Granola Pumpkin Bars

Granola Pumpkin Bars |

Last month while I was visiting my family back in Romania I got together with some friends from high school. It was such a wonderful night full of laughter, sweet memories and delicious meals. We could not believe there have been more than 10 years since we finished high school and everyone went on different paths. Some of them I met in college again, but just a couple. Some I met years later. Some I stillhaven’t met since out last high school day.
When high school end some of the best days begin some may say. Collage years were so much fun I have to agree. Moving out of my parents’ house . New roommates. Chit-chatting with friends until dawn. Weekend getaways. Loved every second of it. Well, at least until mid-term exams come knocking at the door. Those were the not so livin’ la vita loca days.
Those days all we wanted and needed was lots of coffee, grab and go snacks and tons of luck.
While Charlie is having her mid-term exams (best of luck my friend) I’m supposed to share a vegetarian dish with you. At first I had my mind set on an easy dinner idea each student can put together in less than 30 minutes but after seeing these pumpkin bars. I immediately changed my mind and took the oats out of the cupboard.
Energy bars and a big cup of coffee is on every student’s mind this time of the year.
Granola Pumpkin Bars |
To make these granola bars is very simple and it doesn’t require sophisticated and expensive kitchen gadgets. All you need are a big bowl, measuring cups, a wooden spoon or a spatula and an 11X7 baking pan.
Start by preheating the oven and greasing your baking pan.
Measure your dry ingredients. Rolled oats. Walnuts pieces. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin pie spices.Mix them all in a bowl and set aside.
Time for the wet ingredients. Canned pumpkin. Applesauce. Maple syrup.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Spread mixture evenly into the baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden. Let cool slightly and cut into bars using a sharp knife (mine is pretty dull but let’s not get into details)
Granola Pumpkin Bars |
Please follow me to my friend Charlie’s blog for complete list of ingredients and directions
Thank you all for being here today, you have a special place in my heart.
Sending you lots of love,

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  1. Tina says

    These bars are great for those that are even out of school! It seems like a lot of people that work start to drag around 2 pm. These would be a nice treat to get back on track. Like that you have included the seeds as well as the pumpkin. Well done!

  2. FOODESSA says

    Throughout my 'Loca' moments and pulling all nighters with my studies…much coffee was had and granola bars were often by its side.

    Roxanne, these bars are very timely because I've been wanting to make something different with all the extra squash I've been mashing lately ;o)

    Glad to read that your time in Romania was truly cherishable.

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  3. Lizzy says

    Oh, how yummy! And these are so perfect, you could sell them commercially. Roxana, you are amazing! Off to check your guest post~

  4. Junia says

    this is my first seeing pumpkin used in a granola bar! i love it! 😀 and using chia seeds to thicken chili is AWESOME. i will try that next time!

  5. Elies_Lie says

    Glad to know that u having a great time while u in romania roxana :)
    and tq for sharing the pic and recipe link for this healthy granola!
    loves the pic! 😉

  6. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says

    These are so delicious and definitely a winner with coffee for a quick brain booster while studying! Sure beats the packets of shortbread I used to devour when studying. When I got up, my bum was instantly bigger. Should have gone for these granola goodness bars…hm.

  7. Elin says

    First time hearing of granola bars using pumpkin :) it looks delicious. Healthy too. I just bake a pumpkin cake :) I love pumpkin in pie too whatmore in a granola bar. Thanks for the recipe :)

  8. Ꮮуռ (ᶬˠ ᶩᶤᵗᵗᶥᵋ ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ) says

    Beautiful granola pumpkin bars and I don't think they're dull at all. 😉
    What other ingredients can I use besides rolled oats?Bcoz my girls don't like them.

  9. Amy says

    Roxana these sound delicious! I have been looking for a good pumpkin granola bar recipe, and yours sounds perfect! I am going to have to try them. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  10. Terra says

    Love the simplicity of the recipe, yet so full of gorgeous flavor! I am still learning all I can on vegan recipes, they are so healthy and fun! This looks fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra

  11. Gina says

    Midterms, not days I wish to repeat. Sounds like you had fun visiting home. Yummy looking bars. Hope you have a great week.

  12. Sandra says

    This looks amazing as always..there is no shock manage to make wonderful treats all the time! I love your recipe, and an amazing photos..Congrats on the guest post!!

  13. Elisabeth says

    Yummy looking granola pumpkin bars, Roxana! Love the recipe, and the beautiful photos, as well!
    I really enjoyed reading your post about meeting up with your high school friends!

  14. Ann says

    Roxana – these look absolutely delicious…and your photos *sigh* they are SOOOooooo amazing! It's amazing how fast time passes, isn't it?

  15. Hyosun Ro says

    Glad there are no midterms in my life any more. I'd like to have this delicious looking granola bar for my morning coffee right now. I'm going over to get the recipe.

  16. Cristina says

    I luv, luv these granola pumpkin bars! You've presented them so beautifully that I want to make these as soon as I can find some pepitas/pumpkin seeds. Just lovely and healthy goodness. :)

  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Delicious looking pumpkin bars! I've never had pumpkin bars and I'm so curious to taste these! It's nice to hear you enjoyed time with your old friends back home. :-)

  18. Foodiva says

    I wish this blog existed when I was still in college and was cramming for those exams…. oh, the sleepless nights! These gorgeous pumpkin bars would sure be welcome in my dorm :-).

  19. foodblogandthedog says

    Vegan pumpkin granola bars sound amazing, I just made a vegan pumpkin choc chip loaf that you would never think was vegan. The pumpkin puree gives such great sweetness and keeps things moist, it's my new favourite ingredient. Unfortunately you can't buy it in cans here, I have to make my own :(

  20. claudia @Whats cookin says

    Thanks for the visit sweetie~ I love granola bars yours are so perfect and healthy and right in time for fall!

  21. kita says

    I saw these pics the other day while stumbling and thought to myself 'Roxana is back!' I am so happy to see your clean and beautiful pictures again – and these bars – ooh yeah – they aren't too bad sounding themselves!

  22. Quay Po Cooks says

    It is always fun to catch up with high school friends. There are about 10 of us who meet up quite regularly. We always have too much food and drinks. There are always so much to share and so much to laugh about. Your pumpkin bars sounds like a good snacks to have around.

  23. Eileen says

    I love the sounds of these bars and I think I even have all the ingredients on hand to make them! They look so healthy – something I could use a little more of.

  24. Kate @ Kate from Scratch says

    I'm following! The perfect balance between snacky (a word?) and healthy…a rare nutritious-delicious dichotomy. Perfect find for a little boost mid-day.

  25. julie says

    Who knew that granola bars were so simple to make? I'm sitting here wondering why I'm still buying them. I'll be testing these out on my kids for sure! Hope you're doing well Roxana. :)

  26. says

    What a great way to incorporate pumpkin. These bars sound like a great snack. Love that they're vegan, too! x

  27. Roxana GreenGirl says

    @ Lyn,
    if your girls don't like rolled oats I would suggest using wheat or rye flakes instead, but you may have to adjust the ratio of dry/wet ingredients. I can't quite tell you how much since I haven't use any of them yet. Hope this helps.

  28. bunkycooks says

    I have two pumpkins on the back deck waiting to be roasted and used in recipes. This one could be their fate! :)

  29. Magic of Spice says

    I sweetie, I am trying to catch up a bit. So glad you had such a good time with your family and got to spend time with old friends as well :)
    Pumpkin is such a fun flavor for these granola bars, they look fantastic!

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