Loaded Pepita Granola

Loaded Pepita Granola 2Cue that {really bad but can’t get it out of my head} Friday song. We’ve made it. Hallelujah!

High fives for everyone.

YOU get a high five and YOU get a high five!

Today I was going to post a ridiculous cookie recipe….quite similar to these, but more Halloweenie. {Haha. Weenie.} {—>yes, I’m immature. Get over it.} But then decided to post this recipe because it had less pictures to edit. I’m tired and realistic, people. Mothers, wives, bloggers, business owners, etc are busy people. Especially when they’re all ME. So give me a break. Bright and early Monday morning, you better have your fat pants ready and waiting for those little beauties that will probably give you a stroke. That’s how shockingly good they are.

I’ve said too much already.

Don’t miss Monday’s post. That is all.

Now, onto this recipe. I seem to work in food phases. There was a time where I couldn’t stop making quesadillas. Then there was the chopped salads. Then oreos. Then roasted red peppers. Then Cinnabons. And now granola. I’ve done the chocolate almond granola , orange almond granola, my popular no-bake granola bars and now a new kind of granola is here to be added to the repertoire. Something festive for the Fall that is still healthy and quite addictive.

In my mind, since this is healthy, I can eat all I want and not feel guilty. 141 calories per serving x 8.2 servings = 0 calories. Duh.

Girl math at it’s finest, let me tell you.
granola 1Anyways, just like any other granola recipe, you toss all your ingredients together in a bowl with a slurry of melted goodness and bake. Ingredients could include anything like butter, vegetable oil, maple syrup, agave, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, etc. After an hour in the oven, voila! Granola. A super simple fail-proof method with a perfect outcome! LOVES IT. And your house will smell amazing PS.

I used a bunch of random stuff I had on hand and it turned out amazing. Growing up, my Mom always used sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in her granola and it was crazy good. I still have dreams about her granola. So, adding these two were a must, plus I threw in coconut flakes, almonds and a few other surprises! So yummy and really healthy too 🙂 Add some fruit and it turns into a great breakfast. I eat this more as a snack than anything and it’s super tasty! We love it.

So, try to get around to making a batch this weekend! Have a great one, folks!
Loaded Pepita Granola


Loaded Pepita Granola

Yield: 11 cups of cereal


  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups whole, raw almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • for the flavor mixture--
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir.
  3. Melt butter, maple syrup and brown sugar together in a small bowl in the microwave, about 1 minute. Stir in vanilla, and spices. Pour entire contents over dry ingredients in bowl. Stir to coat evenly and spread evenly between 2 baking sheets. Bake 1 hour or until very golden brown. Remove from oven, cool completely, then store in air tight containers for up to 2 weeks...that is if it lasts that long.

Loaded Pepita Granola 1


Read more of our favorites



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. This looks AMAZING. Can you say perfect snack? Definitely making this over the weekend so I can have it at work next week!!

  2. Oh girl you made my heart sing…. umm pepitas and granola? in the same mix? be still my beating heart! i am now off to the store to pick up some more raw almonds because mine went missing. (p.s. i found the empty tupperware container in a certain teenager’s room… like they are “allowed” food in their rooms or i wouldn’t go hunting for the missing container.. teenagers! but at least they are eating healthy!)

  3. I have zero self-control when it comes to granola. I think I’ll make this anyway. Happy Friday to me!

  4. hey, lauren, this looks fantastic. one issue i have is that i don’t eat refined sugar, so i’m wondering if i could substitute honey or molasses for the brown sugar part, and, if so, will there be a moisture problem?

    • Yes, you can do that! Either use all maple syrup or sub the brown sugar for honey. Should come out just fine!

  5. I’m on a straight up Quesadilla kick right now. Glad I’m not the only one who suffers from food obsessions. I’m lovin all the flavors going on in this granola! Perfect for fall!

  6. This sounds soo good! I do love me some granola, but I only ever have quick oats on hand and they aren’t quite the same for making homemade granola!

  7. Homemade granola is the best, thanks for reminding me I need to make a batch! And I’ll definitely be checking in on Monday…

  8. I honestly would have never thought to add sesame seeds to granola, but now that you mention it, it just makes perfect sense. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. I have yet to make homemade granola… I dont know why! I need to like, now. This looks so delicious 🙂

  10. I got to see and smell these in PERSON on Saturday and oh my gosh, they taste so good and I wish I could’ve brought a bowl home with me!!

  11. I just made a batch of this and can’t wait to eat it. It just came out of the oven and my house smells soooo yumm!! I am drying out banana chips now to put with it and next time I go to the store, I will buy some cranberries to add too. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  12. What are pepitas



  1. Lauren's Latest » Pumpkin Spiced Candied Pepitas - [...] my crack. Therefore, I’m addicted. And by addicted, I mean I had some left over from my granola. Last year…