Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars

Pumpkin Granola Bars 5I love autumn, the colors, the flavors, the weather. (Okay, well, since we live in sunny Southern California we don’t get a lot of the weather, but we do get some of it.) With a good imagination it is easy to slip into the feelings of fall while enjoying all things pumpkin.Pumpkin Granola Bars 4

And you know I love to bake! So, I wanted to bake something pumpkin-y, but not a pie, because, well, I will eat a pumpkin pie in one sitting! It needed to be semi-healthy but also yummy, so I decided to make Pumpkin Granola Bars.Pumpkin Granola Bars 6

These bars are Gr8 because they can be a breakfast on the go, a healthy after-school snack, or top them with a scoop of ice cream for dessert!

Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars

Makes 12 bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats, make sure they are gluten free if you have a sensitivity
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (see below)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional, the chocolate makes the bars a little gooey, yummy, but gooey!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper so the edges overhang the sides. Alternatively, butter the pan.
  3. Mix together the oats, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In a large bowl blend the pumpkin, honey, vanilla and egg until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the oat mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  6. If using, add the chocolate chips and stir until evenly combined.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the edges start to brown.
  8. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 30 minutes.
  9. Grabbing the edges of the parchment, carefully lift and set onto the cooling rack.
  10. Cool for another 30 minutes and carefully cut into 12 bars.

Gr8 Do Ahead Tips:

  • Bars can be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Then just grab and go!
  • Or, bars can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Pumpkin Granola Bars 1Pumpkin Pie Spice

Makes 5+ Tablespoons

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl mix all the spices together well.
  2. Store in a tightly sealed container with your other spices.

 

 

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