Friday, November 2, 2012

Pumpkin Granola Bars

I had a lot of fun in the kitchen with this month's Bakin' Friends.  I have never made granola bars, but I was impressed with how easy they are!  For October, our secret ingredient was pumpkin. The addition of white chocolate chips added a touch of sweetness.
This recipe comes together in no time and only requires a quick session in the oven.  The pumpkin makes these a perfect fall treat. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient.  It's great in cakes, cookies, granola, lattes.  I love this time of year!
Pumpkin Granola Bars
makes one 8x8 pan
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
Grease 8x8 pan and preheat oven to 350.
Combine oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, dissolve brown sugar in pumpkin puree.  Add honey and vanilla and stir together until completely combined.   Pour wet ingredients over oat mixture and stir. Fold in white chocolate chips.  
Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down with a spatula.  Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once cool cut into bars.
This is the perfect hearty treat to keep you going on these cool fall days. Great for sharing with your pumpkin loving friends.  You could easily add some nuts or pumpkin seeds. I will definitely make granola bars again....they were so easy and tasty!
On another note, congrats to Molly and Jill for winning the Baby Carrot Shakedowns giveaway! I'll be contacting you to get your mailing info! Hope you enjoy the carrots!