Now that it’s fall for real, I know that in internet land there is pumpkin pumpkin everywhere. However, you won’t want to miss out on these little treasures, because they are guaranteed to liven up even the most dreary of fall days. None of this mushy granola bar nonsense, no sir! This bar is thin and crisp and on pointé. The pumpkin isn’t too overpowering, and the oats hold up their end of the arrangement as well. No waterlogged bars here! (That is my least favorite thing with home-made bars. You hear “granola” and think “chewy, and slightly crisp, but not crunchy”, and then you make them and realize it’s not so much granola as a squidgy cereal bar. Sad times).
Unlike the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, this recipe is full of lovely pumpkin. From the seeds to the flesh, it doesn’t fail. Aside from being a beloved fall food, the pumpkin also boasts potassium and vitamin A!
My mom makes this really awesome pumpkin pudding, and I had made a few pans of it for an event over the weekend, but if there aren’t too many people around in the house, it can be difficult to finish it before it goes funny. So, I had been sitting on the idea of making pumpkin granola bars probably a little too long, because it was almost to the point where I thought I probably shouldn’t make them because they might not be what I had hoped them to be. However, I’m so glad that I didn’t give up on them. And really, what a great way to make the pudding portable!
I’ve made a separate blog post for my Happily Autumn Baked Pumpkin Pudding. It doesn’t take long to put together, but if you don’t want to make that, you can always just use some pumpkin butter or whatever else you prefer, but I found this was an excellent way to use up the leftovers and not have to worry about adding spices or the correct ratios, because that was already sorted out in the pudding!
I also wanted to share something that was really encouraging. I’ve been working diligently on new promotional items, and I have a new sample that I give out to clients at their first visit. It is a little bottle of Chlorophyll from Nature’s Sunshine, just as a little “welcome to the office” thing. A few clients have been really excited to receive it, and it was a big boost to know that people liked the things that I had been working on! It’s not a big thing, but really, it doesn’t take much to give encouragement.
I’m always so excited for people at their first visit, because they usually come with questions and things, and then it’s always lovely when you are able to give answers that are meaningful and to see how their demeanor has changed by the end of the visit. That is my favorite part! I love answering questions and getting to know people.
Lindsay’s Tip: When spreading out the granola mixture, use two sheets of parchment paper in the pan, and press the granola between them with your hands into the pan to them quite thin so that they will crisp up a little. You could also use a rolling-pin to do this with the parchment.
Mellow Pumpkin Pudding Granola Squares
Prep time: 10 min.
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 pan
- 1 1/2 C Rolled oats
- 1/8 C Crushed cacao nibs
- 3/4 C Roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 C Golden raisins
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp Flax seed meal
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum
- 3 tbsp Oat flour
- 1 1/4 C Pumpkin pudding
- Using a mortar and pestle, gently crush the cacao nibs into smaller pieces.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all the ingredients together, mixing thoroughly.
- On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the mixture very thinly.
- Bake on the middle rack of a preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the temperature to 250F and bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow the pan to cool and then cut the contents into squares and store in an airtight container for a few days, or in the freezer for longer periods.
Take care, and I hope that you are all having a really good start to your week!
The tree on our street is such a fall-time over-achiever. It’s leaves are just like autumn confetti! (Photo credit: L. Turnbull)
Latest posts by Lindsay (see all)
- The time I achieved my (vegan) butter tart goals! (Encouraging Recovery Update) - March 18, 2016
- The time I walked forever…in a blizzard…with a cane. (A story of overcoming and kind GO Transit riders) - March 4, 2016
- The time I wanted to quit the gym (Recovery Update and Encouraging Bunny update) - February 26, 2016