Recipe: Easy Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

By Deanna Harris
Deanna Harris
Deanna Harris
October 21, 2015 Updated: October 30, 2015

No-bake granola bars are the perfect make-ahead, easy, snack recipe that can be kept in the fridge for snack any time of the week. They take 15 minutes to make and are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to keep energy levels high and prevent afternoon sugar cravings.

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa flakes
1/4 cup pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup medjool dates (about 12)
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons molasses

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F. Spread your pumpkin seeds and oats on a large baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes (or use pre-roasted pumpkin seeds for a truly no-bake recipe). Be careful: they can burn quickly. 

In a large mixing bowl combine quinoa flakes, pecans, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Add toasted pumpkin seeds and oats to the bowl.

In a food processor pulse the dates until they form a stiff paste and come together in a dough ball. Add the dates to the mixing bowl along with the maple syrup and molasses.

Mix everything together with your handtrust me, it’s the only way.

Once everything is combined press the granola bar dough into a parchment lined 8 inch x9 inch pan. Give it a really good press with the back of your hand or the bottom of a cup.

Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set, then cut and store in an air tight container in the fridge. Can last up to two weeks in the fridge.

Deanna Harris is a holistic nutritionist. This article was originally published on NaturallySavvy.com