It is no secret that I love all things pumpkin and all things that follow a theme.  The theme I have been sticking with most recently is the “autumn” theme.

As I was getting food ready for the week on Sunday, I had the urge to make some granola.  Not just any granola though, pumpkin granola.

I am in love!  This stuff is crunchy, full of fall flavors, and delicious on it’s own.

Typically, Brian likes to enjoy his granola on yogurt rather than on it’s own.  With this stuff, he has been eating it just plain out of a bowl with his fingers.  I think he likes it 😉

When making granola in the past, I have used canola oil or nut butter as the “fat” part of the homemade granola equation.  With this batch, not only did I experiment with the pumpkin flavor, but I decided to experiment by using coconut oil instead of my typical canola oil or nut butter.

I was nervous as to what the end result would be, but I think that the granola is extra crunchy because coconut oil hardens at room temperature.  I think I may be using coconut oil in all of my granola recipes from now on! And no it didn’t make the granola taste the slightest bit like coconut.

Pumpkin Pie Granola


  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped praline pecans (or regular pecans)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine the oats, chopped pecans, salt, and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil, pumpkin, and vanilla.  Melt these items together over the stove on medium heat, or in the microwave on 45 second intervals, stirring between each round.  Once the honey and coconut oil combination is combined, mix the dry and wet ingredients together, with the exception of the dates and pumpkin seeds.   Place granola on a greased cookie sheet.  Cook for about 2 hours at 250 degrees, stirring the granola every 15 minutes.  Once the granola is finished cooking, stir in the dates and the pumpkin seeds. Spread on a sheet of wax paper to cool.  ENJOY!
Are you a pumpkin fan, or do you have another favorite fall food?
I am a total pumpkin freak and love everything with that flavor, but I also love apple cider 🙂  Yum for fall foods.


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