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Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars Recipe

Pumpkin plus chocolate chips in an allergen-friendly grab-and-go snack. These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are chewy and delicious!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars on plate

Have you ever made your own granola bars? They are so simple and affordable to make at home! This easy Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars Recipe is full of fall flavor and the perfect grab and go snack! They are also great to add to lunchboxes.

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Ingredients

Oats and other granola bar ingredients in bowls.

To make these you just need a few simple ingredients, most of them are probably in your pantry.

  • Rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • canned pumpkin
  • peanut butter (or alternative nut butter)
  • maple syrup

You will also need

  • bowl
  • spatula
  • 8×8 baking dish

Instructions

Oats, Peanut Butter, and pumpkin in mixing bowl

Prep

Preheat your oven to 350 and line your baking pan with parchment paper. This will make it easier to remove your bars later.

Mix

In a large bowl add dry ingredients; oats, ground flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix to combine.

In the same large bowl add wet ingredients; pumpkin puree, nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Then, fold in mini-chocolate chips.

Bake

Transfer the oat mix to the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to evenly flatten the mixture into an even layer.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the bars turn a light golden brown.

Gluten Free Pumpkin granola bars with chocolate chips

Cool & Slice

Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before slicing into bars.

Gluten Free

To make these bars gluten-free you just need to make sure you are using certified gluten free oats.

Vegan

If you need these dairy free or vegan simply make sure you are using a vegan chocolate chip.

Storage

Once these granola bars are cool and sliced, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Store them in the fridge to lengthen the shelf life by a few days. These can also be packaged and stored in the freezer for longer-term storage.

Tips

  • Want to add some protein? Mix in 1 tbsp of pea protein to the dry ingredients. It won’t affect the taste but will add some nutritional value.
  • Don’t have maple syrup? You can substitute honey for the sweetener in this recipe.
  • Change up the mix-ins. Use dried cranberries, almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc.

More Grab & Go Snacks

As a busy mom, I am always looking for healthy grab-and-go snacks. Making my own is a great way to not only know what is in them but to save money too! Storebought snacks can be expensive and contain a ton of sugar and other things I don’t want my family eating. Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make and have on hand as options for my kids. 

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Pumpkin plus chocolate chips in an allergen friendly grab and go snack. These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are chewy and delicous!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • cup peanut butter sub with your favorite nut butter
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add a piece of parchment paper to an 8×8 baking dish, using enough paper to create flaps on the sides for easy removal. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add oats, ground flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix to combine.
  • In the same bowl, add pumpkin, nut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in mini-chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to evenly flatten the dough.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the bars turn a light golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before slicing into bars.

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Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1601IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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