Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons. It's also a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and maple-flavored everything. This gluten-free maple granola recipe takes all those flavors to the next level with the addition of pumpkin pie spice!
The maple syrup in this recipe makes it perfect for fall. The pumpkin spice also adds that warm, cozy feeling. If you are looking for healthy homemade gluten-free granola that is gluten-free and vegan then this is the perfect mix of flavors!
This healthy homemade gluten-free granola recipe can be prepared in about 30 minutes with only 7 ingredients only. It is dairy-free vegan and is refined sugar-free as it is naturally sweetened.
If you love everything with pumpkin, don't forget to try our comprehensive guide to cooking with pumpkin.
This delicious recipe meets the qualifications of an appropriate partner for all kinds of yogurt. The list of ingredients is brief and all very delicious! A good choice for a nutrient-rich breakfast.
The ingredients are all good-looking and are vegan. They contain no refined sugar as part of the recipe or within their ingredients.
- Oats old-fashioned gluten-free rolled oats
- Dry cranberries
- nuts (I use a combination of almonds and walnuts, pecan nuts also pair very well)
- Mixed seeds (use a variety of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds)
- Pumpkin spice mix
- Pure maple syrup (or organic coconut palm sugar)
- Pure vanilla extract
- Turmeric, not essential but add a nice orange color and healthy curcumin’s properties
- Pinch of black pepper, to propel curcumin’s properties
- Sliced almonds, shredded coconut, or coconut flakes as a topping.
How to make homemade granola
This healthy granola recipe takes about 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. Granola always feels nice once it is cooked but hardens slowly with cooking.
Let the granola cool completely to get an accurate measuring of doneness. The hardest hardness turns into the crunchy one!
Pre-heat oven to 300ºF (150ºC).
Mix the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, and seeds, pure On maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, pumpkin spice mix, and any additional spices. Everything BUT the dry fruit.
Bake. On a prepared baking sheet or parchment paper, onto a baking tray and spread the granola mixes it in an even layer.
On a pre-heated oven, bake until lightly golden brown, about 25-35 mins, stirring halfway.
Finalize. Let the granola cool completely and top with the cranberries or dry fruit of your choice.
Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.
Note: go easy on pumpkin seeds and turmeric ad they have strong flavors.
Let it cool down completely before storing it so that everything can dry up properly. This way you will have a perfect homemade gluten-free maple granola mix to last for more than one week of regular breakfasts!
Store this granola recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months (if they last too long).
Try to keep it in a dry environment, otherwise, you can store the airtight container on the refrigerator which is dry.
Substitutions and Variations for this gluten-free granola
You can easily customize this granola by adding dried apples or bananas to its base and dried fruit. As the granola cools, you must choose how much you'd like it to have. If you genuinely enjoy them as breakfast coffee, the chunks may be cut down as they cool.
Nuts - use raw nuts, as they will be toasted in the oven. My favorites are almonds, walnuts, and pecan nuts.
Dried fruit - this awesome recipe calls for dried cranberries, but you can also use dried raisins or dried blueberries, they all work.
Seeds for Nut-free granola - if you are looking for a nut-free version.you can use only seeds such as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds, instead of nuts.
In case you use pumpkin seeds, I recommend adding them after baking the granola, as they tend to build a lot of flavor after baked, and can overtake the rest of the flavors.
Sweetener - we are making here a pumpkin maple granola recipe, but you can also use agave syrup, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, or brown sugar.
Toppings - get creative! I like using fresh fruit on top of my gluten-free granola, to keep it healthy. Some people use even mini chocolate chips. Just watch out, in case you want to keep it healthy, so you don't add unnecessary calories.
Flavor - I like granola recipes with lots of flavor, so feel free to add more pumpkin spice, vanilla extract or I also find it lovely, using almond and orange blossom scents.
This gluten-free granola recipe has nuts in it but don't worry, you can use seeds instead of nuts to make a gluten-free and nut-free - This recipe is very versatile and you can make any and every substitution you want to make it the perfect gluten-free breakfast for your family.
For additional breakfast ideas please see our gluten-free section.
One of the reasons I love this recipe is because it is fully customizable, and you don't need to wait until you have all the ingredients, you can simply switch, for the ones you like.
Is this Gluten-Free granola good for you?
This homemade granola is created with a natural sweetener (maple syrup) and healthful fats of nuts, and seeds. They are filled with fat and rich and healthier than store-bought granola which can be overly sweetened by processing with oils.
If you need more information about nutritional information in your recipes click the recipe card below to view the detailed Nutrition Info. Follow the table for all that nutrients.
Are oats gluten-free?
Oats are naturally gluten-free, so they have no gluten protein. They are generally growing, harvested, transported processed, and/or packaged along with wheat in equipment.
Typically oats are grown to be harvested using equipment with wheat so there are high levels of cross-contamination.
However, unless you're gluten intolerant and a celiac you should get all certified gluten-free oat products. If you're diagnosed with celiac disease, you should keep the oats away for a while as their contents should be tough to digest.
Why is my granola not crunchy?
It is also very important to store granola at room temperature in an airtight and sealed container to ensure that it does not retain any moisture and remains crispy.
If your kitchen/living room is particularly moist it may be able to lose its crispiness quickly when put into a standstill for days. It might get hard to maintain the crispness but it will be very crisp once cool.
You can also opt to add coconut oil or olive oil, to the dry ingredients mix. This will create a tiny oil coating in the ingredients, which will make them crunchier.
I used to add coconut oil to my granola, as a rule of thumb, but then I discovered that I could simply omit it, and still get the crunchy result that I was looking for. If you decide to add the coconut oil, you may need to bake the mix for 5 minutes less, so prevent any burning.
Hint: it is very easy to burn your maple granola, so keep an eye, after the minute twenty, to ensure, everything is well.
If you’re looking for a healthy, easy to make, and customizable pumpkin maple granola recipe that will keep your taste buds happy all fall season long. This is the perfect one! It only requires 7 ingredients, takes less than 30 minutes to whip up in a bowl, and can be customized with any combination of nuts or seeds.
Give it a try this weekend by following our foolproof instructions provided!
More Oats and Granola Recipes?
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #ourplantbasedworld on Instagram. Cheers!
Recipe: Pumpkin Maple Granola Recipe | Gluten-Free
- 2 cups gluten-free oats oats old-fashioned gluten-free rolled oats or spelt
- ½ cup dried cranberries or use a combination of dry fruit including raisins and/or sultanas.
- ½ cup nuts I use a combination of almonds and walnuts, pecan nuts also pair very well
- ¼ cup mixed seeds use a variety of, chia, sunflower, and flax seeds
- 1 ½ tablespoon pumpkin spice mix
- ⅓ cup maple syrup agave syrup, or organic coconut palm sugar, or a mix of the two
- 1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ ounces coconut flakes
- Sliced bananas or cubed apples
- Preheat oven to 300ªF (150ºC).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds, sweeteners, pumpkin spice mix, and any additional spices. Everything BUT the dry fruit.
- Pour the granola onto a baking tray and spread it in an even layer.
- Bake until lightly golden, about 25-35 mins, stirring halfway.
- Let the granola cool completely and top with the dried fruit.
- Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.
Pin it for Later!
We sometimes take for granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. See our full Nutritional Disclosure here.
Please note that some of the links here are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy.