Thanksgiving Granola

A cranberry pecan granola with pumpkin seeds and maple syrup @mjskitchen |

When I started making my own granola a couple of years ago this was the first granola I made.  It came together because it was late in the year and I had a freezer full of pecans and huge bag of craisins.  I have to admit that I haven’t made another granola that I enjoy as much as this one.


Cranberry Pecan Granola (aka Thanksgiving Granola) Recipe

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen

Yields: about 5 cups
Prep and Cook time: 45 minutes


3 cups rolled oats
1 ½ cup chopped pecans (large pieces)
½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
¼ cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
½ tsp. salt
1 cup dried cranberries (I use craisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, pecans, and pumpkin seeds.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the cranberries.
  4. Using a spatula combine the wet and dry ingredients. Combine thoroughly to coat all of the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  5. Spread evenly in large sheet pan with 1-inch sides.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir with a spatula. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes. Remove and stir in the cranberries. (I pour the granola back into the original mixing bowl to mix in the cranberries. It prevents the granola from going everywhere.)
  7. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Store in an airtight container.



Kitchen Notes

As with any granola, you can add or substitute as much as you like; however, I like the simplicity of this granola so I’ve never really altered it.

It’s not as sweet as most granola, so if you like your granola sweet, you can increase the brown sugar to 2 Tbsp. or, for an even sweeter granola, increase the maple syrup to 1/2 cup.


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30 Responses to “Thanksgiving Granola”

  1. Michael Ann June 18, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Ooo, this looks so hearty and delicious. I’m going to try it!

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook December 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    I love granola but never made one at home. I love cranberries and pecans and your granola sounds extra delicious with my favorites in it. 🙂

  3. sally December 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I haven’t made granola in a while. This recipe looks great!

  4. Magic of Spice December 7, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I love granola but have not had it in such a long time…great recipe 🙂

  5. mj December 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I’ll be making this again tomorrow, it’s go good and we ran out this morning!

  6. Food Jaunts December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I love all of the fall flavors in this. I’d probably follow your instructions and kick up the brown sugar a bit, but the use of maple syrup with the pepitas and cranberries sounds amazing

  7. Sanjeeta kk December 1, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    What wonderful ingredients..healthy and yum snack!

  8. Quay Po Cooks December 1, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    This is a healthy snack to have around. I like the combo you used.

  9. Baker Street December 1, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    I love homemade granola. cranberries and pecans are a lovely addition. thanks for sharing MJ! 🙂

  10. daksha November 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    The granola is looks delicious and healthy too. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you had a wonderful celebration with family, friends and delicious meals too.

  11. wok with ray November 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    Simple but with abundance of flavorful and healthful ingredients. Btw, not sure if you noticed. The background of your photo has almost exact color of the background of your page or am I just color blind. It looks like the food is under the white background with a square hole. Amazing, MJ! Forgive me if I see these kind of things — I’m just weird, Hahaha!

    Have an enjoyable rest of the week, MJ! 🙂

    ~ ray ~

    • mj December 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      Good eye Ray! I didn’t notice the coloring until you mentioned it! Yes, the two colors are the same, but it wasn’t intentional. Great little eye play. 🙂

  12. Kate @ Kate from Scratch November 30, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    This looks so perfect to lighten up in between holidays without starving! So satiating and delicious. I love it!

  13. Tina (PinayInTexas) November 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Your Thanksgiving Granola looks so good! Cranberries and pecans always make me love granola more!

  14. Parsley Sage November 29, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    Mmm…love granola with cranberries! And totally perfect for post-Thanksgiving snackage 🙂

  15. vianney November 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I love this, Thanksgiving granola.. full of flavor and healthy!! thanks for sharing, have a great week!

  16. Christine November 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    This looks so good and healthy.

  17. Ashley November 28, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Mmm this sounds yummy! I love pumpkin seeds. I love that you call it Thanksgiving granola too, that makes it sound more delicious for some reason. I’m a sucker for marketing. 😉

  18. Reem | Simply Reem November 28, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Making granola at home instantly makes me feel super healthy….
    Yours look really yummy…

  19. Charles November 28, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    I loves me some good granola – I actually just made some muesli last night – my wife had been wanting some for a while, though my next thing after that will be another batch of granola I think! Lovely colours in the bowl there – looks delicious!

  20. Anne@frommysweetheart November 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    MJ…this is so beautiful and timely! I actually have some pepitas for a recipe that I just didn’t get the chance to make. And I have an extra bag of craisins! Would you believe I’ve never yet made my own granola?! I think I will start with this recipe! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! : )

    • mj November 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      Hey – I never made granola until a couple of years ago but I’ve eaten it for a couple of decades! This is a great one to start with.

  21. Suzi November 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    MJ, this looks like a very tasty and healthy granola. Love the addition of pecans my favorite nut besides brazil nuts. I will have to make this. Happy Sunday to you!

  22. Kelly November 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    What a gorgeous presentation MJ – rustic, country beautiful. And so full of goodness. I like that you have kept the sugars to a minimum and maximized on the natural sweetness from the cranberry. Wonderful recipe. I hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend!

  23. Katherine Martinelli November 27, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    I love love love homemade granola and can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks just perfect.

  24. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks November 27, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Looks like a very tasty granola!

  25. balvinder November 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I love.. granola. When I bake it the whole house smell with sweet nutty aroma of oats. the craisins and pepitas in you granola are giving a nice colour.

    • mj November 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

      I agree. I love the way the house smells! It’s like making bread!

  26. Spoon and Chopsticks November 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Nice and healthy granola recipe.

    Spoon and Chopsticks


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