I love granola. I do not, however, love hugging trees. I like to look at them and have them in my yard, but I don’t enjoy wrapping my arms around them. They’re pokey. So, the moral of the story is…you can love granola without hugging a tree. Amen.
If you love granola, you have to love granola bars. It’s just the natural progression of things. It makes sense. If you love pumpkin AND you love granola bars then it also makes sense that you would love pumpkin granola bars. See how it works? If you love pumpkin and you love fried pickles, chances are you would love pumpkin fried pickles. No, wait – that does not work. Just cancel out my entire train of logical thinking.
I whipped these up using some pumpkin I had in the refrigerator. I used part of the can to make Pumpkin Syrup and one should never let the rest of the can go to waste. The batter is stiff and a bit hard to stir but persevere…oh, and you might accidentally stir some out onto the counter. Pick it up when no one is looking and put it back into the bowl. *Cough*
You’ll have to pack the mixture down into the pan. Trying to use a stirring spoon isn’t really helpful. I just wet down my washed hands a bit and use them to pack it into the pan. Worked like a charm.
The pecans are a nice touch in this recipe, but if you hate pecans then leave them out…or substitute a nut you do like. We’re equal opportunity nut lovers in this house.
Also, if your husband is fasting chocolate as a sacrifice while he prays over our country, then you might not want to add chocolate chips to the recipe…or you can “accidentally” forget and add them anyway so that you can eat the whole pan by yourself. *Cough* Sorry, God.
Since this recipe uses flour, the texture of the bars is a bit more like a dense Baked Oatmeal or an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie…and really, how can you go wrong with something like that?
Put them on one of your pretty china plates while you eat them…enjoy your coffee. And pray for forgiveness for using chocolate. I said I was sorry. Sheesh.
Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup white wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup sucanat/brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 egg
- ½ cup sour cream
- Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, sucanat/brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir.
- Add egg, sour cream, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir until combined. It will be stiff.
- Pack down into pan using damp hands.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned to your desire.
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