Pumpkin Granola Bars

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I love granola bars.   They’re so hearty and satisfying, which makes them a great snack, or even breakfast for some.  The best part is, there are so many different ways to eat them.  Oats are generally the foundation, and from there, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, or even peanut butter can be added.  Some are made with honey, some are made with brown sugar or maple syrup….the options are endless and they’re all so good!  The biggest question is, crunchy or chewy?  I like both — it really depends on my mood.  I found these Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Pecan Granola Bars on the Brown Eyed Baker blog back in October and have been dying to make them.  I followed the recipe exactly this time, so click the link above if you’d like to try them!  These bars are on the softer side.  I’d actually call them glorified oatmeal cookies without the butter.  There’s nothing wrong with that, either — I love oatmeal cookies!  I will be trying different variations, probably using a bit less sugar and using more pumpkin instead of applesauce.  My son loved them, and told me I had to put them on my blog, so here they are.

So why make your own granola bars with so many options out there?  They’re easy to put together and your family is going to love you for it.  You’ll love yourself for it!  They’re wholesome and they make the house smell divine.  How can they not?  The scent of pumpkin with the wonderful pumpkin pie spice and ground cinnamon always makes a house smell…well…homey.   It is also nice to get away from processed food once in a while, too.  When you make your own, you know exactly what you’re putting into them.  Did I mention that these are gluten-free?  Well, they are.  No wheat products in here.  I was a bit skeptical of the Hershey’s cinnamon chips that this recipe calls for.  I am a big cinnamon fan, but wondered how cinnamon chips would taste.  Turns out they’re amazing,   and I’ll be using them in oatmeal cookies soon.  Or I’ll just bake some more of these, which I definitely plan to do.  Wow your families and make some homemade Pumpkin Granola Bars.  You’ll be glad you did!

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