Pumpkin Granola Bars
It’s October and I’m sure you have seen what that means on your newsfeed. It’s pumpkin season, so I’m sharing my first pumpkin recipe of the season today. These Pumpkin Granola Bars are actually really good and perfect to throw in your bag as you run out the door. Does anyone grab some sort of a snack when they leave the house for any period of time? If now, you really should.
First, let me tell you about pumpkin. It’s like gold here. They do not have it. I have looked in the grocery stores, I have asked my local friends, I have looked it up online. There isn’t any. No fresh pumpkin, no canned pumpkin, no frozen pumpkin. So sad. They have no idea what they are missing.
I had to make a quick trip back to the States in late August, so I determined that I would bring a bunch back with me. It was not to be. I couldn’t find any. So weird, right? My friend Candice found a few cans in her store and brought them to me so I could bring them back here. Since I only have 3 cans, I won’t have a bunch of pumpkin recipes this year. It so sad when you have to ration your pumpkin.
I wanted some granola bars and I looked in the store for some ready made bars. I could find granola, which is actually quite good, but no regular granola bars. They have cereal bars with the fruit in the middle, but I could find nothing like I wanted. So, in my true fashion, I went to work making some of my own. They are really good and flavorful, without being overly sweet. Perfect for me.
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats and almonds.
- Place in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes, stir and bake for 10 minutes more.
- While the oats are baking, mix the other ingredients in the same medium bowl.
- When the oats and almonds are lightly browned, dump them in the medium bowl.
- Increase oven temperature to 325°.
- Mix well to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture on the same baking sheet and spread out, pushing down with the back of a spoon to help everything stick together.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cut into bars the size you want.
- Allow the bars to cool completely before removing from pan.
- Wrap individually for easy transport.
- Store in refrigerator.
I used gluten free oats to make these gluten free bars. If you don’t need gluten free, you can use whatever old fashioned oats you normally use.
My friends Robyn and Eric were arriving in Martinique the day after I made these, so I made some of my bars pretty with Stampin’ Up decorations that I had on hand and put some in their refrigerator. I really love having stuff like this on hand for just this purpose. Do you ever do this? I hope you love these granola bars. They are yummy!