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Pumpkin Seed Granola

This delicious nut-free Pumpkin Seed Granola can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Full of healthy ingredients it can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.

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Pumpkin Seed Granola on baking sheet with wooden spoon.

This nut-free and gluten-free pumpkin seed granola is full of delicious and healthy oats and a variety of seeds. To ensure your granola is gluten-free make sure to purchase oats that are certified gluten-free.

Bowl of Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola being topped with milk.

Nut-Free Granola

This granola is perfect if you have someone with a nut allergy in your family. I only use pumpkin, chia and sesame seeds in this granola so it's nut-free.

Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are full of fibre, vitamins and are a great source of the mineral zinc and anti-oxidants. Chia seeds, which are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, are a healthy addition to your diet and so are sesame seeds which are rich in minerals and vitamins.

This pumpkin seed granola is flavored with cinnamon and a pinch of cloves for warmth, and some ground ginger for a little zing. The dried cranberries add a bit of sweetness and tartness to the granola.

The end product is a perfectly toasted, lightly sweetened, nut-free granola full of texture and flavour.

Bowl of nut-free Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola topped with milk.

How to Make it

Homemade granola is easy and quick to make, so it's worth the effort to make your own. Store-bought granola is often full of sugar, by making your own, you can control which sweetener you choose and how much of it goes into your granola.

For maximum freshness, I prefer making small batches that can be eaten in about a week or two.

Ingredients Overview:

  • Rolled oats
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ground cinnamon and ginger
  • Ground cloves (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup
  • 1Dried cranberries

Steps Overview:

This recipe yields about 4 cups of granola, so it's not a huge batch. To make a larger batch you can double the recipe, just make sure to use two sheet pans to spread the granola and alternate the sheet pans on the oven racks halfway through baking.

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, chia and sesame seeds, ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves (if using) and salt.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla, and stir to combine.
  4. Spread granola on a large oiled baking sheet.
  5. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven. Bake, stirring the granola every 10 minutes.
  6. Bake until the granola is fragrant and toasted to your liking, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. 
  7. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool before adding the dried cranberries.

How to Serve

Granola is wonderful for breakfast mixed with milk or yogurt and fresh fruit. It can also make a delicious and healthy snack.

How to Store

Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Granola can also be frozen in large freezer bags. Thaw granola on the counter and let it come to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Seed Granola on baking sheet

Pumpkin Seed Granola

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
This Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola is full of good for you ingredients. It comes together quickly and can be had for breakfast or as a healthy snack.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Swiss
Servings 8 makes about 4 cups
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • cloves pinch ground optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt dash
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, chia and sesame seeds, cinnamon, ginger, cloves (if using) and salt.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, the maple syrup and vanilla, stir well.
  • Spread on a large oiled baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Bake, stirring the granola every 10 minutes. Bake until granola is fragrant and toasted to your liking, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let the granola cool before adding the cranberries.

Notes

Stored in an airtight container, this pumpkin seed granola will keep well for two weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 2.7mg
Keyword Healthy Pumpkin Seed Granola, Nut-Free Granola, Pumpkin Seed Granola
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The Hungry Mum

Sunday 10th of January 2016

I could scoff this by the handful - yum :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 11th of January 2016

Yes, I'm right with you on that ;) Thanks!

nancyc

Saturday 9th of January 2016

You're right–we did both have granola on the mind! :) Yours looks so good and healthy! :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks Nancy! It will be interesting to see if we do it again this week!

Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Oh gosh, this is so chock full of goodness and I need to get back to being more disciplined in the new year. Great combination of ingredients. Thanks for the needed push!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Thanks Robyn, I agree but somehow discipline is so much more difficult when it comes to food, especially when baking is your favourite activity!

Sabrina

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Love this granola!

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Thursday 7th of January 2016

Thank you!

HapaNomNom

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

After all the eating I've done the past few months, I could certainly use a few bowls of this! I love putting granola over my yogurt in the morning with a little honey, so recipe this is perfect! And I'm a huge fan of pumpkin seeds too - nice touch :)

Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Thanks Kathleen! I know what you mean it seems like the end of the year is always a time for excess, especially when it comes to eating. I know I'm glad to be getting back to more wholesome food :)

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