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
- 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
- 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.
Have you tried this recipe?
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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
We made these this weekend with sweet potatoes — yum! Thanks.
I will have to try them with sweet potatoes. Great idea!
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.
All four of my some gobbled these up! We doubled the recipe and subbed brown rice syrup for honey and it worked perfectly. Thanks so much for this super fall snack recipe
All four of my sons gobbled these up! We doubled the recipe and subbed brown rice syrup for honey and it worked perfectly. Thanks so much for this super fall snack recipe
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!
I have tons of instant oatmeal…..could I use that and have them still turn out?
I have never tried instant oatmeal, but you could try it. Let me know how they turn out!
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.
As long as they taste good, right? 🙂
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? 😉
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!
Ooo so glad I found these tonight. The itch to bake with pumpkin has begun. I’m making these this weekend!
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!
You are very welcome!
Great recipe! Just made it this week. Posted about it on my blog 🙂 Thanks!!
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!
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!
Yay! Glad everyone loved the granola bars!
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.
Have you ever tried to make these using a muffin pan?
I haven’t but I am sure they would work great in a muffin tin!
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.
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). 🙂
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?
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!
These sound yummy! How do you make the puree?
I made this with my mom it was AWESOME!
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!
What is the nutritional count on these? They are YUMMY!
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!
Do you think I can get away with making these in a 9×13? Or is that too big?
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!
These look amazing!
Thanks for the recipe.
Just wondering how you store these? They smell delicious… baking right now!
They broke apart. Not a great recipe. Bummer.
very tasty but sweet. I think next time i will reduce the amount of brown sugar and honey. I added chia seeds.
Yum. These are really good. My husband wasn’t crazy about them, not because he didn’t like the flavor, but because they take a long time to chew (he prefers to mainline his sweet treats), but I think they are wonderful and so does my MIL. Finally….something I like that won’t disappear overnight! I had two, and I called it lunch. The only thing I’ll do different next time is chill them before cutting, as they are a little bit crumbly when warm.
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