Pumpkin Week: Day 6!

I heart granola! Bobby will tell you it’s my favorite meal on the planet. As I write, the oven is loaded with two baking sheets brimming with granola to keep us churning through the week. The house smells like granola palace. It’s a marvelous, tasty, healthy, versatile, portable snack. What’s not to love? Especially when you can add a chewy, pumpkin pizazz, cut into hearts, and dress it in white chocolate lace.


Ironically, I seem to have misplaced my beloved scribbled recipe. Just kidding. I found it, and it’s down below all these other great suggestions right here.

Then, of course, I realized there is no science to this magic. I found a few great recipes online, took my favorite combination of fixin’s and puzzled it into my own cookie cutter. You can do the same. Here are a few beautiful recipes to choose from, followed by an intro to white chocolate drizzle:

I used sunflower seeds and dried cranberries in my recipe. You can wrap up the bars individually in foil or parchment paper to grab on the go or pack for lunch. Note: If using a recipe that calls for eggs, replace each egg with 1/4 cup pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin, Cranberry and White Chocolate Granola Bars

If using your favorite cookie cutter, add all the in-between scraps to your breakfast bowl!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 hearts, 28 bars 1x


  • 2 cups rolled oats, blended into flour
  • 3 cups rolled oats, whole
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a baking dish, at least 1 inch deep.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and spices.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and liquids.
  5. Mix the liquids with the dry ingredients.
  6. Add the cranberries and sunflower seeds, and mix again.
  7. Pack the granola bar batter into the baking dish, pressing it down firmly with the back of a spatula.
  8. Bake the granola bars for about 25 minutes, or until the surface begins to brown.
  9. Allow the bars to cool completely.
  10. When cool, cut into squares or your favorite shapes, and proceed to decorating your granola bars with a white chocolate lace finish (or not!).

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