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chewy pumpkin spice granola bars

Posted Oct 11 2011 7:00am

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It’s been three days.

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I swear, that was the hardest three days of my life. Okay, I lied. The hardest three days of my life was probably something other than not posting a pumpkin recipe for a short amount of time. #dramaqueen

On Sunday, when we were driving downtown to watch the Chicago Marathon, I couldn’t help but notice my friend whip out her pumpkin spice granola bar. I have to be honest with you, I was a little bit jealous. And when I say a little bit, I mean I was jealous in a bad way. Jealous like “I want your new Ugg boots the first snow of the season” jealous. Yeah, it was bad.

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So we had this conversation about how those granola bars are wheat free, but oats can be contaminated with gluten, blah blah blah. Long story short, I couldn’t eat the granola bar. Nor can I find one on the market that appeals to my taste buds, which was causing a problem for me.

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Almost instantly, I began thinking of a recipe that could compare to her granola bar. I wanted a bar that was chewy and flavorful with different textures throughout. We’ve got a winner, folks!

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Now the only problem I am having is keeping myself away from the pan that I baked these in. Although, I’m not quite sure that’s such a problem – mainly because they’re not in the pan anymore. I guess I should have said the only problem I am having is keeping myself away from the bag I put these in after I took them out of the pan. Much better.

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Chewy Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars makes 12 bars

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 2 cups oats, divided
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs (can sub chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions: Start by placing 1/2 cup of your oats into a mini food processor. Process until oats have reached a flour-like consistency. In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1-1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup oat flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Toss the ingredients until all are well incorporated. In another mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup agave nectar, 3 tbsp. maple syrup, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Whisk until smooth and add to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are mixed into the wet ingredients. Then, carefully fold in your cacao nibs, almonds, and dried cranberries. Grease a 9×9 pan and transfer the granola bar mixture into the pan. Using your hands, press the granola mixture into the pan so it is even. Bake in a 300 degree** oven for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

**For a crisper bar, try raising the oven to 325 degrees.

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I no longer have any reason to be jealous of granola bars.

Go make these. Now.

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