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Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Pumpkin Spice Granola bars are a delicious little snack that’s equally awesome crumbled up over yogurt in the morning with fruit. Just pretend the white chocolate chips aren’t in there. 😉

I believe that pumpkin is one of the greatest fall flavors ever. EVER. It’s so warm and cozy. And then there’s McCormick’s Pumpkin Pie Spice. I love that stuff. It makes my life so much easier. Oh and granola, gosh I love granola. Maybe it’s my Pacific Northwest roots. 😉 Or maybe it’s just crazy delicious. Either way, it’s totally worth my time and yours. We seriously devoured this stuff, and that includes the girls. They looooved it. Which makes me a happy mama.

Granola Bars to Start Healthy Habits

In fact, I made these granola bars with a purpose. My little 1st grader, P comes home so hungry every day after school, and I totally get that. I would just rather have something healthy and delicious, than crappy chips or fruit snacks. (Totally fine if you like those. I still love you lots) In fact, I was recently at an event with the UT/NV Dairy Council where we listened to Adam Brumberg talk about healthy choices for kids. He mentioned how when we give kids a bunch of choices, especially snacky junk foods that the kids don’t really stop when they are full, they eat past that point and then stop. Adults do this too. We don’t actually realize when we are full. In fact, in one study people said they knew they were done eating when their bowl was empty, but when the bowl was rigged to continuously fill, the people ate up to 71% more!! We just don’t pay attention at all to our bodies needs.

Too Many Choices or No Choice Equals Poor Decisions

Also, how if we set out one or two good choices and let our kids choose, versus forcing something upon them, they will do it/eat it more willingly. For example, would you rather have carrots or celery. Or, would you rather clean your room now or after dinner. The kids may not loooove this choice versus chips or not cleaning their room, but providing two choices makes them feel like they are still choosing and winning. Make sense?

So, I was thinking that if I made something that makes the house smell awesome with P, let her throw in a few white chocolate chips, and then have these granola bars and maybe an apple as an option when she gets home, it will help her to start picking one of two healthy snacks versus eating all afternoon before dinner because it’s not filling her up, and there are so many choices that she wants to just keep eating.

This is not about weight, it’s about helping our kids to make healthy choices, which turn into habits, which shape who they will become. And guess what, we totally need help in our society when it comes to healthy habits.

So, make some snacks with your kids. Let them be involved and have fun. A child/Adult is more likely to eat something when they help prepare it plus it helps to build strong relationships and create confidence to create things.

Is Pumpkin Good For You?

Nutrients in pumpkin are good for the heart.

Pumpkin is high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, all of which support heart health.

Are Instant Oats the Same as Quick Oats?

Quick oats are the same thing as instant oats.

They are pre-cooked, dried, and then rolled and pressed slightly thinner than rolled oats.

They cook more quickly than steel-cut or rolled oats.

How Long Will Homemade Granola Bars Keep?

Homemade granola bars will keep for about a week at room temperature.

Granola bars should be kept in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 batch

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Instant Oats
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Pepitas
  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Flax Seeds We used King Arthur's
  • 1 Tablespoon Wheat Germ
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 325 degrees and place parchment in a 9x13" baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats and canola oil.
  • Add the pumpkin, honey, brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Press the mixture into the parchment lined baking dish and bake for 30 min.
  • Remove from the oven and using a heavy spatula or large spoon, press down on the granola bars.
  • Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 7256
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 50.4mg17%
Carbohydrates 1058.8g353%
Fiber 124.2g518%
Sugar 369.3g410%
Protein 159g318%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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38 comments

  • What are pepitas?

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    • No shell pumpkin seeds. 🙂 We put them in salads, granola, granola bars etc.

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  • These were out of the ball park for our family! Now that they’re all long gone, I’m going to try again with ripe bananas instead of pumpkin puree, almond essence instead of vanilla and loads of sunflower seeds & walnuts (no chocolate chips). By the way, I used Karo syrup instead of brown sugar and didn’t bother to pre-cook anything – just mixed it all in a bowl and packed it into the large cookie sheet. Your suggestion of using a spatula to press down the bars and continue baking for another 20 minutes was perfect. My family thanks you!

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    • Those all sound like wonderful changes! I hope they turn out awesome!

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  • Tried these last week. Left out the brown sugar and white choc. chips and subbed in coconut oil. It wouldn’t stick together (no surprise), so we ended up with granola. Making it again – a double recipe – right now. We LOVE this! Thank you so much for posting it!

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    • Deanna, I’m trying to figure out how to make coconut oil hold together as well. The brown sugar does help a little as it crystalizes everything but not enough to really make a difference. I can’t wait to try it the way you made it though. I’m a granola addict these days. It’s the perfect pair with my yogurt in the am.

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      • I subbed coconut oil for the canola and they held together just fine. I was Cactus lay about to ask about leaving the brown sugar out, but now I’m worried that will make them fall apart, lol

      • *actually about to ask

      • Oh, I’m loving these updates. I can’t wait to make with my coconut oil and yeah, I’m worried about leaving out the sugar too, but we can just keep trying different subs and see what happens

  • These look delicious! Getting the ingredients today. Are they crunchy or do they have some chew to them?

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    • If you bake them longer they are crunchy but the baking time is more chewy.

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      • I just realized all I have is Old Fashion Oats & Quick Oats, not instant 🙁 Neither of those would sub well, would they?

      • both work great actually! and quick oats are pretty much instant 😉

  • Is it 1/2 cup of canola oil? The unit of measure is missing from the instructions. I would hate to put 1/2 cups when it only needs 1/2 Tbsp! Looks delicious, can’t wait to try!

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    • oh goodness! Yes, 1/2 Cup. I’ll go fix that right now.

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  • How many does this recipe make? What size do you usually cut yours to? Thanks! <3

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  • I made these the other day. They are terrific! There are lots of variations as well – dried apricots, dried tart cherries, etc. Thanks!

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    • Oh, I love those ideas. I just got everything to make mine, can’t wait!

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  • Can’t wait to try… These can easily be converted over to gluten free, too. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Thanks!

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  • Canola is the same as rapeseed. Another super healthy sub would be coconut oil.

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  • Rapeseed oil and canola oil are the same.

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  • Oh boy, these look sooooo good. We don't get canola oil here so I'm not exactly sure what it is. I think it can be subbed with either vegetable oil or rapeseed oil. Which would you say is the best to sub it with?

    Also, what spices exactly are in the pumpkin spice? It's not something I've seen too. I need me some of these bad boys.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  • Also, for anyone who cares, they were 235 calories each for 14 bars. They went up slightly went you added in the missed or subbed ingredients. My Fitness Pal isn't really my pal and will slap me silly if I don't log it correctly. She's a mean little app.

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  • I found this lovely recipe when I was searching for something to do with that pesky leftover 1/2 c of pumpkin from pumpkin choc chip bars. I didn't need more dessert and my family probably wouldn't eat a pumpkin sauce on much of anything, so I was thrilled to find these granola bars. I subbed corn syrup (don't judge, I didn't have honey) and mini chocoloate chips and had to leave out the pepitas and wheat germ, but they turned out fantastic and I felt awesomesauce about making a healthy snack for the baboos. Keeper file!

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    • I would love to make these but have never tried flax seeds or wheat germ or pepitas. I have the rest of the ingredients already. Can I make this with just granola and the flavorings?

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      • You can definitely skip those, but the pepitas really are wonderful, so I’d still try those in it at some point. THe others just have health benefits. 😉

  • Love.

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  • These look delicious! Homemade granola bars are the best!

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  • these look amazing girl! Miss you!

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  • These granola bars sound amazing! I agree…pumpkin is a seriously magical ingredient.

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  • I couldn't agree more about getting the kids involved in the kitchen. My boys would love these!

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  • I love homemade granola bars, these are awesome!

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  • Great post!! Love these photos, too!

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  • I've always wanted to make homemade granola bars but this is the first recipe that has inspired me to finally do it!

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  • I was JUST saying I need to make pumpkin spiced granola… you are one step ahead of me! 😉 Looks like a great recipe my dear! 🙂

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  • These look great! I should make some for my husband to take to work in the mornings…

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  • My boys would love to come home from school to find these waiting!

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