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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Hip2Save

If you’re looking for a great portable snack this Fall, try adding pumpkin and chocolate chips to a batch of homemade granola bars. They are so yummy, very easy to make, and most importantly – kid approved (great for lunch boxes and for after school snacks). I even added some ground flaxseed for additional fiber.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup ground Flaxseed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips

How to make pumpkin granola bars Hip2Save
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together oats and flaxseed and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix honey, pumpkin, coconut oil, brown sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Add wet ingredients to the oatmeal and stir. Add in chocolate chips.  Press the mixture into the pan and flatten it really well with a spatula. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and press down with a spatula again. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until brown. Let cool for at least 2 hours before cutting. Makes about 18-20 bars. I like to cut them and store in a Tupperware container with parchment paper to keep the bars separated.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 55

  1. Mini

    Thanks Lina for another beautiful and well thought out recipe. Please continue to keep posting more of all that you have to offer

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for reading Mini! 🙂

  2. JA

    Okay, so I love these and I haven’t even made them yet! I saw Quaker pumpkin spice oatmeal at Target today, and didn’t buy it because it didn’t actually contain pumpkin. This is perfect!

  3. Tonya


  4. Amy

    Looks delish! I’m making it tonight with my kids!

  5. Rachel

    Out of context but if anyone has a free shutterfly mug code to share I’d really appreciate it. Want to make some grandparents gifts with pics of our new baby. Thank you! My email is jcserver9@gmail.com

    • Jessica

      Forwarding you mine.

      • Rachel

        Thank you so much!

        • Jessica

          You are very welcome!

    • Dianne

      Just emailed you another one 🙂

  6. Amy

    Could any other oil be used in place of the coconut oil? My 4 year old has nut allergies so I try to avoid coconut, too.

    • Amy

      I have seen many recipes substitue applesauce for the oil – else try plain canola oil

    • Hui

      My daughter is allergy to peanut and tree nuts too, but she is able to eat coconut oil with no problem.

    • Stacey

      Coconut is not a nut in the allergy world, it is actually considered a fruit. You can confirm that with a pediatric allergist. I’m a mom to a 6.5 year old with anaphylaxis to milk, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts. Coconut is used as an alternative for many nut allergy kiddos.

  7. Amy

    What size pan? Brownie 8×8 size or 9×13?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I used a larger size and just ended the bars at how thick I wanted like in the first photo.

  8. Melissa

    Looks tasty! BTW, do you have the nutritional data on these?

    • Scarlett Seals

      I would like to know this also. Did you get an answer?

  9. Stacey

    We have to make all of our own granola bars because of food allergies. I will definitely be adding this to the recipe book! LOVE!

  10. Rowen

    Perfect use for the $.79 flax seed we just had a post about 😉

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! I grabbed that deal too! Love it.

  11. Jodi

    My daughter has peanut allergies, so we avoid grocery store granola bars! These look wonderful. I might substitute roasted pumpkin seeds for some of the oats to add a bit more protein, since DD is also a vegetarian and it’s a struggle to get her enough protein.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome idea! I was thinking of adding sunflower seeds next time too.

    • Amber

      Jodi – wasn’t sure if you had purchased a Beyond Meat product yet – they have a “beefy crumble” and even chicken strips that are 100% plant protein. (The pack is found in the freezer section). I made this vegan shepherd’s pie recipe this evening with the beef crumble and you couldn’t tell the difference! http://www.everydayhealth.com/reciperehab/chef-vikki-vegan-shepherds-pie.aspx

  12. eyez

    off subject but anyone in the downtown chicago area, there are 2 new red robin burger works that opened. check the red eye paper for a bogo burger coupon. expires Oct 7th it’s right inside the first page

  13. Natalie

    Hi Lina, thanks for sharing! Looks great. I have two questions though:
    How long can u store them? Does anyone knows the price per bar? Thanks!

  14. Brigit

    Anyone know…do these make chewy or crunchy granola? Just curious.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I would say a little more on the chewy side, but not like the no bake kind. You want them to set up and slightly brown. Thanks!

  15. Liesl Arnell

    I would like to know if they are crunchy or soft as well. With the baking, it looks like they will be crunchy. Thanks!

  16. Becky

    Can you replace the brown sugar with something? Maybe dates or maple syrup?

    • mel

      I use coconut palm sugar as a brown sugar replacement.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think you could definitely experiment with that. I have not yet. Thanks

    • Dianne

      I was wondering the same thing a substitute for the sugar and the honey. I would like to use Stevia and because there is liquid to deal with the honey, would applesauce work instead of that? I do use the coconut oil so that is not an issue, I just wanted to cut down on the sugar some.

  17. Debbie

    YaY! What fun! Thanks!

  18. Kelsey

    Hi Lina! How long does a batch stay good for? I really want to make these but I would be baking for just myself? Could you freeze them and eat them later on? Thanks 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I would say a week in an airtight container? They are usually gone quicker in my house but you could maybe freeze half in an airtight container using parchment paper to separate. Also I think you could cut recipe in half for one person 🙂 thanks!

  19. Mary

    Hi Lina—this recipe looks great!

    Do you have any kid-friendly crock pot recipes? I’m trying to get more organized and have dinner ready when I get home from work. Or if anyone has a good recipe website to share, I’d appreciate it:)

    • angelalewis577

      Allrecipes.com they have EVERYTHING. Look for their collections. There is a crockpot one. Read the reviews for good tips.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’ve separated all our slow cooker recipes if you scroll down on this page. My kids love the bbq chicken, creamy italian chicken, sausage corn chowder, and honey sesame chicken.


  20. Lin

    Thanks Lina! These look so yummy. My son is allergic to peanuts so we always pass on granola bars. This is a great way to let him have a safe version 🙂

  21. Ashley

    Where is . 79 flaxseed?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Walgreens. There is a 5$ coupon on their coupon booklet

  22. Ashley

    Nice thank u

  23. Amanda Johnson

    Made these tonight! So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Lindsey

    Seriously LOVE this cooking series. All of you ladies at Hip2save are awesome, keep up the hard work.

  25. Betsy

    Lina, for someone who has never used coconut oil… Is it white? And would you use refined or unrefined?

  26. Ashley

    Can I ask which coupon booklet at walgreens it is and what looks like? And if you have a pic of the flaxseed ? I couldn’t find it?

  27. Ashley

    Thank you!!

  28. Erin

    This will be my second time using coconut oil. In the other recipe (cookies), it said to melt the coconut oil and then let it cool to room temperature before incorporating it into the recipe. Is this what you did for these granola bars, or did you just use the coconut oil as is straight out of the jar? Not sure if melting and cooling to room temperature was standard procedure or not. Thanks so much! 🙂

  29. Dianne

    Coconut oil is liquid at +72 degrees and solid under. If you want to incorporate it you need to get it to above that temperature to soften it or liquefy it.

  30. Emily

    Have you tried making these in mini muffin tins?

  31. Lisa

    Has anyone tried subbing out the brown sugar for something? Wondering about using more pumpkin instead…

  32. Heather

    Can you omit the flaxseed? I have no clue where to find it!

    • Sheila

      Heather, I just made them without the flaxseed (and about 3 other substitutions)… they don’t hold together super well without the flax, but we put them in a 9×13 pan and they came out really thin. I think if you used a smaller pan the thickness would help them hold together.

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