Frugal Snack: Homemade Chewy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

Pumpkin Seed Homemade granola bars
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Hands-down fresh granola bars are a wicked-cool, yummy fall treat… and a great way to use up extra pumpkin seeds.  After whipping up this super easy recipe, you can store the bars in an air-tight container for 1 week.

Homemade Chewy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

Chewy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup raw almond slices (can substitute peanuts, cashews, or pecans, or a mix of nuts)
1-1.5 Tbsp olive or canola oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
Non-stick cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Process 2 cups rolled oats in blender or food processor until they become flour-like. Mix “oat flour” with dry ingredients (except coconut) in a bowl.

Add all wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir until well combined.

Spray a 5×12 baking dish (or similar size) with non-stick cooking spray. Add mixture to the dish. Press it down until you have a flat layer.

Optional: Sprinkle coconut on top.

With a knife, cut the whole sheet into 12 bars.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let cool, cut again, and enjoy!

Makes aprox. 10-12 servings.

Homemade Chewy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

Homemade Chewy Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raw almond slices (can substitute peanuts, cashews, or pecans, or a mix of nuts)
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp olive or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Process 2 cups rolled oats in blender or food processor until they become flour-like. Mix “oat flour” with dry ingredients (except coconut) in a bowl.
  3. Add all wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir until well combined.
  4. Spray a 5×12 baking dish (or similar size) with non-stick cooking spray. Add mixture to the dish. Press it down until you have a flat layer.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle coconut on top.
  6. With a knife, cut the whole sheet into 12 bars.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let cool, cut again, and enjoy!
  8. Makes aprox. 10-12 servings.
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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • trishden
    • January 8, 2011
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    Thanks for this recipe. We eat granola bars quite often and it would be great to make them without additives and preservatives. These sound delicious.

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