Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars {A Pretty Life}

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Ahhh pumpkin season…it really is in full force right now, and I’m probably posting this a little late according to the internets standard, but I’m more of make and blog post in the moment kind of gal.  You won’t find me baking with pumpkin and posting about it in August.  Nope.  October = pumpkin.  Pumpkin Oatmeal, Pumpkin Biscuits, Pumpkin Spice Bread…pumpkin pumpkin yumminess.

Last week I made these Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars for after school snacks for the kids.  See, I have a hard time with snacks.  I hate making them and end up giving the kids the same snack everyday:  cheese and apples, sometimes cookies.  So I thought I’d switch things up a bit and make something delicious and sweet, but packed full of nutrition.  And the best part?  The kids don’t even know how good these are for them!  Winner winner pumpkin dinner!  😉

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars {A Pretty Life}

Just look at that!  Packed full of oats, raisins, coconut, almonds, dried apricots and pumpkin…and a few chocolate and white chocolate chips just for fun!

Pssst…they’re gluten free too…but don’t tell anyone.  😉

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars {A Pretty Life}

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Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch nutmeg more if you like
  • cloves pinch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut sweet or unsweetened...it's up to you
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 - 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine the oats, oat flour, coconut, almonds, chia seeds, spices, raisins, apricots and chocolate chips.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, using a mixer, combine the pumpkin puree, honey, butter and vanilla.
  5. Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture and combine. I just used my mixer to do this part for me.
  6. Once the granola mixture is thoroughly combined, press it into the baking dish.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is light brown and dry to the touch.
  8. Then remove from the oven and lift the granola slab out onto a cutting board.
  9. Cut the granola into bars, being careful not to saw the bars - press down to cut so that you don't tear apart the bars.
  10. Let cool completely.
 Recipe adapted from Looneyspoons

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I love how easy it is to make granola bars at home!  Not to mention the fact that they are far more nutritious than the store bought kind!  Plus, there are endless ingredient options to put in them too…just tailor the recipe to suit your tastebuds.  I hope you try them!

Have a delicious day!
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15 Comments

  • Reply Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life October 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Mmmmm,looks delicious! Can’t wait to try these. I love anything with pumpkin and especially love healthy snacks.

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      I hope you love them as much as we did!

  • Reply Sarah October 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Yum — You got a lot of good stuff in there! My son would love these. I love making snacks that are healthy but he thinks are “treats”.

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      These are so good, and the best thing about them is that the kids didn’t even realize this was a healthy snack! Love that! Enjoy!

  • Reply Heather @ The Soulful Spoon October 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    These are the perfect granola bar I’ve always wanted to find! I love that used coconut and oats to bulk it up:)

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Oh I’m so glad! I hope you decide to make them and love them!

  • Reply Mandi Welbaum October 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I love granola. So, I couldn’t resist checking this option out. It looks worth trying. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      I hope you like them!

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  • Reply Shari @ Shari Blogs October 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    We have really gotten into granola bars lately and making them ourselves. These sounds super yummy. I shared it in my Pumpkin Round Up on my blog today! 🙂 http://shariblogs.com/35-pumpkin-dessert-recipes/

    • Reply Jo-Anna October 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you so much Shari! That is one gorgeous pumpkin recipe round up!!

  • Reply Justine September 10, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna! Thought I’d pop over and say Hi — just found your post through FBC. These look so tasty. I’m going to pin this now and try them this fall! 🙂

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