Pumpkin chai granola cluster

Soft-Baked Pumpkin Chai Granola

  • Author: Blaire
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast


You know those kinds of recipes that make your house smell great for days?? Well, this soft-baked pumpkin chai granola is bound to replace any Fall-themed candle you have in your house with how YUMMY and cozy it smells coming out of the oven.


Dry base

  • 2 cups Old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 c. Tricolor quinoa (any quinoa would do, I just thought the colors looked cool and fall-like)
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp nutmeg

“Sauté Mix ins”:

  • 2 cups pecan halves (check out Whole Foods in the bull section)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 TBSP Vanilla (This may seem like a lot, but I like a lot of vanilla, k?)
  • 1 Tsp cardamom
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Agave nectar (maple syrup or honey would also work here)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Coconut sugar (or brown sugar) – depending how sweet you want it
  • 1/3 cup Coconut oil


  • 3 egg whites


Preheat oven to 325.

Mix the “dry base” ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.

Over medium heat, combine the “saute mix ins (minus the pumpkin)” following in a sauté pan. Cook until the pecans are golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Then, mix in 2/3 cup pumpkin purée in the saucepan before pouring into the dry mix bowl. Note: the pumpkin/pecan mixture will look clumpy and unappetizing haha but just mix it in real well with the oats and it’ll all be good! Have faith.

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk the wet ingredients until the sugar dissolves (or do the same thing in a microwave if you don’t wanna dirty another pan, I feel ya).

Pour the agave mixture in the dry mix bowl and MIX WELL UNTIL EVERY LAST DRY BIT IS COATED. Then, pour over a 1/2 sheet pan, or split between 2 quarter sheet pans. You want a very thin layer.

***SECRET TO GET THE CLUMPS*** Whisk 3 egg whites for 45 seconds until frothy, then dump over granola and use the back of a spoon to spread it over the mix. This will give you the best clumps!
Bake for 25-30 min or until golden brown and the edges are crispy. Let it cool completely (muy importante)! Then transfer to a mason jar or plastic baggie.

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