Friday, September 29, 2017

Pumpkin Granola Bars

These chewy granola bars are filled with peanut butter, chocolate, and pumpkin--making these the ultimate fall treat for those little (or big) hands. 

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If you've been with me for a while you know I love fall. Living in Florida, we are currently still rocking temps in the 90s and humidity may have dropped a percentage this week. Since we don't really have the weather to go with the season; we have to create it ourselves inside our homes. I bought some mums last week and placed them on my front porch, decorated for Halloween on my mantle, and bought some pumpkins that will have to be replaced next week.
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In addition to the decorating, I have begun to cook with pumpkin. You can check out some of my previous recipes here and here. I actually made a delicious pull apart bread the other day which you can find here. However, I needed something that was more readily available, and not something that I had to heat up and eat. That's where these chewy granola bars came from. 

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I make granola bars quite a bit, and adding pumpkin in was a no brainer. These are perfect to throw in lunches, and they even hold up great in the freezer if you want to make a large batch. I actually used to make these all the time when I was breastfeeding, by adding in 2 tablespoons of Brewer's Yeast. You can't taste the addition, and it is supposed to help with production. 

Pumpkin Granola bars


  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 1/4 Cups Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Halloween Sprinkles

**For breastfeeding friendly add 2 Tbsp. of Brewer's Yeast into the dry ingredients**

1. Preheat Oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.
2. Stir all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Whisk the liquid ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour the dry into the wet ingredients.
4. Stir until all ingredients are moist. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
5. Pour into prepared pan, and press down with either a spatula or your hand.
6. Cook for 20 minutes, remove and let sit for 45 minutes. Remove bars from pan, cut, and enjoy.

Optional: Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in 30 minute increments, place melted chocolate in a ziploc bag and clip the end. Drizzle over the top.  

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