Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Are you tired of purchasing ho-hum granola bars with no flavor that are full of preservatives and who knows what else?

Are you dying for a yummy fall recipe that will fill your needs, suffice as a healthy after-school snack and will please your spouse!?

Are you obsessed with all things PUMPKIN this time of year like me?

How about your diet.  Are you gluten free?  Vegan?  A make-it-yourself type family?
Well look no more!  I have the perfect solution for you!

 

I give you Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars.

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Yeah!

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No need to go to Pinterest for this one….unless of course you want to follow me and my boards 😉  All you need is right here on this site, irokthekitchen.com!

Read on my friends:

All you need: 

Food processor

Two medium sized mixing bowls

Silicone whisk

Wooden spoon or a fork

9×9 square baking pan

Cooking Spray

Wire cooling rack

 

Ingredients: 

2 3/4 cups quick oats (labeled as gluten free if needed)

1/4 cup slivered almonds (+ 2 Tablespoons for topping)

1/4 cup chopped pecans (toasted if desired)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 cup of canned pure pumpkin

1/2 cup plain applesauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 semi sweet chocolate chips (+ 3 Tablespoons for topping) (also can use vegan chips!)

*Note- the only way this can be considered a gluten free treat is if you use oats that are labeled as having been processed in a wheat-free facility.  Check the packaging! ***

*Note 2- the same goes for vegan labeling, if the chocolate chips do not use milk products and are labeled as such, this could be considered a vegan recipe***

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Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350ºF

  • Grease your 9×9″ baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Using your food possessor, blend the oats and almonds until they resemble a fine “flour”.  Stir if needed.  Dump into one of the mixing bowls.  Whisk in the rest of the dry ingredients (pecans, powder, soda, salt, and spices) and set aside.
  • In the separate mixing bowl, use a fork to combine the wet ingredients until smooth (pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, honey, and oil).
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir together until just mixed.  Gently fold in the chocolate chips and pecans.
  • Pour and spread evenly into the baking pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoons of chips and almond slices and place into oven.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes and check for doneness with a knife that comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack or in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

Oh my as if fall couldn’t get any better…. it can!

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Want to check out some other fabulous pumpkin recipes?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:

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Pumpkin Spice Cake:

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie:

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Enjoy!

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-K


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