Homemade Pumpkin Granola Bars {Guest Post}

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Whole Foods on a Budget, telling some of my story about entering the “whole foods” (not the food store chain) lifestyle. It wasn’t a graceful (or entirely willing) transition…

At the same time, I’m pleased to welcome the talented Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts to Serendipity ScrapNook. I’m excited about this recipe because it’s a chance to make a recognizable snack safely gluten free (Be sure to start with GF ingredients to end up with a GF product.  In this recipe the only thing you need to be careful of is the oats. All other ingredients are naturally GF.)

My Name is Danielle and I blog at Mostly Food and Crafts I blog about cooking and crafting with and for my two kids. We love finding recipes and projects that we can do together. Today I am going to share a quick recipe that my kids really enjoyed.  The recipe is for Pumpkin Granola Bars, I chose to share this recipe because I wanted to show you how easy is can be to make healthy treats for your kids.  And not only are these healthier than the bars you find in the stores but they taste better too.  They are so easy to make and you can customize them to your or your kids taste preferences.  

 I participate in a fun group called the Secret Recipe Club – and this is how I discovered this tasty treat. My kids actually asked me to double the recipe next time I make them – I guess that’s better than a two thumbs up – right?  Enjoy!!


What you need:

2 1/4 cup oats
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of allspice
1/4 tsp of ground cloves
1/4 tsp of salt
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 cup of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
What you do:
Preheat oven to 350.
Spray 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray.

While the oven preheats, combine the oats, spices and salt together in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, pumpkin, honey and vanilla til smooth. Mix your wet and dry ingredients together until all of the oats are moist.

Evenly press the mixture in to the pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Let them cool before cutting them with a sharp knife.

(Click through for a “bonus” craft project from Danielle: Clay Pot Critters.)
I love cooking and you will mostly find recipes on my blog but I also craft.  Some of my favorite crafts are the ones I make with the kids.  Like these fun Clay Pot Critters, this is a great and inexpensive craft for the kids to do over the summer.
All you need for these cute critters are:

Some clay pots and a
foam (for the octopus)
pipe cleaners (for the spider)
Googly Eyes
Then you just paint and design your own fun Clay Pot Critters.
I would love for you stop by my blog and see all the other fun recipes and crafts I have and be sure to let me know you are visiting from the Ultimate Blog Swap!
And Thank You Amy for having me guest post over at Serendipity ScrapNook today.

Glad to have you, Danielle.

Visit Life Your Way to see all of the Ultimate Blog Swap participants!

4 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Granola Bars {Guest Post}

  1. Brooke says:

    This looks delicious.

  2. Mom Teena says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I made them and my guests love them. (So do I.)

  3. Becky says:

    I left a comment for you over on your guest post.

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