Give Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Granola

‘Tis the season, my sweet friends, for food, gifts, and sharing. All three separately are such great things. However, during this month? Those three together — like mischievous triplets — can be slightly like a perfect December storm if living a healthy life is something you want more of, or something you don’t want to stray from.

Do yourself and those you love a favor: What if you gave little gifts that actually make them feel good?

That’s a true gift, my friends. You can start new traditions. This is one of my favorite things to make and gift to spread that healthy love around — this gluten-free, to-die-for Pumpkin Chocolate Granola. It’s a better-than-cookies situation, and your phone will be full of texts thanking you afterward and asking for the recipe.


Pumpkin Chocolate Granola

My all-time favorite morning (or any time of day) crunchy treat! It’s delicious on its own, sprinkled over whole-milk Greek yogurt, or as a cereal with whole milk. Once it cools, this granola keeps well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one month. Makes about 8 servings.


2 cups large coconut flakes

2 cups almonds, chopped

1 cup pumpkin seeds, shelled

¼ cup organic maple syrup

2 tablespoons extra-virgin, unrefined coconut oil

1½ tablespoons chia seeds 

3 teaspoons cocoa powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon 

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon sea salt 


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil and maple syrup. Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt to the oil and syrup mixture, and stir well.
  3. Add the coconut flakes, almonds, and pumpkin seeds to a larger prep bowl, and drizzle the coconut-maple mixture over the top. Toss well, and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until crisp, stirring the mixture halfway through.


Issaquah native Sarah Adler is a local food blogger, nutrition coach, real-food lover, and owner of Simply Real Health Inc. Find more of her recipes, photos, and videos at

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