Well, I have been addicted to making my own granola bars since my first batch. They are just so much better than the ones you buy in a box. They are easy, healthy, tasteful and easily adapted to whatever you may be craving at the time.
This flavor combination will most definitely NOT let you down. They are like a little bit of Autumn in every bite. Loaded with spices and healthy pumpkin, these are by far, my favorite so far. Look at all that healthy yumminess!
Pumpkin Granola Bars
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, natural shelled
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 T. shortening (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil allowing for 1 inch overhang on the sides of the pan. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, apple pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Combine with oats and stir until oats are moistened. Stir in cinnamon chips, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
4. Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. If you like them a little chewy (like I do) cut the cooking time down a couple minutes, but don’t underbake or they won’t hold their shape when cut.
5. Use a sharp knife and cut into bars.
6. Melt white chocolate chips and shortening in microwave or double boiler. Dip bottoms of cooled bars to coat and place dipped side up on a cooling sheet. If you don’t want so much chocolate (blasphemy), you can always just drizzle chocolate over the top, or leave off completely.
Your kids will thank you when they find these in their lunchbox.
Adapted from the amazing My Baking Addiction