It’s fall in a bar! Filled with maple syrup, pumpkin spice mix, pepitas, almonds and cranberries this No Bake Pumpkin Spice Granola Bar Recipe will make you leave the store bought granola bar days behind!
So you may or may not have noticed that I didn’t post last week Friday.
I just got back from Chicago, my brother and his wife had their first baby, my parents came in town and things were just crazy to say the least. I barely had time to make food, more less photograph it and then write about it.
I went to Bible Study Thursday morning carrying the weight and stress of everything that had been piling up on me … the travel, the work, the anxiety. As I listened to the study I could even feel myself getting tense just thinking about my “to do” list. The funny thing is, I had just written about letting go of our to do list last week … ahem…. apparently I didn’t take my own advice!!
I have a Type A personality, normally I put the pressure on myself to get things done, even if they don’t necessarily have to be done. As bible study was winding down we ended our time sitting in silence and asking the Lord if he had anything to say to us specifically. Want to know what I heard?
Give yourself some grace. Rest. Don’t worry about the post.
It was exactly what I needed to hear. It was hard to do because I am a task person. I want to put a check mark in my box to mark that my post was done for the day. But the anxiety I was getting from trying to find a time in the day to do it was not worth it. Things can wait. Recipes can wait. I realized I needed to put myself first, slow down and just rest!! So that is why … no recipe.
That got me to thinking of other things I have in my life that I put pressure on myself to do but are not necessarily important. Things that I can say “no” to and by doing so will make life more manageable and less stressful. Can you guys relate?
Especially as the holidays start to creep up on us. I really want to be conscious of what things I say “no” to and what things I say “yes” to … parties, serving opportunities, blog posts, etc.
On the topic of saying yes to things or no to things. You need to YES to these No Bake Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars! Can I get an AMEN!
This recipe came about because with all my travel I have been in need of a quick grab and go breakfast or snack! Lately I have really be into eating homemade granola bars in the morning. They are easy to make and I usually sneak some peanut butter in for some extra quick protein plus the PB helps hold everything together.
What I love the most about this No Bake Pumpkin Spice Granola Bar Recipe is the pops of color all throughout the bar. It kinda reminds me of fall leaves with the orange, maroon, green, and brown … everything about it just screams fall! These bars are basically made in one bowl, and put together in less than 5 minutes!
Ya’ll … Not only do they look absolutely gorgeous but they taste amazing, AND they fill you up! A little bit of peanut butter, maple syrup, loads of nuts, and dried fruits … delish!
After I picked my parents up from the airport my dad literally downed almost the entire batch of these in less than 24 hours! They are insanely good! Definitely a winner!
Cannot wait to hear what you think. Bon Appetite my friends and Happy Monday!!
- 1½ cup regular oats
- 1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup ground flax seed
- ⅓ cup pepitas
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- 10 dried apricots, finely sliced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Make sure to leave enough paper along the edges so you can pull the granola bars out after they set.
- In a large bowl add oats, almonds, ground flax seed, pepitas, dried cranberries, dried apricots, sea salt, and pumpkin spice. Mix ingredients with a wooden spoon.
- In a small microwave safe bowl add peanut butter and maple syrup. Microwave until the mixture is smooth and somewhat runny, about 1- 1½ minutes.
- Add peanut butter mixture to dry ingredients. Mix everything together until everything is completely coated. Place mixture in parchment paper lined baking dish.
- Put granola bars in refrigerator for 1 hours to solidify. Cut and serve!
IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE, BE SURE TO SNAP A PIC AND HASHTAG IT #JOYFULHEALTHYEATS. I LOVE SEEING WHAT YOU MAKE!