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Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Pumpkin pie in the palm of your hand

Making granola bars at home is one of our favorite ways to replace store bought items with DIY treats made with our own two hands. If you’ve ever looked at the nutrition label on your favorite granola bar, you might be surprised to find how much unnecessary junk is in there! Instead, get creative with your own imaginative flavor combinations and make your own at home – if you can make brownies or cupcakes, then you can make granola bars as well! Plus, it’s a great way to get kids into the kitchen to make their own snacks. In this recipe, Carrian welcomes us into fall with these Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars, made with oats, honey, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, and, of course, pumpkin spice. To add an additional dose of nutritional benefit, she sneaks in fiber and Omega-3 rich flax seeds and vitamin packed wheat germ. With the flavor of the pumpkin pie, your kids won’t even know they’re healthy!


Carrian Cheney

Food Blogger & Writer

Carrian Cheney from Sweet Basil

I believe that food should be an experience and not merely a means to survive. When people join together in the kitchen to create with real, quality ingredients and a point in the right direction, anyone can be successful in the kitchen. They not only eat better, but relationships are strengthened.

We met Carrian serendipitously through Twitter (where many great relationships begin) and boy, are we glad we did. Other than being sweet as can be (seriously, she rocks), she’s a wonderful writer who shares her comforting and delicious recipes with us on her blog, Sweet Basil. Her writing is the type that you read and feel as if you’re getting to know her instantaneously. With her recipes, she invites us into her home as part of her family and inspires us to put quality, real food on the table each and every day.

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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Instead of buying jars of pumpkin pie spice, make a much better version at home using this basic ratio of spices. Perfect for all your fall baking!

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  • Bella

    YUM!! However, despite what we’ve been told, canola oil is not very healthy. I made these this morning but I substituted the canola oil with healthy coconut oil, which gave it a great little hint of coconut taste – yum! I also used dark chocolate chips – these are soo much better than anything you will buy in a box! Thanks for the delicious recipe!!

    • @disqus_msSvJSnu3a:disqus Great to hear that you made them already and loved them! Since these make a pretty big batch and it’s only 1/2 cup of canola oil, the actual amount per bar is very small. But, using coconut oil instead is a great idea both from a health and flavor perspective!