chewy pumpkin spice granola bars

October 11, 2011

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It’s been three days.

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I swear, that was the hardest three days of my life. Okay, I lied. The hardest three days of my life was probably something other than not posting a pumpkin recipe for a short amount of time. #dramaqueen

On Sunday, when we were driving downtown to watch the Chicago Marathon, I couldn’t help but notice my friend whip out her pumpkin spice granola bar. I have to be honest with you, I was a little bit jealous. And when I say a little bit, I mean I was jealous in a bad way. Jealous like “I want your new Ugg boots the first snow of the season” jealous. Yeah, it was bad.

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So we had this conversation about how those granola bars are wheat free, but oats can be contaminated with gluten, blah blah blah. Long story short, I couldn’t eat the granola bar. Nor can I find one on the market that appeals to my taste buds, which was causing a problem for me.

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Almost instantly, I began thinking of a recipe that could compare to her granola bar. I wanted a bar that was chewy and flavorful with different textures throughout. We’ve got a winner, folks!

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Now the only problem I am having is keeping myself away from the pan that I baked these in. Although, I’m not quite sure that’s such a problem — mainly because they’re not in the pan anymore. I guess I should have said the only problem I am having is keeping myself away from the bag I put these in after I took them out of the pan. Much better.

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I no longer have any reason to be jealous of granola bars.

Go make these. Now.

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