Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Okay, time for a confession: I have a major “mom” purse. Yup, it’s large, in-charge and full of pretty much everything you and I both would need to stay alive on a deserted island for at least a week. Nope, not a mom – just prepared for incidentals.

Along with the Advil, WetOnes and tissues are, of course, a plentiful supply of granola bars. I absolutely love granola bars, but I especially love that when I’m on-the-go and craving a snack, I can grab one, gobble it up and feel nourished right away.

However, though I’ve been subsisting off of the boxes of Chewy store-bought bars for years and like them quite a bit, I’ve never had granola bars quite like these…

Armed with a can of pumpkin puree and lots of ideas, this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod was my first choice, and I’m definitely glad I chose it!

I’m no expert baker, but you don’t have to be to make homemade granola bars. All it took was a few wet ingredients (in this case, pumpkin, applesauce and honey), old-fashioned oats,  spices, and chocolate chips for extra sweetness and texture. Mix ‘em together, press it all into a pan and bake!

I know you will enjoy these just as much as I have been. They’re so simple to make, even our outdoorsy friend Chris, who’s currently traveling the country in his RV could make them in his 20-square-foot kitchen (Hey, Chris! Make these now, you hear me?).

The pumpkin, applesauce and honey are so flavorful when mixed with the chewy oats, and the vanilla, chocolate chips and spices really make the whole thing like a delicious little autumn baked good you can keep in your pocket!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: Makes 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

Directions:

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

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.

Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 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 completely. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.

Enjoy!

      

45 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    Anonymous — January 9, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    These look delicious, I’m going to try making them tomorrow!
    How long do they stay fresh- can half the batch be frozen?

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    Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) — January 9, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Yes, absolutely!

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    Roxan — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    LOL… mom purse… I am actually pretty good about not having one of those. I just hate lugging around something so heavy! But I guess it’s more out of laziness than anything.
    These granola bars look amazing. My husband leaves a box of granola bars to munch on, maybe I will be a nice wife and make him some homemade ones. MAYBE. ;]
    By the way, loving the new profile picture! It’s new right?

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    Jennifurla — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Oh delicious, I love this style bar. It is good for my kid & me, lovely treat.

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    Jessica @ bake me away! — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Oh, these do look good! I’ve never made granola bars (or granola for that matter), but pumpkin chocolate chip would probably be first on my list. :) Also, I have a smallish purse, but it’s amazing how much crap ends up in it!

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    Mum — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Can’t wait to try these, Gi, they look so tasty! Reminds me of my Mom-purse when you were a toddler. I went to comb my hair in the ladies room at an art museum and your Chicken McNuggets rolled out…two other Moms at the sink started chuckling. Not a word was exchanged, just a true “aahh jayzus!” moment.

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    emily — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Really great photos! I’m glad to hear it was a good recipe. I’ve been meaning to try them.

    p.s. I totally have a mom purse too. :)

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    Pam — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I love that there is pumpkin in these granola bars! Yum.

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    Twopeasandtheirpod — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Glad you liked the granola bars!

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    Imwaytoobusy — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    These look and sound delicious! You can’t beat any granola/pumpkin combo! :)

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    Moogie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    This is a super recipe. And you get an A+ on the photos.

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    Miranda @ Mangoes and Chutney — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe. We go through so many granola bars, I might as well try making some – we go through a good amount of oatmeal too, so warehouse club shopping I will be! BTW, nice pic!

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    Spencer — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Sounds absolutely awesome! I’d love to try some.

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    Taylor (greens & chocolate) — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I saw these on Two Peas in a Pod and have been dying to make them! I love having granola bars in my purse when emergency hunger strikes…it can happen at any second you know! :)

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    Jenn's Food Journey — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    ooohhhh…these do look so good… and simple.. I love that even more!!

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    Baking Serendipity — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I totally have a mom purse too. You just never know when you’re going to need something..like one of these awesome granola bars :)

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    Life given, eat well — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I love a good recipe for granola or cereal bars, and adding the pumpkin is brilliant.

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    Blackbookkitchendiaries — January 10, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    thank you for sharing this lovely post.. i love homemade granola bars .. this version sounds so yummy. ps: your new profile pic is really pretty.

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    extra large cooking pots — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Great! Thank for information, I’m looking for it for a long time,

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    Stephanie — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    It’s insane hoe easy some foods are to make, but we still buy them because of convenience. Based on this post, it’s pretty obvious that homemade granola bars not only taste better, but they’re healthier too! Thanks for sharing…it’s inspired me to throw those pre-packaged bars to the curb!

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    Emily @Cleanliness — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    This is absolutely stunning. I love it! They look so perfect!!

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    Angie's Recipes — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    These look totally delicious and tempting! You have all my favourite ingredients in one!

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    Betty @ Scrambledhenfruit — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Georgia, I’m going to make these to have on hand when my family arrives next week for Thanksgiving. They’ll be a great snack for my health conscious youngsters. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Deborah — January 10, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    I have been dying to make these. I could have used a few in my purse earlier today – I was out and about and starving!!

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    enrolled agent cpe — January 10, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Anything with chocolate chip is good. So though I’m not a big pumpkin fan I’m willing to give this a try.

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    Georgia — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Yea, my picture is new – Thanks for noticing! I think you and your husband would love these. They’re a nice change in routine from the usual store-bought stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Monet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    I have a mom purse too. And like you, mine is always full of snacks. Muffins, granola bars, bags of cut fruit. I can’t go anywhere without some goodies! These bars look great. I love the addition of pumpkin. I tend to buy granola bars as opposed to making them (which is a shame because homemade tastes so much better!) I will have to give these babies a try!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    your granola bars look so perfect! they also look like a perfect snack

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    Bonnie353 — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    I’m so glad that I “clicked” over to your blog this morning. It’s my first visit but I’ve come away with yet another delicious pumpkin recipe to add to my collection. Thanks!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    Mary - One Perfect Bite — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Georgia, these really look delicious. This is my first visit here and I’ve taken some time to browse through some of your earlier posts. I love the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll be back often. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    April in CT — January 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    These look great, but here I am having JUST run out of old fashioned oats!!! I have everything else on hand and the oats on my grocery list, can’t wait to try them!

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    dishingthedivine — May 12, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    I have *tons* of homemade roasted pumpkin in my freezer and keep looking for a use for it. These bars are perfect! Recipe is printed and I hope to try it soon! :) Usually I end up using my pumpkin to make this soup, but like you wrote above, what I often need is a quick snack to stash in the purse for an on-the-go pick-me-up. :) http://www.dishingthedivine.com/2011/01/10/winter-squash-soup/

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    marla — November 26, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    Georgia, these granola bars look amazing! Just pinned.
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)

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    Alyssa — December 2, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    I just made this recipe today, and I’m not quite sure when the granola bars are “done.” You said they should be golden, but the orange of the pumpkin is throwing me off. What are some other tell-tale signs that the bars should be done baking?

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — December 2, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    Hi Alyssa – The bars should be firm to the touch, so if 35-40 minutes isn’t giving you that result, I would add 5-10 more minutes. After allowing the pan to cool on the counter, it also helps to refrigerate the whole pan of granola for easy cutting. Hope that helps!

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    Heather Franzen — January 18, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    Oh my goodness.
    I chose your recipe because I already had most of the ingredients (all I needed was applesauce!) This was a very easy recipe but it is SO flavorful.

    I substituted in white chocolate chips instead. I’m a sucker for white chocolate…

    Anyway, this is awesome. Store bought granola bars are so expensive… So thanks for sharing!

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    arieschk — February 1, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Is there a substitute for the pumpkin puree? I’m overseas right now and all they have is pumpkin pie filling at the commissary.

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — February 8, 2012 @ 3:53 am

    The only substitute for pumpkin puree would potentially be using the same amount of applesauce, but though it has a similar consistency, using it would eliminate any pumpkin flavor.

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    sallysbakingaddiction — February 20, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    these granola bars look right up my alley. i LOVE pumpkin and chocolate together. And adding those flavors to a homemade granola bar sounds like perfection. These pictures are beautiful too!

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    Anonymous — October 4, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    has anyone run this through a calorie counter or anything? Just curious the nutrition facts. Just made my first batch and they are so yummy!

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    Carly — December 1, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    These are delicious! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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    Jaclyn — April 16, 2013 @ 12:44 am

    I love pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and these are like the healthier version of those, must try them!

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    Julie — August 17, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    These look absolutely yummy! I would love to know how long these bars stay fresh/good for?

    • Georgia — August 18th, 2013 @ 9:55 am

      One week in a resealable plastic bag or container.

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    Christina — September 5, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I’m so happy you posted this today! I was looking for a new granola bar to try and with pumpkin, I bet these are really tasty!

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