Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola (Pumpkin Seed Granola)

  Oct 15, 2018  |  #Recipes

This Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola boasts 3 forms of pumpkin and is the perfect crunchy pumpkin granola recipe. It makes a great on-the-go snack or topping. 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola in clear container with lid open on white counter

We had family in town this weekend and we definitely had some cool fall mornings where this delicious pumpkin seed granola was devoured. We put it on yogurt, cottage cheese, or just ate it with milk. There was also lots of coffee alongside it.

I always tell myself to stock up on pumpkin puree months before fall because it’s cheaper then! And yet, every year, here I am falling for the more expensive pumpkin puree because I must have it. Time to make ALL the recipes! Eat all the fall flavors. Make my pumpkin granola recipe aka the best fall granola recipe. 

Can anyone else relate? Next year, I really will do better to prepare for my pumpkin seed granola. Why is it that I don’t crave pumpkin anything during the summer? Riddle me that.

Same with apple crisps and quinoa apple crumbles. Yet, I’m so obsessed with them right now. Why don’t I make them in the summer though? Or any time of year?

pumpkin spice peanut butter granola clusters in white bowl next to striped napkin

Keep This Pumpkin Seed Granola On Hand Year Round

Bottom line: Lesson learned. This pumpkin spice granola is a snack to have year-round. It’s full of fiber, flavor, plant-based protein, magnesium, zinc, iron and so many good things. 

By the way, on the topic of fall foods, if you’re someone who just can’t choose between pumpkin and apple, you can make this apple pumpkin baked oatmeal. It’s one of my favorites for a cool cozy morning.

Or, if you prefer a sweet pumpkin snack, you can’t go wrong with these vegan pumpkin blondies. Trust me.

pumpkin granola recipe batter in blue bowl before baking

But, if you stick to the seasons and like fall flavors (ahem, pumpkin), I think you’ll love this pumpkin spice peanut butter granola recipe.

It’s special because we’re using three forms of pumpkin:

  • pumpkin puree
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • pumpkin seeds

It really is an easy pumpkin granola recipe and I think you’ll agree that it will soon become your favorite healthy pumpkin spice granola. 

What You Need for Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola

A handful of things you probably have in your pantry, plus my 3 pumpkin flavorings!

  • old fashioned oats
  • butter
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • canned pumpkin puree
  • cup pumpkin seeds (we LOVE this brand)

We’re using honey as a natural sweetener so this pumpkin and peanut butter granola is a sugar free pumpkin granola snack (free from added sugars). 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola with yogurt and sliced banana in white bowl

This peanut butter granola also makes a great topping on my peanut butter coffee smoothie.

How To Keep Healthy Pumpkin Spice Granola Crunchy 

So, have you ever made granola before but you can’t get it crunchy or get the clusters? 

Me too. I learned the secret when making my coconut cinnamon maple granola.

First, make sure to spread the mixture out thin.

We’re also not baking this easy pumpkin granola recipe very long. We’re only talking like 15 minutes. And then do a little scramble, shake it out, and throw it back in for 5-10 minutes (I did 7-8 minutes). The edges will start to look crisp.

When you take it out of the oven, the pumpkin and peanut butter clusters may not appear super crispy or clustery yet, but be patient.

LET IT SIT, for 10-15 minutes. This is when the magic happens, and it starts to cluster together.

pumpkin seed granola spread out on baking sheet

Once you mix your ingredients, it only takes 15 minutes + 5-10 to bake, so you can easily be snacking away in under an hour. If you decide you’re no longer feeling the pumpkin flavor, simply leave out the pumpkin seeds, spice and pumpkin puree.

Since there is no egg involved in this recipe, feel free to taste as you go along. Maybe you like it more pumpkin or peanut buttery.

I tried a few renditions and found this pumpkin spice granola rendition to be great for what I was looking for.

But totally feel free to customize it more! I did enjoy the variety of pumpkin flavors and textures!

An Easy Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Snack

This triple pumpkin peanut butter granola is surprisingly not overly pumpkin-y or peanut buttery, but subtly, it’s both. And it’s so good.

It’s a great healthy pumpkin snack for kids. Pumpkin is surprisingly nutritious, offering ample fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. This is a great way to get those nutrients into your kiddos.

If you want more toddler snack ideas, check out this ultimate guide of toddler snack ideas

This peanut butter granola recipe is good all year round, and be great mixed in with a DIY trail mix. 

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola, Fall Snack

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola boasts 3 forms of pumpkin and is the perfect crunchy pumpkin granola recipe. It makes a great on-the-go snack or topping. 

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mix ingredients in large bowl and stir carefully to combine and make sure oats are coated. 
  3. Spread mixture THIN on baking sheet. The mixture should be thick and wet. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes on middle rack. Shake and spread out and bake for 5-10 more minutes or until edges are starting to turn brown. 
  5. Let cool for 15 minutes and break into clusters. 

Notes

The granola will firm up a little as you let it cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 509mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 7gSugar: 20gProtein: 13g

Let me know if you make this pumpkin granola and love it! We love to make it for our weekly meal prep, and it also makes for a great one handed, breastfeeding snack!

 

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pumpkin seed granola clusters in clear container

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12 responses to “Pumpkin Peanut Butter Granola (Pumpkin Seed Granola)

  1. I never could get my granola to be clustery and crunchy. Thanks for sharing the secret!

    Pumpkin or apple is so hard….I think I would have to go with apple because it’s more year round.

  2. Yum!!!! I’ve been craving apple things more than usual this fall…. apple crisp, Apple pie, Apple cake… I want it all. Need to get a bag of apples from the market this week.

    This looks ridiculously good though. Yay for perfect crunchy clusters!

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