No-Bake Pumpkin Granola Bars + new favorite breakfast

by Chelcie on November 4, 2011

Happy Friday!

So BIG news, I may have discovered a new favorite breakfast this morning! don’t worry its contains oats:)

The Fitnessista’s Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal!

This kept me full FOREVERRR. like..5 hours! The Fitnessista blog is awesome, I will definitely be eating more of this!

And now onto the No-Bake Pumpkin Granola Bars!

 

I feel like no one really thinks of making homemade granola bars because they are so convenient to just buy. But homemade granola bars are A. better for you and B. SO much cheaper! I do love Larabar’s, but they are $1.19 each! College girl budget people..those will just not fly.

So as I was reading this blog, I was inspired to whip up these babies ( I believed this happened last week around 9:30 in the morning, when I should have been studying for my 5 bagillion exams ) But hey it actually only took 5 minutes! SO easy!

No-Bake Pumpkin Granola Bars!

Servings: Makes about 9 bars,

inspired by Sweetly Fit Blog recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup Protein Powder

1/4 cup Almond Butter (or any kind of nut butter)

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until fully incorporated. Line a 8 by 8 pan with plastic wrap, and pour mixture into the pan, spreading out evenly.

Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Cut into individual bars, and wrap bars separately in plastic wrap, or keep stored in an airtight container

So delicious! Pumpkin and dark chocolate is a great combination:)

And I calculated the nutrition stat’s on Livestrong.com just because I was curious and these were the results!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 bars
Amount per Serving
Calories 178
Calories from Fat 63.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 2.04g
10%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 23.11mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 23.27g
7%
Dietary Fiber 3.48g
13%
Sugars 8.43g
 
Protein 7.48g
14%

Not bad! I will be bringing one of these along with me to work later fo shooo

Hope everyone has a great day! I have a TON of studying to do this weekend, so if I’m a little MIA that is why:)

<3Chelcie