Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

You’re craving a quick, tasty and portable snack, so you reach for a granola bar. Yeah, we’ve all been there. When I was a student, they were a staple for me. I’d even buy them in bulk packages of 30 or 40.

While I’ve since learned that not all granola bars are healthy, I was surprised to read in a recent article that many of them have the same amount of calories, fat, sodium and sugar as chocolate bars! Yikes.

So when I saw this recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars, I hesitated to bake them. For awhile. Then I caved.

I won’t claim that these delectable bars are healthy, though I do believe they are far better for you than anything you’d find in a box or package. They were so irresistible I scarfed down several of them in a matter of days, but now I’ve found restraint.

They’re fragrantly spiced and moist, but they won’t fall apart on you. Despite my love of sugar, I found these too sweet – I’d cut the brown sugar to a lightly packed half cup, and reduce the chocolate chips by half as well. If you want to cut out the chocolate entirely, I’m certain chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts would be a perfect substitute.

What’s your take on the health value of granola bars?

Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for the full recipe.

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7 Responses to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  1. Babygirl December 22, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I am in aww of this post.. Very nice. I have to make this

    • Sondi Bruner December 22, 2010 at 8:13 am #

      Please do! They’re awesome.

  2. Lizzy M. December 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I am always looking for a good granola bar recipe, and rarely find one. These look great!

  3. Maia Gibb December 23, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    At last! something to do with the cans of pumpkin left over from thanksgiving! I’m making these while my kids are home on vacation!

  4. The Mixing Bowl Diary January 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    looks yummy!we go through granola bars soo fast. I am always looking for a new recipe to try! thanks

    • Sondi Bruner January 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

      These didn’t last long, that’s for sure!