Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pumpkin Granola Bars

These are a cross between a bar cookie and a granola bar. They are a little more "oaty" than "granola-y" and soft rather than crunchy. We all love these! Joshua, Alyssa, and Bart all told me I should just make these rather than buy granola bars. They got all excited about the idea of me varying the recipe to make different flavors, too.

Pumpkin Granola Bars


3 1/4 cups (11 1/2 ounces) rolled oats
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (5 5/8 ounces) brown sugar
1/2 cup (4 3/4 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) vegetable oil
1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan (or spray with Baker's Joy) and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, spices, and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, pumpkin, vegetable oil, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Add oat mixture and beat until oats are completely coated. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. Press oat mixture into the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before cutting into bars and cooling completely. (Note: I cut mine down the middle, then I cut each side into 5 bars to yield a total of 10 bars that were shaped like a granola bar.)

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