Golden Spiced Granola

Golden Spiced Granola is crunchy, vibrant, and the perfect blend of spice and sweet. Breakfast just got a serious upgrade.

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Turmeric, a spice long used in Indian cuisine and known for the characteristically golden hue it imparts in food, has gained recent popularity among the health and culinary world. Emerging evidence points to turmeric as a powerful bioactive compound with potential health benefits ranging from anti-inflammatory to antioxidant properties. That’s a lot for a unassuming, mild-flavored pantry item! We wanted to find more ways to mix this spice into our everyday eats, besides our cool-weather favorite, curry. Thus was born this Golden Spiced Granola. Crunchy, chewy, slightly sweet and nutrient-packed, this is the perfect addition to yogurt, fruits crumbles, or directly inserted into your mouth. We aren’t here to judge.

To get started, we mix together our dry ingredients. Like any great granola, we start with oats:

And our nuts and seeds. You can switch up the combo of nuts and seeds each time you make this to get different textures, flavors, and nutrients.

Overhead shot of pepitas in a measuring cup

And toss them together:

Overhead shot of dry golden spiced granola mix

Next, we want to create our spiced syrup mix. We start by gently heating our oil:

Overhead shot of oil being poured into a saute pan

And adding in our turmeric and other spices.

Shot of golden turmeric in a measuring spoon

And gently whisk to combine. 

Over head shot of golden spices being mixed into hot oil

Next up, the syrup is added and whisked into the mix.

Shot of golden spice mixture simmering in a sauté pan

Now, it’s time to combine our dry mixture and spiced syrup.

Bowl of raw granola getting fizzled with golden liquid

Toss mix to evenly coat and pour mixture onto a sheet pan.

Overhead shot of uncooked Golden Spiced Granola cooling on a baking sheet

Bake until golden and fragrant.

Overhead shot of baked Golden Spiced Granola cooling on a baking sheet

Let “air out” for 1-2 hours (or overnight) to crisp up. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of a bowl of yogurt with Golden Spiced Granola on top.
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Golden Spiced Granola

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Servings: 9 1/3 cup servings
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Stephen & Elise Compston, RD, LDs


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted pepitas
  • cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted pecans
  • tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp avocado oil or other preferred oil
  • 1 heaping tbsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • tsp ground black pepper*
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, seeds, pecans, and salt; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat oil over low heat. Add dry seasonings and gently whisk to incorporate. Add syrup and continue stirring until fully mixed. Remove from heat and pour syrup mixture over dry ingredients; stir until dry mix is fully coated.
  • Spread granola mixture evenly onto a large sheet pan covered with parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, stirring once.
  • Let cool uncovered on the countertop for 1-2 hours to crisp up. Store in the fridge up to 7 days.


*Black pepper has been shown to aid in the absorption of curcumin, the compound found in turmeric known for its health properties.


Calories: 268kcal

2 thoughts on “Golden Spiced Granola”

  • 5 stars
    Sooo delicious – I put it on yogurt or just snack on it straight out of the jar! Not too sweet and perfectly crunchy 💗

    • We are SO glad you enjoyed the granola! And we’re with you, it’s mostly eaten straight out of the jar! Haha 🙂

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