Pumpkin Pie Granola Sweetened with Date Syrup

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With the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had in California, I am a late arrival to the fall recipe madness. Many of you may already be on Pinterest Pumpkin Overload (PPO), but I’m not. I’ve been too busy tweeting about fruits and vegetables at the PMA #FreshSummit conference in Anaheim. So I’m still enjoying pumpkin’s versatility and the heady fragrance of the spices that complement pumpkin’s subtle flavor and evoke the comfy cozy essence of fall.

Pumpkin Pie Granola

If you follow October Unprocessed or my Tasting Jerusalem cooking community, you may have seen discussion of a natural sweetener called date syrup, also referred to as date molasses. You won’t find it on your large chain grocers’ shelves, but you can find it online or in small Middle Eastern grocers or you can make it yourself, which I recently did. I then used it instead of maple syrup to make this granola. Maple syrup is an excellent choice with the pumpkins and pecans, but the fruity sweetness of the date syrup also worked nicely.

Pumpkin Pie Granola

I’ve tweaked this recipe three times to balance the moisture of the pumpkin and the depth of pumpkin pie flavor. Feel free to modify this recipe to your liking – increase or decrease the pumpkin pie spices to your personal tastes. Just don’t double the actual pumpkin to bump up the pumpkin flavor — you’ll end up with soft, instead of crunchy granola.

If you are in the PPO camp, then head over to this granola recipe instead – there is no mention or visual of pumpkin to be found.

And if you’re not suffering from PPO, what’s your favorite way to cook or bake with pumpkin in the fall?

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Pumpkin Pie Granola Sweetened with Date Syrup

If you can eat pumpkin pie at three meals a day, like me, then this granola recipe is for you. It doesn't smack you in the face with pumpkin flavor, but when you open the granola jar, you'll think for an instant that you actually took the leftover pie out of the fridge instead. Be sure to adjust the pumpkin seasonings to match your taste buds and personal preferences.
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 463 kcal
Author Beth Lee


  • 4 cups oats not quick cooking
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans or nut of your choice
  • ½ cup pepitas or hulled pumpkin seeds optional
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut chips optional
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ cup olive oil can use canola if you would like
  • ½ cup date syrup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, or 300 convect.
  2. Have two sheet pans ready, lined with silicone mats or parchment paper (optional).
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the first five ingredients – oats, coconut, pumpkin seeds, nuts, and salt
  4. In a smaller bowl, stir together the oil, date syrup, honey, vanilla extract along with the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom, if using. After blending it all together give it a taste and see if you like the pumpkin flavor. If all is to your liking, add this mixture to the larger bowl and combine well.
  5. Spread in an even layer on the two sheet pans. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Note the color before you place the pans in the oven – it’s done when it has noticeably darkened. It will be soft when you first take it out. Let it cool on the sheet pans. It will harden as it does. Store in a glass jar, cereal holder, or Ziploc bag.

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13 Responses to Pumpkin Pie Granola Sweetened with Date Syrup

  1. [email protected] October 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Beth, I’d love to try date syrup – it sounds so exotic. Plus I love dates, so I’ll bet it’s divine. It’s a few days before Halloween and I’m not yet on pumpkin overload. Even if I were (on pumpkin overload), I’d still want to make this granola:)

    • Beth Lee October 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

      So you can make date syrup (my recipe is on EatingRules site under his October Unprocessed series or search on my site for the teaser post to take you there.) Or you can buy it either in an international market or online. Fun to have around and experiment as an alternate sweetener or glaze or marinade ingredient …

  2. Shelly November 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    My family loves granola and this one sounds so delicious. My husband isn’t a big pumpkin fan but I bet he would eat this granola. Yum!

    • Beth Lee November 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by – this doesn’t have an overpowering pumpkin taste but definitely check out my non-pumpkin granola recipe too! My family never is happy when the granola jar is empty (as it is right now!)

  3. Hannah October 29, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Fantastic, Beth! No pumpkin overload here…I’m always happy to learn about more pumpkin inspiration like this granola. Date syrup is perfect for sweetening. Happy fall cooking to you!

    • Beth Lee October 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      And of course, like the granola you sent to me, adding in fresh dates at the end would be lovely too. We are not sick of pumpkin here either. It’s been so warm that the pumpkin flavors have been helping us get into the spirit of fall!

  4. Diane October 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    This looks scrumptious! I love homemade granola! It’s pinned and shared!

  5. King October 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I could noot resist commenting. Perfectly written!

  6. Betsy @ Desserts Required October 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    This granola looks delicious. I love pumpkin in cakes, cheesecakes, brownies, truffles, ice cream…pretty much everything!

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  8. Carol Sacks October 23, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Very festive, Beth! Hope you’re having a lovely fall, even if it’s unseasonably warm this year!

    • Beth Lee October 23, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks Carol. I’m excited for Halloween and am trying to get in the fall spirit as best as I can!

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