gingerbread chocolate chunk granola bars

I love making my own granola bars. When I make a batch, and wrap them up individually I am usually pretty darn proud of myself. I am proud for a few reasons; one because I know exactly what is in them, Jacob is constantly asking for granola bars, and because I just saved a few dollars. These are so easy to make and Jacob loves to help, which makes him love them even more.

Makes 9 bars


  • 2 cups gluten free quick cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup canned (or fresh pureed) pumpkin
  • ¼ cup agave or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chips/chunks (I like Enjoy Life brand)
  • 2 tbsp. organic blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch allspice
  • coconut oil for greasing pan


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 8 or 9-inch square pan with coconut oil
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and spread onto greased pan, smoothing out using the back of a spoon to spread the mixture evenly
  3. Cook for approximately 12-15 minutes, let cool, then slice into bars
  4. Wrap bars individually in foil or wax paper and keep fresh in the fridge

I’d love to live in a world where green juice is on every menu, going barefoot is totally normal, and homes downsize instead of up-size. Plant-based cook and aspiring minimalist, my un-fussy food and minimalist musings have been featured on Mind Body Green, Kris Carr, Happy Herbivore, and The Local Beet Chicago, to name a few. When I’m not simplifying busy people’s plates and getting more fresh whole foods into busy folks, you can find me devouring books on food and culture, trying not to fall over doing downward dogs, then finishing my day off with a big glass of organic red wine and a hunk of dark chocolate. I show stressed-out folks how to re-connect with food and un-fuss everything about their cooking + home, so they can enjoy a more experience-rich life.

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4 comments on “gingerbread chocolate chunk granola bars
  1. Looks delicious! Hsve you tried adding protein powder? I find if I have just carbs they don’t have staying power.

  2. Yup, I have added chocolate or vanilla flavored protein and its delicious!

  3. kelly says:

    These look great and easy! Putting them on my to try list! :-)

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