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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I know I just posted a pumpkin muffin recipe and several other pumpkin recipes within the last month, but I just can’t stop. I love pumpkin. I honestly was going to call it quits for awhile, but on Saturday morning I was eating my pumpkin granola for breakfast and an idea popped in my head to make pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars. I quickly got out the pumpkin and started baking.

I based the recipe off of my pumpkin granola, but I made a few changes. I adjusted the spices, used honey instead of maple syrup, and added in chocolate chips. This was my first time making homemade granola bars so I was a little worried, but after a few minutes in the oven, I knew they would be good. The smell of pumpkin and chocolate was divine.

When the bars were golden brown, I removed them from the oven and let them cool for five minutes. I cut them into bars and let them finish cooling while we went to the farmers market. When we got home, we rushed into the kitchen to sample the granola bars. I sampled them again and again:) I was smitten. The chewy granola bars have a nice pumpkin flavor that is complimented by chocolate and laced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Homemade granola bars are so easy to make, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try them. These pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars make a great fall snack or breakfast on the go. If you are looking for a pumpkin recipe to try-I nominate this one!

I have been getting bombarded with one question lately, “when are you going to post pictures of your new kitchen?” We are home and our kitchen is functioning (I loved using our Thermador oven on Saturday) but it isn’t completely done. We have some odds and ends to finish up before it is ready to be viewed by all:) Until it is finished, I will be posting teaser photos. Here is one for you to enjoy today. Don’t you love our new white kitchen backsplash? That is all you get for now!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: 10-12 granola bars

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars. Remove from pan and let cool completely.

If you like these pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars, you might also like:

Pumpkin Granola from Two Peas and Their Pod
Granola Bars from Buns in My Oven
Cranberry Spice Granola Bars from Bitchin’ Camero
Thick, Chewy Granola Bars from In Good Taste

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160 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    Jenna @ Newlyweds — October 22, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    Wow these look delicious!! I know my family would love them.

    I am hosting a pumpkin link up on my blog on monday, hope to see you there.

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    Aly — October 26, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    These were absolutely delicious! They are almost gone and I made them 2 days ago! GREAT recipe :) Thanks for sharing!!!

    • twopeas replied: — October 26th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed the granola bars!

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    SnoWhite — October 31, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    We made these this weekend with sweet potatoes — yum! Thanks.

    • twopeas replied: — October 31st, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

      I will have to try them with sweet potatoes. Great idea!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 10, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Maria, I made these this weekend and they were incredible! I posted about them on my blog, with credit to you of course, here: http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com/2010/11/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-granola-bars.html

    Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe! I’ll be making these again and again.

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    Ashley — November 17, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Oooo these sound really good but I find the combination of pumpkin and chocolate kind of strange so I might replace them with pumpkin seeds!

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    Melissa L. — January 18, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    I have tons of instant oatmeal…..could I use that and have them still turn out?

    • twopeas replied: — January 18th, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

      I have never tried instant oatmeal, but you could try it. Let me know how they turn out!

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    Trista — February 1, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    These are so good! But mine look nothing like yours. Yours look like they came out of a box. Mine? Well, let’s just say it’s more like picking up the crumbs. But still delicious.

    • twopeas replied: — February 2nd, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      As long as they taste good, right? :)

      • Trista replied: — March 13th, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

        That’s right! And they do! I’m addicted; I’ve made them four times. But seriously…how do you get them to look like that? Do you grind the granola at all? Did you leave something out of your recipe just to make sure yours are still the best? ;)

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    Emily — July 9, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    The house smells amazing and the “batter” tastes amazing. Can’t wait for the bars to come out of the oven. YUM! The recipe is a tad bit heavy on the chocolate chips, so I may cut back on those a little next time. I also think adding dried cranberries would be delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — September 14, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Ooo so glad I found these tonight. The itch to bake with pumpkin has begun. I’m making these this weekend!

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    Charlene Austin — September 25, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    I made these today and they are really yummy! I don’t have pumpkin pie spice so I added about 1/8th tsp of ground ginger. These will be great for breakfast or snacks. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Two Peas replied: — September 26th, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      You are very welcome!

  24. 107
    JessE @ Love Life From Scratch — September 28, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    Great recipe! Just made it this week. Posted about it on my blog :) Thanks!!

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    Kristina — October 12, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    I made these last night! Delicious! I can’t wait to try them with other things like peanut butter, Nutella and adding in a bit of vegan protein powder.

    I cut them into bars and put them into an air tight container. I plan on munching on these as a snack or as breakfast.

    I’d say the key to them not crumbling is to make sure they cool all the way. I cut mine partially and then flipped over on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled it was easy to break off the sections. I know it is hard once they come out of the oven but good things come to those who wait!

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    Kendall — October 17, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    LOVED this recipe! Tried it here (http://chubsandsmalls.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-granola-bars.html) for my in-laws, and they loved it, too!

    • Two Peas replied: — October 17th, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

      Yay! Glad everyone loved the granola bars!

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    becky @ the Mixing Bowl Diary — October 21, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    my kids love granola bars, this will be a nice addition to the mix. I bet the pumpkin is fantastic in these! cant wait to mix up a batch.

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    Molly — March 7, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    Have you ever tried to make these using a muffin pan?

    • Two Peas replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

      I haven’t but I am sure they would work great in a muffin tin!

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    Ken Toney — March 10, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    These are awesome! I have tried over a dozen granola bar recipes and none were as good as these. I made them several times for my family with a couple of variations. Once with chocolate chips, and another time with cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Much better than store bought.

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    Rebecca — July 18, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    I made these in a rush this morning as I was heading out to work. I came back home and snacked on a few. They were so good! But then, I realized I completely forgot to add the brown sugar. Even so, they were still delicious and just sweet enough for me (I also used mashed banana since I didn’t have pumpkin). :)

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    Jen — September 10, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    I have never made granola bars before but these are in the oven right now and they smell delicious! How would you suggest storing them? Do they need to be refrigerated?

    • Two Peas replied: — September 10th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

      I always store them in the fridge so they will last longer. Just let them come to room temperature before eating. You can leave them on the counter if you wish. Enjoy!

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    Leah — September 14, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    These sound yummy! How do you make the puree?

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