Happy official first day of fall! You read my mind if you think celebrate = pumpkin. And what better way to party in the kitchen than with these delicious, gooey pumpkin-y pumpkin bars?! If you’re a regular here at KISS in the Kitchen, they may look a tad familiar because they were inspired by my Chocolate Banana Lactation Bars from a few months ago.
These “bars” are ridiculously satisfying… and from a nutrition perspective, I’d argue you could justify their presence at breakfast. But they’re also yummy enough to be dessert. DEFINITELY a snack. Can you tell I’m excited?
Last week I bought an embarrassingly large quantity of canned pumpkin at the store. I mean, what would happen if I ran out? #icanteven
Just like the lactation bars, you can make these in the blender or Vitamix so this is hardly a labor intensive recipe. #pieceofpumpkincake
Feel free to cut these into 16 bars… or 4. Your call.
KISS Tip- tweak the spices to your liking. I honestly think these bars could be a little more pumpkin-y so I’ll be trying these next time with extra pumpkin pie spice!
Vegan Pumpkin Bars (GF)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats (or 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour- Bob’s Red Mill works great!)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned, or the real stuff if you’re fancy like that)
- 2/3 cup almond-coconut milk (or your milk of choice)
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
- Mix 1 Tbsp ground flax with 2 Tbsp water and let sit for 3-5 minutes. (Remaining 1 Tbsp flax seed is mixed with other ingredients in the blender).
- In a Vitamix, blender or food processor add all ingredients, except chocolate chips. Blend/process until smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips with a spatula or spoon.
- Add mixture into greased baking dish.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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