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Pumpkin Up! Granola Bars


Here's the recipe for this week's Dessert Friday :) These granola bars can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free oats/granola. You can also make them protein bars by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder (personally I use VegaProtein Vanilla). In my mind, they are one of the best desserts or post-workout snack! 


  • Need: Parchment/wax paper & baking sheet
  • 1 cup (about 1/2 can) Pure Pumpkin Puree 
  • 2 Cups Raw Oats or your choice of Granola (I did 1 cup of raw oats & 1 cup of Bear Naked Vanilla Granola :)
  • 1 cup Almonds/Peanuts/Walnuts or a combination
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used dairy-free)
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Place mixed nuts in food processor & pulse a few times for them to break up into smaller pieces (not too small! you don't want powdered nuts)
  3. Put oats/granola into a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix brown sugar & processed nuts into oats/granola
  5. Melt the peanut butter & honey together in the microwave for 20-30 seconds to make it easy to mix in 
  6. Mix in the pumpkin puree to the oats/granola 
  7. Add melted peanut butter/honey mixture to granola/oats/nuts & mix in evenly
  8. Add the almond milk (you can do more or less than 1/4 cup depending on how it is looking)
  9. Mix in almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon & dark chocolate chips evenly throughout
  10. The mixture should be thick (not watery) - if it's too watery, add more oats
  11. Cover the baking sheet with parchment/wax paper & place the mixture on the paper, spreading it evenly throughout the pan - making it about an inch thick
  12. Bake for 20 minutes
  13. Take out & let cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut into shapes/sizes you prefer

Enjoy one right away while it's warm :) Then store the rest in the fridge wrapped in clear, seran wrap!



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