Are you looking for an easy granola bar for your kids lunch? Or for your late morning snack? Look no further, this is one of my favorites! Just so you don't think I'm crazy, the granola bars in these pictures do not have chocolate chips 🙂
- coconut oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
- ¼ cup peanut butter almond butter or nut butter of your choice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup 100% maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 tablespoons pumpin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 ½ cups oats I used Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats
- ½ cup quinoa flakes
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with coconut oil. Place parchment paper on top and grease again with coconut oil leaving edges folded over the rim.
- In medium bowl, mix together the pumpkin, peanut butter, vanilla and maple syrup until blended.
- In another medium bowl, mix together pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt, oats, quinoa and chia seeds until combined.
- Add chocolate chips and make sure they are mixed in. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into greased pan and press down.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes until edges are browned. Allow to cool before removing from the pan.
Calories from Fat: 30
Total Fat: 3.3g
Saturated Fat: 0.7g
Trans Fat: 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates: 14.9g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4g
*Nutritional information provided by www.caloriecount.com, not 100% guaranteed
You can omit the chocolate chips, add pumpkin seeds, walnuts, berries or whatever you'd like. Now you can give your kids granola bars and you don't have to worry about all the awful ingredients in them!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hi, I wanted to check about Pumpkin Puree - I assume this is just cooked pumpkin that is then pureed?! I'm in Australia & we don't use pumpkin in sweet dishes - and I've never seen pumpkin in a can here!!
Hi Amanda! Hmmm….that is interesting, we always have canned pumpkin here! Do you have fresh pumpkin?
Can the nut butter be omitted or substituted? No nuts at all allowed at our child's school. Thanks!
Hi Cheryl! You can try sun butter (sunflower seed butter)?
What can you substitute quinoa flakes for? Thanks!
You can just add more oats if you'd like Natalie? I hope that helps!
This sounds like a wonderful treat!
are they soft or crunchy?
Hi Erica! They are soft. Thanks for stopping by!