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; we love to use it both in desserts like pumpkin pie, vegan banana bread, or savory side dishes like maple-glazed carrots.
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, 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 refined sugar-free as it is naturally sweetened.
This recipe is a twist on our homemade granola recipe, where we add Fall Season flavors, like our pumpkin spice mix, maple syrup, and cranberries.
This fall season, we are alternating our breakfast between pumpkin pie overnight oats, pumpkin pancakes, and this delicious granola. Always with a nice glass of carrot juice.
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 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
- Pinch of black pepper to propel curcumin’s properties
- Sliced almonds, shredded coconut, or coconut flakes as a topping.
- Turmeric is not essential, but it adds a nice orange color and healthy curcumin properties.
See how to include more turmeric in your diet with this morning tonic, a lemon, turmeric, and ginger anti-inflammatory tea.
🤔 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, spread the granola onto a baking tray and mix 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 your choice cranberries or dry fruit.
Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature.
Note: go easy on pumpkin seeds and turmeric; 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 in the dry refrigerator.
🍶 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, which will be toasted in the oven. My favorites are almonds, walnuts, and pecan nuts.
Oats - use certified gluten-free oats. See why they are healthy?
Dried fruit - this awesome recipe calls for dried cranberries, but you can also use dried raisins or dried blueberries; they all work.
Non-dairy milk - use any vegetable milk. We love using our 5-mins homemade almond milk, or the easily made oat milk (use gluten-free oats to keep the recipe gluten-free), or homemade soy milk.
Seeds for Nut-free granola - if you are looking for a nut-free version. You can use only seeds such as sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, chia, poppy, and flax seeds instead of nuts.
If you use pumpkin seeds, I recommend adding them after baking the granola, as they tend to build a lot of flavor after being baked and can overtake the rest of the flavors.
Sweetener - we are making a pumpkin maple granola recipe here, 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 even use 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 flavors, so feel free to add more pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract I also find it lovely to use almond and orange blossom scents.
This gluten-free granola recipe has nuts in it but doesn'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.
I love this recipe 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 healthy fats of nuts and seeds. They are filled with fat, rich, and healthier than store-bought granola, which can be overly sweetened by processing with oils.
If you need more 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 add coconut or olive oil to the dry ingredients mix. This will create a tiny oil coating in the ingredients, making 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 to 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!
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Pumpkin Maple Granola Recipe | Gluten-Free
- 2 cups oats gluten-free, oats old-fashioned gluten-free rolled oats or spelt
- ½ cup cranberries dried, 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
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric not essential but add a nice orange color and healthy curcumin’s properties
- Pinch black pepper to propel curcumin’s properties
- 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 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.
🌡️ Food safety
- 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 points to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
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Danielle Wolter says
This was just delicious! I love having granola for breakfast, and this fall inspired twist was so good!
Jessica Stroup says
Homemade granola is something we always keep on hand. This recipe was super easy to follow and perfect for my morning yogurt during the fall season!
Kayla DiMaggio says
Yum! I am loving this maple granola recipe! It goes perfectly in my morning yogurt!
Mandy Applegate says
I didn't realise making granola was so easy, I'm going to make this tomorrow!
I am so excited for all the pumpkin recipes at the moment and this granola looks amazing.
This granola is so good! I use it to top everything. And it's easy to make too! Thanks for the awesome recipe.
Homemade granola is always THE best! I will give your recipe a try next time I'm about to fill my granola jar. It sounds delicious!
I'm a real fan of granola for breakfast and as something to add to the top of fruit and yoghurt desserts. This Pumpkin spice version was really lovely, full of the flavours of autumn and the turmeric meant it shared in some of the same colours too. Great recipe - I'll be making this again.
Love autumn too and absolutely love the idea of maple with everything. Adding pumpkin spice sounds totally delicious too. What a great autumn granola.
I love the fall flavors in this granola! It was easy to make and devoured in no time!