Paleo Pumpkin Granola

I’ve been thinking a lot about granola lately.

Cereal has always been a comfort food for me– since back when I was a vegetarian and I ate four bowls a day.

The fall makes me crave comfort foods…and cereal is one of them.

So, I decided to make some fall-flavored paleo granola to satisfy my comfort food craving.


This recipe is based on my Nutty Granola, which is based on a recipe from Paleo Parents’ amazing book, Eat Like a Dinosaur.

002 So. Yum.


Paleo Pumpkin Granola
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A sometimes sweet treat for some breakfast comfort food.
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1½ cup coconut flakes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup Medjool dates, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a very large bowl combine coconut flakes, almond flour, dates, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, dates and pecans.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup (if you're using), pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to a dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
  5. Spread the granola in a thin layer on the baking sheet.
  6. Cook for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning.

This stuff smells so goooooood while it’s baking! The best fall smell in the world!


What’s your favorite fall comfort food? Tell me in the comments below.

About Allison

Allison is a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor. She specializes in empowering individuals through 1 to 1 Health Counseling Programs to cultivate a carefree relationship with food, and to have more vibrant, natural energy by transitioning to a whole food, often Paleo, diet. DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. However, I only recommend products or services I believe in and trust.

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19 Responses to Paleo Pumpkin Granola

  1. kc October 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM #

    Is Almond meal the same as almond flour ?

    • Allison October 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

      Hi Kc, In the real world, almond meal is different from almond flour– it’s more coarse. For most recipes the distinction would matter, but for this one, almond meal or almond flour would work.

  2. Shauna Badeker October 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

    How important is the almond meal/flour? I have all the ingredients except that. Would the granola still be delicious or should I run down to the market?

    • Allison October 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

      Hi Shauna, The almond flour isn’t that important– I added it to make sure everything stuck together…but you could most likely do without it. Let me know how it goes!

  3. Jackie October 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM #

    By 1/2 cup pumpkin, I am assuming you mean pumpkin purée. Is that correct?

    • Allison October 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM #

      Yes! Pumpkin puree…I’ll fix that right now ;)

  4. Patty Cosby November 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM #

    Would you refrigerate this?

    • Allison November 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM #

      I think putting it in the fridge might take the crunch out of it– I would keep it in an air-tight container…Maybe fridge it if you feel like you won’t eat it over the course of three weeks.

  5. Melissa January 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    Hello, I made the pumpkin granola last night. I just finished a bowl of it and boy, was it tasty. However, mine didn’t really form clumps and it was kind of powdery I’m guessing from the almond flour. I was wondering if that was because I left out the maple syrup? What do you think? Either way, it tasted wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Allison January 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM #

      Hi Melissa! I’m glad you liked the granola– mine doesn’t really clump that well either. It might have been the lack of maple syrup, but I think it’s more the nature of Paleo granola… I notice that when I bake it for a bit longer, it’s more likely to clump. Thanks for the feedback!


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