Monday, August 31, 2009

Pumpkin Ginger Granola Bars

Today is officially my last day of summer. Work for the teachers starts tomorrow and school starts next week. Time to end the fun and get down to business. In all seriousness, I'm really looking forward to starting work, and have been really looking forward to the fall days and flavors up ahead.

One of the best things about eating seasonally is that craving for the different foods that become fresh as the seasons change. Personally, I miss those days when everyone's blogs were filled with pumpkin: stuffed pumpkin, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins, etc. Well I didn't want to wait anymore. I decided that a good back to school snack for me would be some Pumpkin Ginger Granola Bars.

These are high enough in protein that I could call them a protein bar if I wanted to. The macros rival Clif bars, but with much less sugar. These guys also have some healthy fat, fiber, and whole grain to keep you going, whether it be through a school day, or whatever else you've got planned this coming September.

Pumpkin Ginger Granola Bars
1 1/4 cup oats
1 1/4 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (agave can also be used)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup crystalized ginger, chopped

Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish.

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet in another. Mix wet and dry together until everything is coated.

Spread into prepared baking dish. I used a 11x13 dish, but I only pushed the mixture into about 3/4 of it. It worked fine, the TVP makes these hold up really well. You could use a smaller baking dish, but they would be thicker, and you might want to cook them longer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool completely and cut into whatever size you like. I made 10 granola bar-sized bars, but it could easily make 20 granola bar squares if you are looking for a less substantial after-school snack.

Serves 10
Nutrition Information: 218.3 Calories; 5.5g Total Fat; 0.6g Saturated Fat; 0.0mg Cholesterol; 31.8g Carbohydrates; 5.1g Fiber; 10.3g Protein

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  1. that's great you found a teaching job near your new home. i seem to be the only one not looking forward to fall! don't want summer to end.

  2. Yay, pumpkin all year round I say!! :)

  3. that is such a great idea to put tvp in your bars!!! did it affect the taste at all? love the pumpkin ginger combination! good luck with teaching!

  4. GREAT snack!! I love that there is pumpkin puree in the bars, that's so neat. I have read so many blogs where pumpkin puree is a staple, so I'm going to have to buy some, that and pumpkin butter! I love fall :)

    Have a great first day of school!

  5. What a great idea, I might have to make a batch of these to bring to uni!

  6. Those sound SO GOOD!

  7. * looks around one's watching...


    * steals as many pumpkin ginger granola bars she can from Gina.


  8. I am content to eat pumpkin year-round as well! You must have been thinking of my tastebuds too when you put up this recipe... It's going in my bookmarks right now!

  9. These look like they might be a great alternative to the stuff I'm buying at the store. I'll make a note of the recipe and try it out. Thanks for sharing!



  10. I was so excited to see pumpkin spice lattes advertised at Starbucks the other day. I wasn't quite ready for a warm drink yet, but I'm so glad pumpkin time is upon us!

    Those granola bars sound delicious!

  11. these look fabulous! any kind of baked good with oats has my vote IMMEDIATELY

  12. is the TVP in this recipe rehydrated?

  13. Hey Tracy :) No the TVP is not rehydrated for this recipe. Mixed in just like the oats.

  14. Thats good recipe, i like it. As a doctor i advice to be vegans.

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