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.
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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