These Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars have a perfectly chewy texture, and they are naturally sweetened with dates, honey and maple syrup. Take these bars on the go for a quick breakfast or fall snack!

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds, shelled or not
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup pureed dates
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In large skillet, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add oats to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove to large mixing bowl. Return pan to heat, melt remaining butter and add chopped pecans and pepitas to pan. Cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 3-4 minutes. Remove to mixing bowl with oats. Stir to blend. Add in puffed rice cereal, cranberries and raisins and stir gently.

In medium bowl, combine date puree, sunflower seed butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, salt and spices. Stir together until evenly blended. (If mixture is thick and difficult to stir, microwave for about 15 seconds and try stirring again.) Add wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients and fold together until evenly mixed.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press firmly into even layer. Bake, rotating halfway through baking time, until bars are just set and beginning to brown around edges, about 24 minutes total. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Use parchment paper to lift from pan and slice into bars. If necessary, chill in refrigerator before slicing.

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