>> Thursday, November 18, 2010
I roasted a pumpkin for the first time ever last weekend. It was easy, but time consuming, and frankly not much cheaper than buying canned pumpkin*. Honestly, unless I find a stellar deal on pumpkins in the future, I'll probably stick to using canned pumpkin.
After roasting my pumpkin, I pureed the cooked pumpkin and used it to make pumpkin muffins and these yummy granola bars from Meal Makeover Moms. I tweaked the recipe to suit my tastes, but it remains true to the original recipe. One nice thing about this granola bar - the fat is fully replaced with pumpkin! I am not opposed to fat in the granola bars I give to my kids (as long as it isn't partially hydrogenated), but I love the fact that they're getting an extra dose of super-nutritious pumpkin when they have one of these bars.
These bars are good - full of pumpkin, but they don't have an over-the-top pumpkin taste, which means that even a non-pumpkin fan like myself will find these enjoyable. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
adapted from Meal Makeover Moms
3 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 TBSP flax meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree *
1/4 cup honey (a little less is fine too)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 7"x11" baking pan (I used a Pyrex pan) with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk oats, spices, flax meal, and salt together. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the brown sugar through vanilla extract together until smooth. Pour over oats mixture and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Evenly press oat mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Cut into bars with a sharp knife.
Makes about 15 small bars.
Want some more pumpkin recipes? Meal Makeover Moms has lots of great tips and recipes for using pumpkin puree!
*Many thanks to Elana for reminding me that pure pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling sit on the grocery store shelf next to each other and look almost exactly alike! When buying canned pureed pumpkin make sure that the ONLY ingredient is pumpkin!