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Pumpkin Seed Granola (Grain-Free!)

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This Pumpkin Seed Granola is grain-free and super-easy to make. All you need is 30 minutes of time and a handful of healthy ingredients!

pumpkin seed granola in bowl with fruit on top

Why Make Grain-Free Granola?

This recipe is grain-free, so it’s properly combined when you serve it with almond milk and sliced banana on top. It will leave you feeling satisfied for hours!

Pumpkin seed granola is also gluten-free, oil-free, vegan, and paleo friendly, so you can enjoy it even if following one of these special diets. I love that it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, so it won’t spike your blood sugar as much as a version made with refined sugar might.

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Why make a grain-free granola out of pumpkin seeds? These seeds are a great nut-free alternative and are loaded with nutrients.

Here’s why I love them:

Keep in mind that when I say pumpkin seeds in this recipe, I’m referring to hulled pumpkin seeds, which are also called pepitas. You can usually find them in the grocery store near other nuts and seeds.

maple syrup added to pumpkin seeds in bowl

Granola Ingredients

I love this grain-free granola recipe because all you need is a handful of ingredients to make it, and it’s flexible enough that you can use what you have on hand.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shredded coconut (make sure you buy one that is not sweetened)
  • Pumpkin seeds (hulled ones; also called pepitas)
  • Sunflower seeds (or you can use extra pumpkin seeds)
  • Chia Seeds (I love how these help everything stick together)
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Maple syrup (this makes everything stick together and get crunchy)

I love that this recipe is oil-free and super-fast to prepare. Once everything is mixed together, you just have to flatten it out on a lined baking sheet and bake until lightly golden.

pumpkin seed granola mixed in bowl

This granola will crisp up as it cools, and then you can break it into pieces. Store it in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve it.

before and after baked granola on pan

I like to serve this pumpkin seed granola homemade almond milk or hemp milk (for extra protein!), along with a sliced banana to make sure I stay full for hours.

pumpkin seed granola in a bowl with jar of milk

pumpkin seed granola in bowl with fruit on top
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Pumpkin Seed Granola (Grain-Free!)

This Pumpkin Seed Granola is a grain-free recipe that you can make in just 30 minutes. I love how it's naturally sweetened and will keep you full for hours!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine paleo, vegan
Keyword grain-free granola, pumpkin seed granola
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 346kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 300F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl, and stir well to combine.
  • Add in the maple syrup, and stir again until all of the ingredients have been coated. This will help everything stick together, but the mixture won't look very wet.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet, and spread it out into a flat, even layer. Bake at 300ºF for 25 minutes, or until the granola looks lightly golden.
  • Let the granola cool completely. It will firm up as it cools, and then you can break it into pieces and store it in an airtight container. This will last for up to a week when stored at room temperature, or you can store it for up to a month in the fridge. (You can probably freeze it for up to 3 months, too, if you want to make a larger batch.)
  • Serve with almond milk and sliced bananas, or any other toppings you like!

Notes

You can swap the seeds in this recipe for any other nut or seed you have on hand. If using a large nut, like walnuts or pecans, I suggest chopping them up with knife to make smaller pieces that will stick together easier in this granola recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 327mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition information is for 1/4 of this recipe and does not include fruit or milk. This information is automatically calculated ,and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.

If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how you like it! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’ve been eating this at least twice a week lately. I’d love to hear about any modifications or swaps you make to this recipe, too. We can all benefit from hearing about your experience!

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Comments

Jenna

If I don’t use syrup, should I use more oil so it’s not so dry?

Niki Sherie

Yum yum yum! Thank you so much! I thought it sounded good so made a double batch first go 🙂 Added slivered almonds with the seeds in the processor and flax seeds afterwards. Added chopped dried apricots and dried cranberries when it was cold. So delicious! Way better that other toasted muesli! Thank you!

Texas Gifts

It’s awesome that this recipe is nut-free. Going to get the ingredients I need and try it out in the next few days. Thanks for the post!

Erica

I always make a double batch of this because it’s so good. I sub dried cranberries instead of raisins for some added zing. I’ve made it as “thank you” gifts for neighbors (it looks so pretty in a jelly jar) and have had to share your recipe each time as they are all hooked too after tasting it. Great recipe!

Fausta

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was after a nut-free, grain-free cereal… and I love it! I replaced the maple syrup with honey and it tastes great! This recipe is a keeper… thanks!

Cat

Where is the best place to buy organic raw seeds online?

Cristina

Hi,
Do you happen to know how I could make these into granola bars? Thanks

Pardita

Hey

The calories are per portion or for the whole batch ??

Regards,
Pardita

Julie

How long does it store?can you freeze it?

Beth

It looks like you used green pepitas in your photos. Can you make this with the white pumpkin seeds from ripe pumpkins as well, like the ones from your roasted pumpkin recipe? If so, do you need to prep them in anyway, or is roasting inside the pumpkin enough to soften them a bit?

    Megan Gilmore

    I would probably dry the white seeds in the oven first to dry them out, then use them in this recipe. I’d want them very crunchy!

NataleE

Question! My kiddos love this granola but do you have any suggestions on how I could turn this into bars for them for easier packing? Thanks!

Caitlin

I just used your post for roasting a whole pumpkin and it linked me to this recipe. Do i need to do anything to the pumpkin seeds first before the granola recipe directions?
They have been in the oven as part of roasting a whole pumpkin but have not been roasted/dried themselves at this point. Thanks!! I’m excited to try this recipe!

Gabriella S

If I wanted to add cardamom, how much should I add to this to get the flavor but not too much?

Elaine West

This recipe is linked to baking a fresh pumpkin… So this granola recipe must need to have the seeds roasted first? Do you have directions for doing that? I could guess, but I’d really like ten to turn out good!

Abigail

Yum! Looks delicious, I have always loved the taste of pumpkin seeds.

Cookie

I made this today. I had all ingredients as listed. A nice change from rolled oats. Another excellent recipe. Thank you.

Iva

Just made it this morning. One word…delicious! !!!!!

Wendy

I made this and it is DELICIOUS! I absolutely love it. But mine didn’t “clump” together like the photo or usual granola. Any hints on how to fix that?

Penny

I made the pumpkin seed granola this morning and it is totally delicious! I broke off bits to test as I was storing it and could have eaten it as cookies!

Nathalie

I made this yesterday and it was SO SO good! I can’t get enough of it!

Luna @ Healthy Kitchen 101

Great bowl! I’m have been using granola with milk and some fruits for daily breakfast. This recipe would be certainly an improvement for my plan!

Beth

Just made this and it’s great! Such a nice variation from my homemade granola with oats. Easy, fun, delicious and, of course, nutritious!

EliaZabeth Santos

Love this simple and delicious granola. I used Chopped walnuts and ground flaxseed in place of sunflower seeds. Yum 😋

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