Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars Recipe

These easy homemade Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars are a healthy snack, a grab and go breakfast, or even dessert, just add ice cream!

Pumpkin Granola Bars wrapped in parchment, tied with green twine and stacked on a plate.

I 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.

One Pumpkin Granola Bar.

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 wrapped in parchment and stacked on an orange plate.

Why should I make Pumpkin Granola Bars?

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! (Then they’re not quite as healthy! insert winking emoji here.)

Make a double batch and freeze some for later, or send them to school with your kids, or take them as a hostess gift.

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Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars

These Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars are perfect for a healthy snack, breakfast on the go, or even dessert!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Granola Bars
Servings: 12 bars
Author: Anna

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
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin, or fresh pumpkin pulp if you have it!
  • 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!

Instructions

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

Notes

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.
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sm 10/18/18

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