a perfect time as I’ve been craving cereal lately. Even better that it includes pumpkin.

    Like some other readers, my edges burned. Any ideas on how to prevent this?

  57. AngelinaBallerina

    I used all the right amounts, cooked it for the alloted time, let it cool etc but it’s really “gloopy”. I suck at life … I can’t work out where I went wrong.

    It’s tasty gloop, don’t get me wrong, but I want crunch!

  58. Just made this last night – it’s delicious, but it didn’t crisp up AT ALL. any ideas from anyone on how to get it to be crunchy??

  59. I know I’m gonna miss my oatmeal this year when the cold weather finally hits southern Cali. Any ideas for a grainless hot cereal? I was thinking something apply pecan, honey, raisin something, but I can’t figure out out to put it all together in a cerealy kind of way. Love your ideas.

    peace love and pumpkins

  60. I made this today, so that I’ll have it with me for a road trip on the weekend. Good thing I made a double batch, or this wouldn’t last until the weekend.

    Sooooo delicious! I will not be losing any weight while this is in the house.

  61. I made this sh*t. Honey instead of maple syrup and cashews instead of pecans because I am poor and cashews were on sale. F-in delicious!!!

  62. Holy Motherballs this is tasty!!! I even burned it a little and it still tastes fantastic. Thank you for posting something that I’m not going to be able to stop making.

  63. Maybe it’s my end, but it keeps saying that the recipe is then unavailable???? maybe it’s just pinterest. WEIRD!

    Either way, I printed it so I wouldn’t loose it 🙂 My kids are excited to have this one tomorrow!

  64. WOW, made this last night and it’s amazing! Had to modify it since I have a tree nut allergy. I replaced the 1/2 cup almonds with sunflower seeds, and the 1/2 cup pecans with 1/4 cup flax seeds and 1/4 cup sesame seeds. I also threw in just over 3 tablespoons of allspice instead of measuring all the spices separately (time saver!). I totally forgot the coconut, but now that I know how amazing this is I’ll be sure to add it next time! THANK YOU!!

  65. No lie. Best stuff on the planet!!! I followed the recipe exactly, turned out incredible! I may omit the maple syrup or use egg white to bind it and save on the calories next time. Thank you!

  66. No lie. BEST stuff on the planet! Selling a kid to buy more ingredients to feed new addiction, top on priority list.

  67. I made this tonight and WOW! It is delicious right out of the oven and soooo easy to make! I am not a huge nutmeg fan so I only used a 1/2 tablespoon and also omitted the salt. Can’t wait to eat the rest of it! Thanks Julie for another awesome recipe. This might be better than the banana bread french toast. Of course, that’s in my fridge at the moment too. 🙂

  68. Oh wow, this is incredible. I only used four (medjool) dates, chopped up coconut flakes as I didn’t have any shredded, and added about a 1/3 cup of chopped macadamias as well. Used a bit less maple syrup, as sugar is not my friend. (about 1/4 cup, I might use even less next time.)
    Also I mix my own pumpkin pie spice so threw that in rather than measuring out the individual spices, much easier!
    It was slightly overcooked but tastes amazing, can’t wait for my husband and toddler to try it! (If there’s any left after tonight…)

  69. Changing my diet at my age has been challenging. I absolutely love this recipe. The only thing I changed was I decreased the amount of nutmeg to 1 teaspoon. Awesome recipe-thank you:)

  70. Seriously, not only did this make my house smell amazing ~ but it is the BEST THING EVER! I will be making this all the time! Thanks for the recipe! ;oD

  71. I just pulled it out of the oven after 40 minutes and it is a sloppy gloppy mess. Is cooling it really going to do anything???? It looks like it might need to cook for another hour, but I don’t want to burn it…

  72. This has quickly become my fav. new cereal. I am addicted to cereal in the morning and have been having a hard time drop kicking it out of my diet. Ezechiel is the last strong hold on me after a year of paleo. UNTIL NOW, thank you very much for this recipe. It is so good and absolutely kills all craving for cereal in the morning or those lazy nights I dont feel like cooking after a hard WOD

  73. I have this in the oven right now. I followed the recipe exactly except I subbed honey for maple syrup. I’m surprised by how wet this is! I’ve made granola before but never put anything this ‘batter like’ in the oven for granola. Will let you know how it turns out. So far smells great and tastes yummy raw.

  74. HOLY HELL. SHIZ IS AMAZEEEEE!!!!!

    I’m super new to “paleo” as in like less than a week as in I’ve been using every inch of time i have to scoundrel the inter-webs looking for kick ass bloggers like yo self for some recipes!!

    This was SO GOOD!!!! Just had my first bowl with almond milk and a diced apple.

    I measured out 1 cup as a serving. This may be a bit much? A cup of eating essentially nuts seems a lot for me bearing in mind my sitch. I’ve been refined sugar/flour free for 10 months and dabbling in this biz and with all these killer blogs and recipes I think I’ll kick my feet up and stay a while.

    Keep it up woman!!

  75. Juli….you complete my life. Just made this delicious recipe….will have to make more by the middle of the week…its not gonna last very long! Awesome recipe for this time of year and love the idea of having it as a cereal substitute! Youre amazing! xox

  76. Duuuuuuuuuuude! I just made a batch of this and can’t wait for the morning to get here so I can try it! It smell like the holidays up in this hiz-ouse!!!

  77. I hate this recipe. Why? Because it’s so freakin’ delicious I couldn’t stop eating it!! I used freshly baked pumpkin from a CSA. How do you keep coming up with such amazingness?!?

  78. I’ve had multiple dreams about this in the last week. I really want it. But I’m too broke to buy a bunch of nuts right now. Soon. Can’t wait.

    Also, I took a picture of the smushed squirrel in my alley to send to you during your rotting squirrel experience, but I never sent it to you and now I just have a picture of a dead squirrel :/

  79. I’m thrilled to have found your site. This recipe just came out of the oven and it ROCKS!!!! I have a few other recipes from your site on our menu for the week. Thanks for those and your sense of humor – makes me laugh!

  80. This stuff is like crack, seriously!! I just got back from a party where I took a batch….it was gone in minutes! 4 batches wouldn’t have been enough. Grown men were climbing over each other to get it. Note to self- begin wearing Pumpkin Granola. One of the attorneys from our box said he would do anything if I would make more. I’m keeping that as a Get Out of Jail Free card.
    Juli- even though it was fantastic, mine didn’t firm up completely. Obviously nobody cared but I wondered if I didn’t cook long enough (40 mins) or if it was humidity.

    1. I’m guessing it’s the humidity since I don’t run into that issue in CO. Try putting it in the fridge next time and maybe that will harden it up!

  81. I love this stuff as granola. Yesterday I made it again, but added 3 eggs and baked it as bars. It falls apart a bit when you eat it, but it too was delicious. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  82. So I made this last night. It tastes fabulous! But today when I opened the container, it is no longer crunchy but soft. Any ideas what I did wrong?

  83. I’ve made 3 lots of this in the last week! I am absolutely addicted & every time I come home from work my little monster devours it as an afternoon snack. Last night i had run out of cinnamon so I substituted all of the spices for mixed spice. Yum. Thanks Juli.

  84. Hi Juli,

    Made the granola last night, less the dates and its still awesome! I added cashews to it as well. I actually have to put it out of sight because I keep picking at it..

  85. I made this recipe over the weekend and it was amazing! However it never got crispy…I follow the recipe exactly. Any ideas?

  86. Absolutely amazing. Took it travelling last weekend and it kept me going thru all the temptations of the outside non-paleo world.

  87. OMG! I made this granola last night and had it for breakfast this morning. It is AH-MAZERING! I added some homemade dried cranberries and it was fantastic! I have to keep it up on a high shelf that I cannot reach so I do not devour the whole batch! Thank you for this greatness!

  88. Wow, this was so good! Made this for the boys to take camping this weekend, it was nice and gooey and chewy! Thanks for another great recipe!

  89. Okay, this recipe sucks. 40 minutes! 40! Minutes! of sitting and waiting and AGONIZING on the couch right now as my house fills with a scent I can only describe as pure unadulterated SEXUAL HEALING. I absolutely cannot wait. Thanks Juli! 🙂

  90. WARNING! THIS IS DELICIOUS AND YOU WILL EAT IT IN ONE SITTING IF YOU ARE NOT CAREFEUL! (and I wasn’t careful so naturally i ate it all in one sitting. it was BOMBDOTCOM!) Thanks girl

  91. This is the best recipe! I have made as is & made a dozen variations. I ran short on coconut oil, used sun butter…great! Used banana instead of pumpkin – added organic unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder…so good!!! Thanks for the recipe & this site.

  92. This granola is amazing, in fact, I think it’s my new favorite OMG recipe…I’ve decided I must have it in my pantry at all times. Thanks for keepin it yummy!

  93. LOVE your recipes – a HUGE fan…the only thing I don’t like about your recipes is that I can never copy and paste them into another document…it shuts down my Word program…and I have a very new version. So SAD!!! 🙁

  94. i hope you get this and get respond.. i had a question well more advice.. would you think shipping this in a air tight container or those vacuum sealed bags this would keep to ship overseas?
    thank you for your time

  95. This is in my oven right now, stankin’ up my house… and by that I mean it smells f-ing amazing in every room, closet, corner, nook, cranny, and hidey hole in this place. I checked them all.

  96. This was so good. I didn’t think I’d ever eat granola this tasty again. I also double the recipe, and froze it in canning jars. Stayed crunchy too.

  97. OMF!! Just made this, and it is fantastic! I was out of cinnamon, so I dumped in a bunch of pumpkin pie spice, and I dumped in some dried cranberries. It tastes, no word of a lie, like my mom’s dark fruit cake and it’s like Christmas in my mouth!!!

  98. This was INCREDIBLE. I doubled the recipe and it was gone in a couple of days. Even my boyfriend loved it, which is saying a LOT! This with Whole Foods 365 Brand of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk was a heavenly treat. My brother told me it tasted like a combination of Honey Bunches of Oats and Rice Krispes Treats Cereal. LOL. Gotta love that! Thank you so much for this!

  99. How do you store this? Since it has pumpkin in it, does it have to go in the fridge? Or can it be stored in an airtight container in the pantry?

    1. I’ve seen it store several ways. I’d say in the freezer might be best so it doesn’t become soggy, or just in the pantry. It depends how long you are going to keep in for

  100. After making my pumpkin puree weeks ago – solely for the purpose of making this, I finally did. It’s so tasty and I want to share it with the world!! I was too impatient to let it all cook so I heated some up with Almond milk and coconut flour for a creamy crunchy n’oatmeal.

  101. Oh.My.Heck. This isn’t even done cooking yet and I can’t wait to eat every last bite. I do believe I will be making this in bulk and hoarding it. One batch equals one serving, right?

  102. Juli! Loving your blog, day by day!! But, from a Kiwi living in Oz (and it’s summer all year round here) I don’t share your US pumpkin obsession! (as in, we don’t have a glut of them at any time and no celebrations to incorporate them into)..lol..i only really eat pumpkin roasted with lamb for winter and Christmas dinners!Yep..as a savoury thing..the sweet bit on the plate…but pumpkin in a sweet pie?? blekkhh!! HOWEVER this sounded so good, and I had some baked pumpkin in the fridge (y’know, as ya do!) so decided to try it. No sweetener as doing the Complete Paleovember Challenge!..and used different nuts (what i had on hand..macadamias, pepitas, fresh walnuts, pistachios…and dried figs not dates)…so… hoping this will still make something delicious to nibble on when i get a sweet craving (as opposed to eating it for breakfast..i’m more a savoury breakfast gal)…it’s in the oven RIGHT NOW! Smells great…thanks heaps for your awesome recipes and funny, heartwarming and personal posts..really enjoy them!!! ciao!

  103. Just found your blog the other day while hunting for paleo recipes (see what I did there?). Love your recipes and have pinned a bunch already. This granola sounds amazing – all the yummy parts of granola without the oat filler! One question: I hate dates (forgive me) so I was going to sub in dried cherries. Are the dates just for sweetness/fruit addition? Or do they serve a binding purpose? I hope not.

  104. I love your blog so much! I was so excited to see a granola recipe, since going Paleo it’s the thing I missed the most (cereal!). I have a question though, I doubled the recipe and the granola came out really greasy! What should I have done differently?? Still tastes amazing though, can’t wait to valve it for breakfast tomorrow!

  105. Just made this– YUM! It didn’t last long enough to need an air tight contaner….. Will double it next time. I am allergic to nuts but am in total denial even though I have been told by a doctor that I am….. 🙂

  106. oh my gosh I just made this granola. It tasted so good I felt guilty eating it! YUM. Thanks for sharing 🙂 PS you make me laugh a lot.

  107. 2nd time making it. Last time my boyfriend ate the entire thing. This time, he’s away for work and I got the entire batch to myself :). VERY dangerous! Great as a “cereal” or a treat. Thanks!

  108. I make a double batch of this EVERY weekend! Myself and my husband rely on this all week. LOVE IT!!!!

  109. Made this last night. It was my first attempt at homemade granola and it was a great success. Even my husband liked it! Had it as a topping for yogurt – will have to try it in a bowl with almond milk tomorrow. Easy to clean up after, too, which is a bonus! (Also, thank you for having a print button! So many recipe sites make it terribly difficult to print out a recipe.)

  110. You really should post a recipe that will help wean people off of this. I have stopped making it since you’ve posted it. GOLD.

  111. It’s in the oven now…..didn’t have dates, so I added chopped walnuts in their place, and used coconut flakes instead of shredded, and chopped almonds (didn’t have any sliced.) Hope it turns out with so many subs, but it is looking good and smells divine!

  112. I absolutely love this recipe and I’m so glad I found it! I really enjoy the pumpkin but I’m wondering what other variations I can do with this recipe. Any ideas?

  113. I changed up the recipe a little bit, but it was so awesome that I’m having to stop myself from eating the whole batch in one sitting… Thank you!

  114. This stuff is a stroke of genius! I bought your book and made it from that but wish I had seen it sooner !
    Ive made 2 batches and a double batch and just about due to make more.
    I started just eating it as a snack but this last batch started using it as breakfast in a bowl with almond milk and OMG!!
    So now of course Im addicted and eating it breakfast and then for dessert. Thankyou for such an awesome recipe – it just hits the spot everytime i have it.

  115. This is quite delicious. I didn’t get it very crispy in the oven and since I wanted to bring it backpacking, it needed to be very dry. So I dehydrated it. Next time I will skip the oven step completely and just dehydrate it.

  116. Holy WOW, yum! I needed my fall flavor fix a little early this year and this takes the cake!
    I switched up a couple of ingredients and made a few tweaks, but huzzah– an incredible recipe! Yet again!

    You never disappoint, Juli!

  117. Julie … let me quote you: ‘Holy poo!!’ Yes you did combine pumpkin and granola and OMG it is FABULOUS!! Thanks for your book, I love your sense of humour and have now tried several recipes.

  118. I’m wondering if anyone made this without the nuts, how it was and how much it yielded? Did you sub any other goodies in? Thanks!! 🙂

  119. Seriously Amazing!!!! I burnt it and it is still amazing!!!! I wasn’t sure about it once I put all the spices in (exactly as written) because it was strong smelling (and I usually like strong) – it was also pretty wet (which is why I cooked it too long….insert eye roll to myself here:)…. In the short, this granola is awesome, the spices are perfect and it is nice and crunchy – I will be making double batch tomorrow to take with me to Maine for my family and then on my vaca for the week to Vermont and NY! Kind of odd, but really good in coconut yogurt (I’m having a hard time being full Paleo).

  120. Freakin’ amazing! Its like crunchy pumpkin pie bites! 1/2 it, added extra nuts and vanilla powder and it came out great. Gonna be a Christmas gift recipe Im thinking.

  121. I just made this for my hubby who is trying Paleo (I have been Paleo for a few years now) and he said, “Oh my god we need to make more of this immediately.” He is usually not enthused about Paleo-ified treats, or about much at all in general, so this gets super points! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  122. I think I did something wrong! Mine did not get crunchy & it’s a little oily. But it tastes really good! I will try again because I really like all the ingredients.

  123. This stuff is heaven. I mean, wow. Making double batches already and they still don´t last two days. Thank you for this one!

  124. Hi Juli!!! Yummy thank you for another delisoso recipe!!!! I have got my weeks worth of brekky in the fridge and ready to eat! I forgot the pecans and the coconut flakes and its still great! I used roasted pumpkin I already had in the fridge too.

    Is this healthy enough to have every morning? I can’t do bacon and eggs…

    Cheers from Perth, Western Australia!!!
    🙂

    1. I honestly think a balanced meal should have some sort of protein in the form of meat with most meals so having the granola every morning isn’t as balanced as you would want it to be. But that’s just my opinion

  125. Juli, I made this yesterday followed the recipe no subs and my is very moist. Didn’t get crispy at all. I let it sit on the stove for a couple of hours. It’s very good though just didn’t get crispy for me. TY! I made your chicken tortilla soup too and it was delish.

  126. Thanks for an amazing breakfast idea. made it this week and can not get enough of it. I could not find pumkin puree but had mashed baked sweet potato. it worked so well. hope to convert my hubby to Paleo friendly ways of eating too.

  127. Husbeast and I use this as a go-to cereal substitution in the mornings! Love it. We double the recipe and make a batch on Sundays for breakfast all week…. LOVE it!!

  128. OMG! This stuff is amazingly delicious! I never thought I would enjoy granola again after going gluten free, I was wrong.

  129. Soooooooo happy right now! Loved this. Funny thing: I made this last night and discovered my melted coconut oil in the microwave after I’d already enjoyed my breakfast. Accidental oil omission, and it was still perfect. What does the oil do?

  130. So I bought your cookbook and I am making this granola RIGHT NOW and came on here to figure out why yours looks orange and mine looks black… Cookbook says 2 tablespoons of nutmeg, here it says 1. Hope it still tastes good *fingers crossed*!!!

  131. Made this yesterday using what was left of my pumpkin pie spice and it turned out great! I’m glad I have a new breakfast option. After reading the comments I better get mine in the fridge when I get home from work!

  132. Mine is in the oven right now.I didn’t have any cinnamon, (I know, how is that possible?) so I used Penzy’s pumpkin pie spice blend. My entire Vermont home smells like fall. Thanks for the recipe.

  133. Hi Julie! I made this last night and the flavors are GREAT but it didn’t really harden like granola should. Should i stick it back in the oven again? What would you recommend? Some edges started to burn so i thought it was done but I guess not. I don’t want it all to go to waste!

  134. This is my first time here, just signed up. I am so excited about trying this recipe. I have a dehydrator. My husband prefers not to toast his seeds in the oven. Has any body tried this recipe in the dehydrator?

  135. Love this recipe!!! In fact I get pretty nervous when my storage bag is almost empty! I make mine so is keto friendly, by using a fiber syrup like Sukrin, or Vitafiber, and leave out the figs. The other changes I have done is to use large flake coconut smiles, and some ground flax… thank you!!

  136. Julie Custance

    This is one is in regular rotation in my house (along with a couple others :)). I am going to be sharing a few of my favorites with a group at my gym – but I need to provide the nutritional details….do you happen to post that information with your recipes and I’m overlooking it – or do I need to figure this out (I can…and wine will help me….), but thought I would check with you first :).

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