These were chewy and delicious. I subbed the chocolate chips and nuts for more chewy goodness in the form of raisins and dates. I think white chocolate chips would have been amazing, but I didn't have any on hand.
Due to the pumpkin, it was hard to tell when these reached "golden brown" status. I baked them for 40 minutes and they were great. The edges, by that point, had crisped up, and the inside pieces didn't fall apart.
These would be great for a morning treat or an afternoon snack. Got the idea for this recipe here.
Pumpkin Granola Bars
- 3 c old fashioned oats
- 2 t pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 t salt
- 3/4 c packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 c pumpkin puree
- 1/4 c applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/2 c dried cranberries
- 1/2 c raisins
- 1/2 c chopped dates
-- In a large bowl, mix together sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla. Add in those oats and coat well.
-- Fold in your "extras" (and feel free to play around here!) and stir
-- Press firmly into a foiled/oiled lined 8x11 or 9x9 baking dish
-- Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350