Pumpkin Seed Granola with Millet and Oats

Whole grain millet and pumpkin seeds add textural interest to this tasty homemade granola. Dried dates and raisins lend natural sweetness.

From plants-rule.com

By Katie Simmons,


  • ½ cup pitted whole dates
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 cups thick-cut or regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup dry millet
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • ½ cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. In a small bowl combine the dates and ¾ cup warm water. Let stand at least 5 minutes or until softened.
  • In another small bowl combine the flaxseeds and 6 tablespoons warm water. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl combine the next seven ingredients (through salt). Place dates with liquid in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Stir pureed dates and flaxseeds with liquid into oat mixture. Spread in a 15x10-inch baking pan.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until golden, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes and adding pumpkin seeds halfway through baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Stir in raisins. Store, uncovered, at room temperature up to 10 days or freeze, covered, up to 2 months.

Comments (16)

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Shawn Betschart

I really wanted to like this recipe because most granola recipes use a lot of oil. However, this was very bland and I ended up throwing it away.

Sharon Holmes

This is a great recipe and so easy to do. It is great with some healthy yogurt and berries as a great start to the day.


If I don't have flax seeds, will chia seeds work?


Can this recipe be done in an air fryer?

Marina Sanchez

I add all those ingredients but don’t add water to flax or to dates I just mix everything and eat raw ! Is that okay?


Does dry millet mean uncooked? Thank you, Kelly


My granola is not crunchy baked it longer and it was still not crunchy is this how the recipe is?


I haven't tried this particular recipe yet, but I find that the best way to cook granola is a thin layer on a cookie sheet. The more air can circulate around it the better it will dry out. My favourite method is the overnight method: put your granola in the oven just before you go to bed with the oven set to the lowest possible setting, about 150°. No steering required, and the granola should be baked by morning.

Jeena Nagpal

What is dry millet? Which millets can be used for this recipe?


Millet is that tiny yellow grain. It's tasty.


Amazing! At first it wasn’t sweet enough, but with the raisins the balance is perfect! I used quinoa instead of millet and added coacoa powder (unsweetened). I’ll definitely make this again


How much cocoa powder did you use?


Do you need the pan to be lined w/parchment paper?


Lining a pan with parchment paper is almost always just to prevent stuff from sticking to the pan. You don't have to do it....but it's sure helpful with cleanup!

Viki Little

Is the millet cooked or dry? Thanks!

Liz Turner

The millet is dry to start. It gets moistened a bit with the date mixture before it goes into the oven with the other dry ingredients. But that's it. It's there for crunch.

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Katie Simmons

Chef Katie Simmons is a personal chef based in Chicago. She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special concerns including gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue diets. Outside of the kitchen, she is a fitness instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry. Learn more at her Plants-Rule website, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
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