Pumpkin chocolate chip energy bars

It’s my favorite time of year again…..FALL….and that means everything PUMPKIN!

 

I love everything about fall…the slight change in weather ( it is South Carolina after all), the change in the leaves, skinny jeans, boots and of course anything and everything PUMPKIN!

This recipe is my mother’s and she made these bars for me after I had my baby. I think I ate them for breakfast and lunch for a week straight, they are so good!  Together we have worked on this recipe to make it heathier because after all, that’s what this blog is all about!

These pumpkin bars are a fun treat to enjoy for breakfast, a snack or a yummy dessert.

These tasty treats are easy to make, however it just takes a little more time to get all the ingredients together so I like to do this ahead of time!

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour. I use wheat flour. If you are gluten free you can use almond or coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or date sugar ( can also use coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. honey

DIRECTIONS: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of an 8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, pumpkin pie spice, rolled oats, brown sugar  ( or sugar of your choice), baking powder and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients: coconut oil, pumpkin, vanilla extract and honey. Pour wet over dry and stir to form a batter. Spoon batter into the 8 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes. The bars will look slightly undercooked when they are done, but this is normal. They will continue to cook as they cool. Let them cool for 20-30 min and if they are still not firm, place them in the refrigerator for a few hours. This always does the trick! This recipe makes 12-15 bars depending on how big you want to cut them!

Enjoy!

Check out some similar recipes for some other healthy treats!

Healthy Blondie Brownies

Protein Balls 

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