Baked Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

Serves 8 bars     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper for easy removal later.
  2. Place pecans and walnuts in a food processor and pulse to break down into small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, use a spatula to mix together the pulsed pecans and walnuts with coconut, cashew butter, maple syrup, pumpkin, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and egg. Once combined, fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Press batter into baking dish and spread evenly throughout. Place in oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, until the middle is cooked through and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
  5. Melt the remaining mini chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler then use a spoon to scoop the chocolate and wave the spoon back and forth to spread the chocolate on top of the bars. Slice into 8 bars. Store in refrigerator.

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