Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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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

Servings
10 -12 granola bars

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

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. 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. 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. 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

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Yum! And you cut them perfectly. I am a homemade granola bar fanatic. I make a batch almost every week. Josh likes grabbing them for breakfast or a snack. I like them heated up as a dessert. The backsplash is beautiful

  2. Oh perfection!! I have everything I need to make these in my house right now. Thanks!! I also shared this on my Facebook page and I will probably link to it on my blog too. Yummy 🙂

    1. We bought the glass containers at Target for our wedding cookie/candy station. I hope they still carry them. They come in handy:)

  3. LOVE, love, love a kitchen with a white back splash! Can’t wait to see the rest! And boy do I wish that I had one of these little darlings to enjoy with my coffee right this very moment!

  4. i love making homemade granola bars. i pre-shape mine and then when i bake them they spread. i may have to try it your way and see what happens. loving the pumpkin idea. they look scrumptious!

  5. I have been thinking about these granola bars ever since you tweeted about them. They look fantastic and I will definitely be trying them.

  6. Maria, I am continually amazed by your skill and creativity. These look positively wonderful. We bought granola bars the other day, one box of pumpkin and one box of chocolate chip and now I am kicking myself because I could have just made these!

  7. I make granola bars all the time for my kids. I am always drawn to new recipes to give them a try. I will definitely be trying these. They look amazing.

  8. I just made granola bars for the first time last week and although they tasted great, they were a crumbly disaster (and they stuck to the pan!). Yours are beautiful, I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try!

  9. Great idea! I’ve been kicking the idea around a lot lately too, but I love that I don’t have to figure it out for myself now. The boys love pumpkin and chocolate, so these should be a hit!

  10. These sound fantastic! And funny too, because yesterday I concocted some very similar “pumpkin oat choc chunk cookies” and thought my next batch would be even better as granola bars. 🙂
    (Love the backsplash. 🙂

  11. Maria:
    I’m literally laughing out loud. Every time I visit someone’s food blog these days, I find another fabulous pumpkin-inspired recipe. I just made pumpkin cupcakes (a makeover of Ina Garten’s oh-so decadent cupcakes), and I am getting ready to record my weekly radio podcast .. all about pumpkin. I’d love to share your recipe (and if I have time, I’ll make it for my family). Yum…

  12. I can’t wait to see the finished kitchen! That’s so exciting. Your granola bars sound amazing! I might have to make these tonight. I really, really want to.

  13. My mom, Liz (Meal Makeover Mom), made your bars and I just tried one. It was great. I liked the texture and the taste. Loved them!

  14. Great recipe Maria! I can’t seem to get enough of pumpkin either. I love it! These granola bars look great! I still haven’t made your pumpkin granola but I plan to make it once I’m back home from our vacation.
    Love the peek of the new white backsplash too! Looking forward to seeing the new kitchen. 🙂

  15. I’ve been going crazy with the pumpkin baking too Maria. How can you not this time of year? It’s just so delicious 🙂 These look terrific – I’m adding them to my pumpkin baking list!

  16. I’m just getting ready to make your pumpkin streusel muffins-scrumptious looking-and was wondering what to do with the other 2 cups of pumpkin from the can. Bingo-pumpkin granola bars! I have everything but the honey, can I leave it out or will that wreck it?

  17. I made these and they taste delicious! I do wish they were a little crispier though. I used old fashioned oats, would instant rolled oats make a difference? Or maybe I just needed to bake them longer. Also, could you replace the applesauce completely with pumpkin to add to the pumpkin flavor? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Try baking them a little longer. The pumpkin keeps them moist, do don’t under bake. My oven only took 30 minutes, but try 35-37 minutes. I haven’t tried them without applesauce, but I am sure it would work. Let me know if you try it!

  18. Oh I love a good granola bar, these look great. We have to pack real food for our kids lunches and I think these will fit right in! Thanks for linking up to Just Another Meatless Monday!

  19. Making granola bars has been on my to-do list for awhile. When I saw your recipe I had to try it immediately. They turned out great! The whole family loved them. A new favorite recipe. Thanks!

  20. 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.

    1. 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? 😉

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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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  25. 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.

  26. 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). 🙂

  27. 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?

    1. 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!

  28. I made these today as my first attempt at granola anything. They came out delicious but slightly mushy – more like an oatmeal cookie texture than a granola bar. I only had 2 cups of rolled oats so I subbed the other 1 1/4 cups with steel cut oats, could that have something to do with it? Thank you for the recipe!

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  30. Do you happen to have how many servings this makes or WW points and/or nutritional information per serving? I could figure it out, but I thought maybe you may already know. Thanks!

  31. I make these all the time! So happy for pumpkin season to be back! I made a couple batches last year to keep me satisfied with a newborn baby!

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