Ever since I had the Kashi pumpkin granola bars I have been wanting to make my own version of pumpkin granola bars. Plus, I figured it would save money to make my own bars instead of buying a box of 5 to 6 bars for $3.50. I looked over a few recipes on the internet, and came up with my own recipe. The bars came out a little sweet, full of pumpkin spices, and quite chewy. I brought them to work, and everyone liked them. I guess they pass the taste test!
Pumpkin Granola Bars
Makes approx. 14 Bars
- 2 1/2 Cups Oats, toasted (place on baking sheet in oven for a few minutes)
- 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
- 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
- 1 Egg
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Butter or Butter Substitute, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 C. Honey
- 1/3 C. Sugar Free Maple Syrup
- 1 Tbsp. Molasses
- 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut
- 2/3 C. Dried Cranberries
- 2/3 C. Almonds or Walnuts, Chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Combine dry ingredients: oats, wheat germ, spices.
3. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl thoroughly: butter, sweeteners, pumpkin, egg.
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Mix in the cranberries, coconut, and nuts.
Nutrition Facts: 205 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g saturated, 30 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7.3 g protein, 23% DV iron, 99% DV vitamin A, 28% DV thiamin.
Adding the pumpkin to these bars packs in the nutrients. If you eat one bar, you can almost get your entire daily value for vitamin A! These bars are balanced between the fat, carbohydrates, and protein so they make a perfect snack or part of a breakfast-on-the-go. And the bars include a fruit and a vegetable! The 200 calories is if you cut the batch to make 14 bars. These bars will come out fairly large, so you do get quite a bit for 200 calories. And Mr. Triathlete likes them as well. That must mean they don’t taste too “healthy”, and they don’t make him want to vomit 😉 I was trying to make a palatable, yet healthy bar.