Pumpkin Granola

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paleo pumpkin granola

Ok, I’m going to be honest.  When I started to create this recipe following the principles of the 21 Day Sugar Detox, I thought it was going to suck.

I know.  Also, I’m not huge into pumpkin.  

However, I realize now that I love pumpkin when it’s fresh roasted.  Lord, what a difference in flavor.  The flavor difference is similar to eating a tomato fresh from the garden and one you can buy from the grocery store in the middle of winter.

Even my husband ate a couple of handfuls, which shocked me to the core, since he hates pumpkin.

paleo pumpkin granola

Anyhow, this Pumpkin Granola recipe is super simple and is nut-free and vegan to boot.  

If you’d like to kick up the sweetness I recommend adding 1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup.

paleo pumpkin granola
paleo pumpkin granola

Pumpkin Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving



  1. Place the pumpkin puree, vanilla, salt, melted coconut oil and pumpkin spice in a bowl and mix.
  2. Then add in the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and coconut shreds and blend until well coated.
  3. Pour this onto a baking sheet and spread evenly.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -15 minutes.
  5. Let sit out for 30 minutes and enjoy!

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  1. D @ The kosher cavegirl November 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Oh, Y-U-M. I’m definitely going to make this later on this afternoon so that I can have it for breakfast tomorrow with fresh almond milk. Thank you for posting another great 21DSD recipe!

  2. anne November 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love to snack so this would be great to munch on,

  3. Joanne November 9, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This granola looks pretty fabulous to me!! I’m so glad you came around to pumpkin! Home-roasted tastes SO different from a storebought can!

  4. jeanae November 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I am racing to the store tomorrow for ingredients! This looks so amazing and easy! Thanks for sharing

  5. Jennifer H November 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

    yummy! This would definitely be something hubby and I could enjoy.

  6. Jennifer November 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I’ve never actually roasted a pumpkin myself but I can imagine how amazing the taste difference is. I would totally love to dive into this, not too much though because I can’t handle THAT much pumpkin taste.

  7. Katie November 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    You had me at pumpkin! This sounds like a great snack!

  8. debra p November 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    You’re so right! Fresh pumpkin tastes completely different to me. I like this idea and want to try it. But, I generally want to try everything you post! Have you considered doing a Paleo cooking show? I would so watch that! 😉 Seriously. You’d be perfect.

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks hun! I would love to do something like this! Now to find the time 🙂

  9. robyn November 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    oh yum! this looks SO good!

  10. Kait November 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    This looks great! I’d love to try some in my greek yogurt 🙂 Not sure if that’s Paleo though…

  11. Stephanie person November 10, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Delicious!! Super easy and I have all the ingredients! yay!

  12. Eliza November 11, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Oh my pumpkiny goodness, this looks awesome! And just in time because I’m giving up honey and maple syrup for a few weeks. I’m making it today! Thank you 🙂

  13. LyndaS November 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I am going to Pin this because I really want to make it – soon!

  14. Brandy @ A Mindful Mantra November 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I cannot wait to try this! Granola/cereal is one thing I seriously miss since going grain and sugar free!

  15. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com November 15, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I don’t know if I should admit this, but I’ve never roasted a pumpkin! Some food blogger, huh? I think I need to remedy that this year, and then maybe make some granola with the fruit of my labor. 🙂 Thanks for a fun, healthy recipe!

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      It’s so simple! Also, you know how canned pumpkin has that bitter aftertaste. You get none of that with fresh roasted and it’s sweet.

  16. Natasha November 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I am a little confused on the steps in the recipe. Do you mean “blend” on the pumpkin, oil, spice, etc, then “mix in a bowl” with the seeds & coconut? Iris backwards (I think?) in the recipe. Can you clarify? Thanks!

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Natasha, it’s a one bowl recipe. I found that you need to mix the spices in with the wet ingredients so they get evenly dispersed.

  17. Rhoda July 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I made this last night (even though my house was sweltering hot). Yummy!

    Today I walked into the kitchen and was “munching” while I decided on what to eat for lunch. I still had some granola in my mouth when I took a bite of grilled chicken. YUMMY!! So I tossed some chicken chunks and granola in a bowl and garnished it with cilantro. Even more yummy! Weird combo, but a taste bud pleaser 🙂

    1. Kelly Bejelly July 17, 2014 at 7:10 am

      That sounds delicious! I am going to have to try it!

  18. Alyssa December 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    My granola did not come out hard. It was very soft. I used canned pumpkin. Any suggestions.

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I would bake it a touch longer and let it sit out for at least an hour to “harden” Alyssa


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