This gluten-free pumpkin granola bars recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam inspires others with her passion for creating healthy and delicious recipes on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
I love these gluten-free pumpkin granola bars as a grab-and-go breakfast or healthy fall snack. This recipe has real pumpkin flavor, accentuated by warm spices to delight your senses.
Have you made your own granola bars before? They are extremely easy to make and much better for you than store-bought varieties, as you can alter the recipe to suit your needs and make them healthier. All of the ingredients can be combined in one step using one bowl, for less cleanup. Then all you need to do is transfer the mixture to a pan, before letting the comforting pumpkin aroma fill your kitchen as they bake.
The gluten-free rolled oats supply a good amount of fiber, protein and iron to keep you satiated and energized throughout your mornings. The addition of creamy cashew butter and crunchy pumpkin seeds lend a delicious nutty flavor, while providing extra protein and healthy fats.
I often incorporate chia seeds into baked goods to provide heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which help control excessive inflammation in the body. Chia seeds are also chock-full of dietary fiber so adding a little goes a long way to support a healthy digestive system.
Dark chocolate chips complement the pumpkin flavor perfectly in these chewy granola bars. The bursts of rich chocolate flavor throughout is delicious, although substituting them for chopped dried fruit would also be a nice touch. These granola bars are truly versatile so feel free to experiment with different ingredients. For a vegan treat, you can substitute the honey for maple syrup, and the chocolate chips for dried fruit.
I plan to double the recipe next time I make it and freeze half of the batch to enjoy later. By individually wrapping these bars, they will keep in the freezer for up to three months. I do this with most of my bar recipes so I’ll have a snack ready to give to my kids when they come home from school. They love having their granola treats with a glass of milk.
I hope you get to make these gluten-free pumpkin granola bars. You’ll be delightfully surprised by how easy and delicious they are. Enjoy!
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.