breakfast Sides and Snacks

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Forget the latte, pumpkin spice finds a healthier home atop this maple glazed granola. And if you’re not in the habit of making your own granola, prepare to– it’s too easy!

I polled my Instagram to gauge how we felt about post-Halloween pumpkin, and I was happily surprised to see an overwhelming majority of you approved! This is the first Fall that I’ve really given in to the pumpkin spice craze, and I have to say, I do somewhat understand the hype! This granola has the perfect autumnal, savory sweetness and spice to it, with an unexpected Kama’aina kick of coconut. I hope you enjoy!


(Serves 4)

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 2 tbs raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbs shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 3/4 cup dried, chopped fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 300F and prepare a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl (you’ll use this for all the dry ingredients soon), whisk maple syrup, oil, and spices. Add the oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut.
  3. Pour onto baking sheet ensuring it’s evenly laid out (I used the back of a wooden spoon to do this).
  4. Bake for 20 min- flipping halfway through. Once your nuts turn golden- you’re done baking!
  5. Add in the fruit, then use your hands to clump together into “granola chunks” (if you’re into that- I actually prefer my granola non-chunky). 
  6. Enjoy hot, or keep in an airtight container for ~1 week. Remember, you can always pop back in oven to re-toast as it gets stale!


Granola is highly customizable. You can swap out the nuts, seeds, and fruit for whatever you have on hand. This is just a guide!

What if I want something pumpkin spice but not this? Don’t worry, my obsession with pumpkin spice was far reaching this year. Try out one of these:

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