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Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Granola Bars

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 28 minutes 
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x


These soft and chewy pumpkin granola bars essentially take all the best flavors of fall and wrap them into a healthy, snack-sized package. Read more now.


  • 2 cups rolled oats 
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed meal 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup sweet sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg, beaten 
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease an 11-by-9-inch baking dish with coconut oil or spray, and set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, ground flax, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, flours, xanthan gum, and sunflower seeds. Set aside. 
  3. In another mixing bowl, stir together pumpkin, egg, molasses, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil. 
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well-combined. 
  5. Spread mixture into the baking dish, using a rubber spatula to spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and lightly press them down. 
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned and the edges start to pull away from the sides. 
  7. Cool for 5 minutes and then cut into bars. Remove from pan and let cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.


Note: If you’re not concerned about keeping this recipe gluten free, you can use 1 cup of all-purpose flour in place of the sorghum flour, potato flour, and xanthan gum. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Category: Granola Bar
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: pumpkin, pumpkin seed, granola bar