If you are trying to eat healthy and love to snack, here is one snack that won’t ruin your appetite for dinner and will also give you energy to keep working throughout the day. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars are great to pack in a lunch, a gym bag, to work or have as an afternoon snack before dinner. The cherries give these granola bars just what your sweet tooth has been craving.
If you are like me you might have thought that eating a Paleo diet was something foreign and strange. After reading the Super Paleo Snacks cookbook I now realize that eating Paleo is basically just eating healthy foods and replacing some of the baking staples you usually buy with more natural alternatives. White flour is replaced with almond or coconut flour. White sugar is replaced with coconut palm sugar. Vegetable oil is replaced with Coconut or Almond oil and so on.
Pumpkin Spice Granola Bar Recipe
This recipe yields about 16 to 18 large granola bars
Replacement Suggestion: Coconut oil tends to be really oily. Our first batch of these granola bars came out with a layer of oil on the bottom and they fell apart. I would suggest using less coconut oil or switching to almond oil and using the required amount.
- 2 cups raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup dried unsweetened cherries or blueberries, chopped in half
- 1/4 cup whole flaxseeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup coconut nectar or raw honey
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or almond oil)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
- large bowl
- large spoon or two
- small saucepan
- parchment paper
- baking sheet
1. Line a baking sheet or jelly-roll pan with parchment paper.
2. Preheat the oven to 275°.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the pepitas, coconut, dried cherries, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt.
4. Add pumpkin puree and stir until everything is mixed. All of these ingredients mix together easily.
5. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together the coconut nectar (or raw honey), coconut oil (or almond oil), vanilla extract and bring to a slight boil. We just kept whisking continuously until everything melted and the edges started to boil. It took about 3 minutes total.
6. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix together with a large spoon.
7. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
8. Press the mixture down firmly using a spoon or flat spatula to even it out and make the mixture about 1/2 inch thick.
9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the bars start to harden.
10. Remove pan from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Refrigerator for an hour or so before cutting into bars. Store the bars in the refrigerator. Instead of cutting into long bars, cut into small pieces and store in a container for a quick bite-size snack anytime.
About the Super Paleo Snacks Cookbook
With more than 100 recipes using Paleo superfoods like coconut, avocado, sweet potatoes, and almond, you will be on your way to amazing health benefits including reduced incidence of diabetes, autoimmune illnesses, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. The instructions are easy to follow and there are colors photos for most of the recipes and the best part is most of them take less than 15 minutes to prepare. Try every easy Paleo-approved recipe for enjoyable bites, treats, and munchies. You’ll always have something healthy, natural, and delicious for snacking!
The Super Paleo Snacks cookbook includes some of the most interesting and unique recipes imaginable, including:
- Cauliflower Pizza Bites
- Apple Pie Trail Mix Balls
- Sundried Tomato Chicken Sliders
- Chocolate Chia Workout Bars
- Sweet Potato Power Brownies
- Zesty Walnut Brussels Sprouts
About the Author: Landria Voigt, C.H.H.C., is the Nutritional Consultant and Public Speaker for the renowned and nationally recognized Dr. Taz at The Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also author of the popular family and nutritional blog www.stiritup.me where she shares her healthy recipes aimed at pleasing even the most finicky of palates, as well as forward-thinking ideas about nutrition.
This recipe is from the cookbook, Super Paleo, Super Healthy Snacks, by Landria Voigt, C.H.H.C. and used by permission.