Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars make a great portable snack or breakfast on the go. I know what you are thinking, “why in the world is she making pumpkin treats at the end of January?” Well in my world, I do not just have pumpkin treats in the fall! I love pumpkin so much they are a year round treat for me! :)

Today my husband and I are going on a winter hike at Turkey Run State Park here in Indiana. So last night I decided to make these scrumptious granola bars to take along with us. Making granola bars is super easy and so much better than the prepackaged bars. My husband and I are constantly on the go, so these granola bars are a fast, portable, and healthy snack!

Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Pumpkin Granola Bars packed with warm spices, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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 light brown sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom and sides of a 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt together. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over oats and stir well, until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries.
Place the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve.

Source: adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

25 Responses to “Pumpkin Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    KeepItSweet — January 29, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    I also love pumpkin treats any time of year. They look so pretty wrapped with the ribbon.

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    sensiblecooking — January 29, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    That is the spirit Christina. If you love something don’t have to wait for the weather or season. My experience with granola isn’t good. I somehow mess it. I am gonna follow your recipe direction and I am sure I can make this yummy bars. I love hiking too so this is just perfect.

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    Honey — January 29, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    once again, gorgeous pictures. i love the little blue ribbon idea. where do you buy them? this looks healthy.

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    katshealthcorner — January 29, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Stunning. Absolutely Stunning. I love the little blue ribbon — such a great touch. :)

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — January 29, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I really, really want to make these. They look SO good. What a great idea to add pumpkin in there. I agree with you, pumpkin is fantastic when it’s cold outside. It totally warms me up [and with 10 inches of snowfall in the last 24 hours, I need it!]

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    Nina — January 29, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    These look fantastic! Great post. Love how you wrapped them!

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    The Food Hound — January 29, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    I wouldn’t even bother to cut these and eat it with yogurt or milk for breakfast!! I love homemade granola, and I’ve never made it with pumpkin before!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — January 29, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    I have a similar recipe that I adore all year round. Love these bars and pumpkin all year round for me :)

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    Sara — January 29, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    These look awesome. I love Kashi’s crunchy pumpkin spice granola bars, but these sound even better. I’m like you and can eat pumpkin year-round, so I will definitely give these a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Livin' in the Kitchen — January 30, 2011 @ 2:08 am

    Mmm! These sound amazing, and the packaging on them is absolutely adorable! I always need something that’s easy to pack for school mornings, too. Eating caf. food for breakfast is sort of nasty, not gonna lie. So unhealthy.
    Jess : )

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    Lauren — January 30, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    LOVE pumpkin… and granola bars! These look fantastic. Consider them made :).

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — January 30, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    oh my, i can eat one right off your screen!!!

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    Lucie — January 30, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    I love Turkey Run Park! I grew up in Urbana, Illinois, and we used to go quite often. Granola bars were the snack of choice, too–these sound great!

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    AvaDJ — January 30, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Recipe printed, you are my go to source for homemade granola bars now after trying the S’mores ones. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    thoma — January 31, 2011 @ 5:26 am

    these look wonderful. great job!!

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    Linda — January 31, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    I was given a gift of premium dried cherries from my sister-in-law who lives next to a cherry grove. I will be using them instead of the cranberries. Either way, I know these are going to be great. I’m always looking for something healthy to make for my afternoon snack at work. Thanks Christina!

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    info@simplydolicious.com — August 18, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

    These granola bars look very delicious and presentable! I am gonna make some soon and wrap it as gifts like these..thanks!

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    Manimo — January 29, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Do you know thé nutritive information about this bar ? How Many calories are on these bars ?!

    • Christina replied: — February 8th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      If you cut these into 12 bars they are 320 calories each. :)

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