Pumpkin Pecan Granola is an easy, nutritious snack, yogurt topping, or DIY gift! With toasted pecans, pumpkin seeds, fiber-filled oats, and flax seeds (to name a few), this homemade, customizable recipe is sure to please!
During the holidays, it can be tough to maintain a sense of balance when it comes to eating healthy.
I’ve also found that with all the festivities, it can become overwhelming trying to have healthy snacks or quick breakfasts that are not expensive due to convenience.
At the grocery store, many of the boxes of granola that use high-quality ingredients and are low in sugar cost a lot! So isn’t it great that you can make your very own granola for less? Plus, when you make things yourself, you get to know exactly what goes into your granola, so there’s no need to worry about any ingredients hiding in there that you don’t want!
This recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together in a bowl, plus another 25-30 minutes of baking on a baking sheet in the oven to get everything nice and toasted! Granola is very forgiving, and it’s easy to double or triple the recipe to make the amount that you want to have around.
So in one session, you could have healthy, homemade granola at your disposal! Sounds like a treat, doesn’t it?
Another idea I think is great for this recipe is putting it in a mason jar and tying some ribbon or twine around it, and giving it away as a party favor or DIY gift! People love homemade treats, and this one is just right for this time of year!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Pecan Granola
Here I’ve compiled a list of some of the star ingredients for this recipe. Not only do they all pair well together, but they give this granola and extra boost of nutrition as well.
Flax Seeds: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein
Pecans: folic acid, fiber, protein
Pumpkin Seeds: iron, manganese, and omega-6 fatty acids
Old Fashioned Oats: protein, manganese, B-vitamins, and fiber
So, unlike many of the granola cereals you would buy at the grocery store, this homemade version is comparably low in sugar and high in healthy fats, protein, and fiber to keep you feeling full longer.
Let me know how you like the recipe in the comments below, and be sure to give the recipe a rating as well! I’d love to hear how you enjoy this granola.
Pumpkin Pecan Granola
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- large bowl
- silicone spatula
- small microwave safe bowl
- measuring cups and spoons
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup pecans, halved
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup raw local honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large baking sheet and set aside.
- Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil. Add honey and vanilla and whisk well to combine.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir well with silicone spatula.
- Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pecans are fragrant and oats are golden brown. Half way through baking, give the granola a good stir. Keep in mind that when you remove it from the oven, it will keep cooking for a few minutes, so be sure to keep an eye on it towards the end so it doesn't burn.
- Allow granola to cool completely before placing it in a jar or container. Store at room temperature for up to a month.