Happy Halloween! I watched Hocus Pocus last night while drinking chai tea and eating half of one of these granola bars. It was the perfect way to kick off a great Halloween. Can’t wait to pass out candy and see all the cute kid costumes tonight. I love the excitement on children’s faces as they knock on your door and say, “Trick or Treat!”
Here is a great recipe for anytime of the year, but it’s particularly fitting that it has pumpkin in it, since I seem to be a tad obsessed with pumpkin this year. See my other pumpkin posts here and here. This recipe makes a great on-the-go breakfast or snack option and is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Recipe was adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Makes approximately 12 bars
3 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (can sub gluten free oats)
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup 100% organic, pure pumpkin puree
1/4 cup no sugar, organic added applesauce
3 TBS. honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips or carob chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Add oats, spices and salt together in a large bowl. Combine mixture.
Whisk brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, honey or agave nectar and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until well combined and smooth. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture until oats are coated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Press oat mixture into baking pan as evenly as possible. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. To ensure they aren’t under baked, really make sure the top is golden and set because the bars keep pretty moist.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cook for 10 minutes. Cut into bars and enjoy.