Guest Post by A little bit of everything: Granola Pumpkin Bars

by Charlie Rioux on October 17, 2011

I created my blog in the summer of 2010. In September 2010, I started college. In October 2010, I had my first exams in college. There were no blog posts. The same happened for the finals in December. And for the midterms and finals in the winter. I wanted to post something, but let’s face it: I didn’t have time to cook a real meal, much less to take pictures and write a blog post.

So this year, instead of hoping I could write a blog post of my own, I decided to feature a guest post on the week I have my exams.

Today, Roxana from A little bit of everything is sharing a delicious-looking granola bar recipe. I’ve enjoyed reading her blog for a while now and made a couple of her recipes this summer… Let me tell you: they are as good as they look!

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Last month while I was visiting my family back in Romania I got together with some friends from high school. It was such a wonderful night full of laugher, sweet memories and delicious meals. We could not believe there have been more than 10 years since we finished high school and everyone went on different paths. Some of them I met in college again, but just a couple. Some I met years later. Some I still haven’t met since out last high school day.

When high school ends some of the best days begin some may say. Collage years were so much fun I have to agree. Moving out of my parents’ house . New roommates. Chit-chatting with friends until dawn. Weekend getaways. Loved every second of it. Well, at least until mid-term exams come knocking at the door. Those were the not so livin’ la vita loca days.

Those days all we wanted and needed was lots of coffee, grab and go snacks and tons of luck.

While Charlie’s having her mid-term exams (best of luck my friend) I’m supposed to share a vegetarian dish with you. At first I had my mind set on an easy dinner idea each student can put together in less than 30 minutes but after seeing these pumpkin bars,  I immediately changed my mind and took the oats out of the cupboard.

Energy bars and a big cup of coffee is on every student mind this time of the year.

To make these granola bars is very simple and it doesn’t require sophisticated and expensive kitchen gadgets. All you need are a big bowl, measuring cups, a wooden spoon or a spatula and an 11X7 baking pan.

Start by preheating the oven and greasing your baking pan.

Measure your dry ingredients. Rolled oats. Walnuts pieces. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin pie spices. Mix them all in a bowl and set aside.

Time for the wet ingredients. Canned pumpkin. Applesauce. Maple syrup.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Spread mixture evenly into the baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes until golden. Let cool slightly and cut into bars using a sharp knife (mine is pretty dull but let’s not get into details)

Granola Pumpkin Bars

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup walnut pieces

  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spices

  • Pinch of salt

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin

  • ½ cup applesauce

  • ½ cup maple syrup

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 11X7 baking pan .

In a medium bowl measure 3 cups oats. Add 1 cup walnut pieces, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spices and a pinch of salt. Mix them all.

Now measure the wet ingredients. ½ cup canned pumpkin, ½ cup applesauce and ½ cup maple syrup. Add them to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Spread mixture evenly into the baking pan. Bake in preheated oven approximately 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and cut into bars using a sharp knife.

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Roxana GreenGirl October 17, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Hi Charlie,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to guest post for you while you’re having your mid terms. And thank you for the wonderful words you said about me, made me blush :)
Have a wonderful day and good luck with your exams

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Liz October 17, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Good luck with your exams, Charlie! Nice to find your blog via Roxana :)

Wow, these look fabulous…what beautiful granola bars…full of delicious autumn flavors! Thanks for sharing, Roxana~

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Carolyn October 17, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Roxana is consistently one of my favourite bloggers, as are you. I just love it when two of my fave blogs come together! Delicious bars, Roxana and good luck on exams, Charlie!

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Elies_Lie October 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Hi charlie… nice to meet u, I know ur blog from roxana blog @ a little bit of everything :)
Loves the pic and all the ingredients :)
I do loves granola, but the truth this is the first time I “see/ know” a pumpkin granola bar! Tq for sharing the recipe roxana and tq for tharing the post charlie! ;)

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Kimberly @ Badger Girl Learns to Cook October 17, 2011 at 3:03 PM

First, great idea to guest post during your exams. Good luck on them!!
Second, love the guest post. I have been looking for some recipes for energy bars and these fit the bill. Thanks!!

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Christine October 18, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Good luck with your exams, Charlie! Great guest post.

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Suzanne October 18, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Hi Charlie, oh I don’t envy you I remember those days of sleep deprivation and studying like crazy. Good luck to you, glad to meet you through Roxana :)

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Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen October 19, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Great guest post, we love Roxana and her recipes! These vegan pumpkin granola bars are no doubt as delicious as they look in the pictures.

Best of luck with your exams, Charlie!

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Mac Fryer November 30, 2011 at 5:59 PM

These look really good. I’ve had the ones Kashi makes like these. I am going to try and make some myself. I have never made granola before, but it looks easy enough.

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