Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars


I saw these granola bars yesterday at Evolving Mommy and went out and made them that very day.  It involved a trip to Sprouts, and when I go in there I always think things like "from now on I'm only buying organic everything and getting my flour out of bulk bins and where the hell are my birkenstocks?"  Then I leave and return to my normal carbon footprinting self.  (I know I'm not making sense, it's probably due to the build up of pesticides in my bloodstream)

Anyway, these granola bars...they're quick and easy, very yummy and crunchy.  They made the house smell wonderful, for a little while anyway.



Here's Catherine's recipe:

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup puffed wheat
2 cups oats

Heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish in aluminum foil and then lightly butter or grease the foil.

In a large sauce pan or wok heat coconut oil, honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg over medium heat until mixture is thin and watery. Add pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, puffed wheat and oats to the pan. Stir thoroughly to ensure that all the seeds and grains are covered in the honey mixture.

Pour the granola into the baking dish. Using a spatula or wet hands press the mixture into the pan. The mixture should be packed down and pressed evenly.

Bake the granola for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting into bars. To cut into bars remove the whole sheet of granola from the pan using the aluminum foil and then cut the granola into your desired sizes.
 up close and personal

 
A word about the coconut oil: I'm not sure I would have really missed it if I hadn't put it in there, at just a  tablespoon.  If you're like me, that's not something you ordinarily have just sitting around.  But, I did use it when combing my daughter's hair last night and it took care of those gnarly tangles like nobody's business.

28 comments:

Val said...

This look and sound incredible.

Bridgett said...

Ohh, good stuff. These would go pretty quickly in my house!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I don't have coconut oil, so I would probably use something else.

They sound really good!

Erica said...

So fun! I make homemade granola bars nearly every week. I'm excited to try this different & fun recipe!!

Pam said...

"where the hell are my birkenstocks?" Love it!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I'm glad you liked them! I have kind of gone on a coconut oil kick lately. I guess it is a way for me to use something other than olive oil or butter in everything I make, but you are right coconut oil is not required another oil could be substituted in it's place. Thanks for sharing with your readers!

Brenda said...

I bought some coconut oil a few weeks ago and haven't done a darn thing with it yet, lol. I'm thrilled to see these call for it (although I realize I can use it for cooking, etc.). I've also never made granola bars before. These sound seriously delicious. And easy!

Kim said...

I can see why this recipe made you run to the store on the same day. It's just one of those fun and unique recipes that sounds and looks delicious. Love it!
I've been wanting to buy some coconut oil for awhile now. I'd love to use it for cooking but I also want to use it for homemade beauty products. My favorite idea is to mix it with sugar and make a homemade sugar scrub. Glad to know it works at getting tangles out. (My daughter's hair is a nightmare)

Julie said...

I'll have to try that sugar scrub idea myself!

elra said...

This is so much better then the one you get from the store. Thanks for the recipe Julia.

Ingrid said...

LOL, every so often I think the same and then reality sinks in.

The bars look good despite being healthy! :)
~ingrid

teresa said...

i just love this. what a perfect blend of flavors, and so healthy!

UrMomCooks said...

Awesome use of pumpkin flavors in a guilt-free snack! I need to make these!

theUngourmet said...

I must have quite a lot of pesticides in my bloodstream as well because this all made perfect sense to me. :) I love homemade granola bars. I can see why you wanted to make them right away. Yum!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Oh my goodness - thanks for the chuckle with your ole carbon foot self! LMBO. The bars look great!

Thanks for the tip on the tangle thing. Believe it or not, even my old hair STILL tangles like a baby's hair!! So frustrating.

girlichef said...

YUM! I love homemade granola bars and the pumpkin spice version sounds fandamtastic! Bookmarking... :D

Pierce said...

Wow, I would rather eat those homemade beauties anyday over the premade stuff at the grocery store. Nice. Healthy. Perfect!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh drool.

Monet said...

These do sound yummy! And I go through the same thought process when I visit my health foods store. I need to ALWAYS buy in bulk. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow!

Brownieville Girl said...

I know exactly what you mean - I always come over all new age hippie when I'm in the health food shop - it usually lasts until I reach the coffee shop!!!!

Eliana said...

I may have to go ut and make these today as they look outstanding.

Tiffanee said...

These sound amazing. I love pumpkin spice. I have been wanting to make my own granola bars. Bookmarking this for sure!! Thanks!

Velva said...

The granola bars look amazing. I smiled at your post. I am just like you. One week, I am completely going organic the next I am eating of a fast food bag. I think it's all about balance and just enjoying food.

Reeni said...

I have been craving granola all day long - it's weird cause it's not something I usually eat! I bet these bars would cure my craving real fast!

Pam said...

I wish I had one of these for breakfast.

5 Star Foodie said...

Scrumptious bars, I like all the spices and the pumpkin seeds in them, yum!

Monica H said...

ha ha ha! Youjust made me wonder about my Birkenstocks. I haven't worn them since high school :-)

They look so good. I'd love to have these for breakfast.

grace said...

we're sharing the pumpkin love, julie, but you've gone a decidedly more healthy route. :)