Hello! First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day! A big thank you to all you veteran’s out there! If it weren’t for you, our lives would be much different. And I, for one, am very thankful for all the blessings in my life that come from such freedom.
Over the weekend I was able to get to the farmer’s market and purchased two pie pumpkins. I’m now all set to make all kinds of pumpkin goodness. If you’ve never made your own pumpkin purée, be sure and check out my step-by-step post on how to do so. Today I decided to try something new and made these granola bars. Everyone needs a good seasonal snack, right? I think these could possibly double as breakfast too!
Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
slightly adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod
3 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (want to make your own?)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin purée (want to make your own?)
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
What To Do
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are moist. Stir in chocolate chips.
Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. The pumpkin keeps the bars moist, so make sure they are golden and set-you don’t want them to be under baked. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Using a sharp knife, cut into bars. Remove from pan and let cool completely.
I would wait more than 5 minutes to cut into bars. I think I waited about 10 and they were still fairly warm and I didn’t get a clean cut.
These are the chewy kind of granola bars – not hard and crunchy.
Oh, I love leaving the oven door open after baking on a cool day and today’s a great day to do so. It’s chilly and rainy out – a recipe for the perfect day to bake up something scrumptious, like these Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bars. Share one with a friend today!