Pumpkin Maple Spice Granola Bars – #SundaySupper Gifts from the Kitchen (#gluten free #vegan)

Oh, I am too excited for words!!  MY.FIRST.NEW.RECIPE.SINCE.JULY!!!!!  And it is for a #SundaySupper.  So happy to be rejoining that wonderful group, and returning to the blogosphere after an extended absence.  We will talk more about that in the days and weeks and months to come.  But for now – Christmas!!

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I know I know I know.  I was actually just a little bit disturbed when, on November 1st, I saw that the Hallmark Channel had switched over to full-time Christmas movie programming.  It took a few more days before I saw all of the holiday merchandise on full display in the stores, because of a little thing called Hurricane Sandy, but let’s not go there.  (Side note: Holiday stuff comes out earlier and earlier every year, but now if you try to score some bargains the day after Christmas, all that is left is a few packages of that metallic garland that was so popular in, oh, 1986, and some broken ornaments.  Ugh!)

But really, it is never to early to start planning and prepping for the holidays (as long as you don’t forget that MY birthday falls in the midst of it all on November 27th, and no, I don’t want to just stick my candles in the pumpkin pie, thank you very much).  So that is why the #SundaySupper crew is bringing you Gifts from the Kitchen this week.

My contribution are these slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and oh so pumpkininny (I love that word) granola bars – they just taste like the holidays.  And while I love all the typical cookies and candies and cakes that most people like to give away as holiday gifts, I thought these would be a nice, healthy alternative.  You know, the perfect thing to send along with the family after they have stayed at your house for a week, gorging on sugary treats (not that I have any personal experience with this – LOVE YOU family).

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And you don’t have to give them away – The Bug has been enjoying them, and I prefer to give these when he begs for his daddy’s Clif and Zone bars.

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Pumpkin Maple Spice Granola Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast, Bars
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 3¼ c old-fashioned oats (*See Note)
  • ¼ c ground flax seed (optional)
  • ¼ t ground ginger
  • 1 t cinamon
  • ¼ t nutmeg
  • ⅛ t ground cloves
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • ½ c maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • ½ c dried cranberries
  • ½ c chopped walnuts or pecans (or a mixture)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat an 8x8 in. baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the first 7 ingredients (oats through salt)
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats mixture, and stir until evenly coated and the oats are moistened.
  6. Stir in the cranberries and nuts.
  7. Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, and firm.
  9. Cool in pan for about 5-10 minutes, cut into bars, and remove from pan to finish cooling completely.
Notes
*If you need these to be gluten-free, ensure that you are using oats that are certified gluten-free.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    Welcome back Brianne. Looks like you came back with a bang because you had me with this recipe, no doubt. Pumpkin, maple, spice – yes please. Wrap it all up in some yummy granola bars and I am a friend for life.
    This is a great gift idea!

    • says

      Oops, should have commented that if you need this to be gluten free, to be sure to use gluten-free oats. Oats, in and of themselves, are gluten free, but the issue is that in standard processing plants, there is nearly always cross contamination, unless they are grown and process in a controlled environment to ensure no cross contamination. I will note that.

  2. says

    Oh my gosh, these look absolutely wonderful. I’m a huge granola fan, and I can’t wait to give these a try. Pinned.

    I love Christmas shows just as much as the next, but that’s a bit absurd. Nov. 1st is much to early. BTW, I love your new look!

  3. says

    So good to see you back!!!! And with a delicious, healthy food gift…these are the best looking granola bars I’ve seen in a long time…YUM!

  4. says

    Wow! Your bars are so solid! Every time we make granola bars they crumble into pieces as I cut them or when the girls eat them. I would make them more if they stayed together. Maybe we will try this recipe!

  5. says

    Good to have you back. I love the addition of pumplin to these granola bars. No matter how much honey I put in my granola bars I couldn’t get them to stick together very well. Any tricks?

    • says

      Thanks! I think it was the combo of the pumpkin adding moisture, and also maple syrup, which I think it a little more liquidy than honey. So the oats were really moist, then I packed them in well. I have made bars before that crumbled, so I am wondering if just using honey as “glue” doesn’t work as well because it doesn’t moisten the bars as well to help them then re-dry a little as they bake and stick. I have seen recipes with applesauce, too, so I want to try that, and maybe even some mashed banana.

  6. Anne Leblanc says

    I found those yesterday and was really excited as I used to make great pumpkin bars but lost the recipe and these sounded similar. I made yours with all organic ingredients, followed the recipe exactly except for the nuts (work in a nut-free daycare) which I substituted with org. pumpkin seeds.
    I was sooooo disappointed when I tasted them: they were pasty, dry, and bland even with the spices and the maple syrup. They held together perfectly, but they weren’t tasty. I expected something moist and tender with the full flavour of the yummy ingredients. Wonder what I did wrong… Any idea?

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