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Hello everyone! It's been months since I have posted. Life has been very busy, and I have been missing posting my recipes. I am back and have some Fall recipes to share with you! I don't know about you, but when the air gets cooler, and Fall seems to be creeping up, I get in the mood for anything pumpkin! Those crisp mornings where you want a hot cup of coffee and a delicious treat to go alongside it. Well I made a granola bar that is full of Fall flavors, and scents. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars to be exact. First let's talk about pumpkin. Most people use pumpkins for pies, breads, soups, or for spooky carvings at Halloween. Did you know that pumpkin provides us with vitamins A, C and E, is rich in minerals, and has powerful antioxidants? It has a high fiber content, and can help with weight loss and lowering cholesterol too. Pumpkin seeds alone are a healthy, and nutritious snack, and add a nice nutty flavor to many dishes. Last year I bought a few pumpkins, baked them, and made my own pumpkin puree. Here is the recipe. This year, I am using canned pumpkin because the pumpkins aren't out yet! I can't wait.
This granola bar recipe is slightly chewy, full of fiber, not too sweet, but very filling. They make a great grab and go snack for the whole family, and you can feel good that you opted to make your own versus store bought granola bars loaded with unhealthy ingredients. Hope you enjoy them!
3 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree ( I used Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried raisins
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray such as Pam.
In a large bowl, toss together oats, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, blend your brown sugar, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined.
Pour your wet ingredients over the oats mixture, and mix well until the oats are completely moistened.
Next add your pumpkin seeds, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Press the mixture firmly into your 8x8 prepared pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, and firm. Let your granola bars cool slightly before cutting into them, about 5-10 minutes. You may cut your bars into whatever size you prefer. You should get about 16 bars out of this recipe.
Some suggestions...You may replace raisins for cranberries, or any dried fruit you like. You may also add nuts for extra crunch and flavor. You can store your granola bars in an airtight container and keep frozen if you don't plan on eating them within a week or so.
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