Because I have excess pumpkin from my Pumpkin Molasses Cookies, I decided to look over a few of my favorite blogs for some ideas. I came across so many good looking pumpkin recipes (with half of them on Sugar Crafter’s blog) but found this granola bar recipe on The Comfort of Cooking’s blog and thought I could turn this into a healthy snack.

The pumpkin, applesauce and honey flavours burst together in your mouth. When mixed with the rolled oats and cranberries this granola bar becomes the perfect healthy snack!

Let’s get baking. First, preheat your oven and spray your 8 x 8-inch 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. I shouldn’t have used my red bowls to take pictures with….sorry for the ugliness! haha

Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are moist. 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. Under baked bars are yucky. Yeah, I said it – yucky. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola bars
Adapted loosely from The Comfort of Cooking’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Makes 10-12 granola bars
3 weight watchers points for for 1 of 12 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
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Pour over oats and stir well, until all of the oats are moist. Stir in cranberries.
5. 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!
6. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Using a sharp knife, cut into bars.

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9 Responses to Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars

  1. Heather says:

    Yum! These granola bars sound amazing. Such a fabulous treat on the go too. Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to try! :)

  2. Tracy says:

    Aww, thanks for the shout-out! ;-) These do look delicious and healthy. I love the update to your blog layout, too!

  3. callieadams says:

    I’m totally heading to my kitchen to make these. I can’t WAIT! The kids are going to love having something yummy and the best part is, I HAVE ALL THE STUFF so I don’t even have to run off to the grocery. SWEET!

  4. Tanvi says:

    These look great.I have never tried pumpkin in granola bars.Very healthy too.

  5. These granola bars sound fantastic! Pumpkin and cranberries go so well together, and I bet the combined flavor in these bars is especially delicious.

  6. Danielle says:

    These look super good, and pretty easy too! Gotta try these sometime.

  7. I was just thinking the other day that it would be nice to make more of the homemade sort of granola bar to have around for my son. And with WW points, then I can eat them too!

  8. I love pumpkin and cranberries together. These would be great snacks for me to have on hand between classes. Yummy!

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