Pumpkin Granola Bars

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Vegan Pumpkin Granola Bars are great for breakfast or snacking. These chewy bars are packed with all the delicious fall flavors!

pumpkin granola bars

Snacking problem? How many of you face it? And if you do what is your favorite snack? I am terribly bad at choosing good snacks, like just yesterday I had one whole bag of Doritos with my chai! 😑 Eeks bad bad girl Manali and damn you Doritos for being so addictive! But on my good days, I snack on nuts, that’s mostly it as far as my healthy snacking is concerned. Sometimes I also get in the mood to make homemade granola bars to rectify my bad snacking habits and since it’s fall, I wanted to make something pumpkin and made you guys these Pumpkin Granola Bars!

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I really love homemade granola bars but I don’t make them very often. It’s mostly because I am just plain lazy. Because honestly making granola bars at home doesn’t take much time at all and homemade always tastes better than store bought. There’s so much that you can do when you make granola bars at home, add in your favorite things and get rid of things that you don’t like. They are easily customizable like that.

These pumpkin granola bars are chewy in texture and loaded with some of my favorite things like

peanut butter

chocolate chips

pumpkin seeds

dried cranberries

& of course pumpkin

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You can remove whatever you don’t like from the list and replace it with your favorite ingredient. All these flavors sounded just right to me to be added to pumpkin granola bars but of course feel free to experiment. These bars are sweetened with natural sweeteners like dates and maple syrup and of course there’s always chocolate chips to add to the sweetness. And the best part? These pumpkin granola bars are vegan! You can make them gluten-free too by using gluten free oats.

I got 8 bars from this recipe but as you can see, my bars are pretty big. I wanted something filling enough for breakfast hence the large sizes. You can cut them in any size you like! Happy baking!

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Transfer oats onto a baking sheet and toast the oats for 15 mins at 350 degrees.

Meanwhile pulse pitted dates in a food processor till it forms a ball. Set aside.

Once the oats are toasted, transfer to a bowl and add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon powder and salt. Mix and set aside.

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To a pan on low heat, add pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil.

Whisk till it’s all smooth and slightly heated.

To the bowl, now add the pulsed dates.

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Also add the pumpkin puree-peanut butter mixture , chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and cranberries.

Now use your hands to mix everything together. I suggest using hands here because that you can really break up the dates so that they are well dispersed throughout the mixture.

Press down the mixture into a 8 x 8 inch square pan, lined with foil (spray with foil with little non-stick spray for easy removal).  Press more chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries on top (this is optional).

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Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. Remove the pan from oven and let the pumpkin granola bars cool completely before cutting into slices.

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* Toasting oats is optional but recommended.

Pumpkin Granola Bars

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Serves: 8 bars

Easy and delicious Pumpkin Granola Bars are packed with all the fall flavors. Great for breakfast or snacking, they are also vegan!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats, toast them for 15 mins @350 F
  • 1.5 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dates [around 14 mejdool dates], pulse in food processor
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips, more on top
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, more on top
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Transfer oats onto a baking sheet and toast the oats for 15 mins at 350 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile pulse pitted dates in a food processor till it forms a ball. Set aside.
  3. Once the oats are toasted, transfer to a bowl and add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon powder and salt. Mix and set aside.
  4. To a pan on low heat, add pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil.
  5. Whisk till it's all smooth and slightly heated.
  6. To the bowl, now add the pulsed dates, the pumpkin puree-peanut butter mixture , chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and cranberries.
  7. Now use your hands to mix everything together. I suggest using hands here because that you can really break up the dates so that they are well dispersed throughout the mixture.
  8. Press down the mixture into a 8 x 8 inch square pan, lined with foil (spray with foil with little non-stick spray for easy removal).
  9. Press more chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries on top (this is optional).
  10. Bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. Remove the pan from oven and let the pumpkin granola bars cool completely before cutting into slices.

Pumpkin Granola Bars

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14 thoughts on “Pumpkin Granola Bars

  1. Hello Manali, I think, that I have finally run out of excuses, when it comes to baking breakfast bars at home. Your recepie being the final nail in the coffin! 😀 I am going to try and bake this tomorrow. I have 2 questions – please help me out –
    1) I don’t have maple syrup, what can I substitute it with?
    2) Can I use mango puree instead of pumpkin puree (I have a tin of mango pulp)?
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Aparna! haha good that you finally deiced to make bars at home. To answer your questions, you can use honey or agave in place of maple syrup. If you don’t use pumpkin puree, then these won’t be pumpkin granola bars lol but I would suggest using banana puree in place. Not sure how mango would work. But of course you can always experiment! Also if you decide to use mango pulp, you might want to reduce the quantity of sweetener a little. The canned mango pulp are mostly sweet!

  2. Oh man, I totally agree with you about Doritos, Manali. Just last night, I think I polished off about 1/2 a bag. Ooops. These bars would be a much smarter snack to keep on hand…plus, I love the pumpkin seeds on top! Yum!

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