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