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Pumpkin Bars 1.0

This was an experiment I did today. I had made some pumpkin cookies using almond butter recently, and I liked the flavor, but they just didn’t do it for me. The texture wasn’t right for a cookie. So I decided to see if I could alter the recipe to turn them into bars. This recipe is not intended to make a super sweet dessert. Skip the chocolate chips, and use dried cranberries or raisins, and I think you’ll have a nice, healthy breakfast bar. The chocolate chips just make it a little more decadent and turn it into a dessert.

It’s a couple days later, so I’ve had some time to ruminate about the bars, and eat several servings to confirm my opinion. 🙂 They’re delicious enough that I don’t see the need to make any changes to the recipe at this point. Besides myself, I’ve had four other taste testers, and everyone seems to like them.

Ingredients:

The ingredients

The ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or you could use honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Either 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.

Combine all the ingredients except for chocolate chips in a medium bowl, mixing until a smooth thick batter is formed. Stir in the chocolate chips last.

Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here are the wet ingredients: almond butter, pumpkin pure, egg

Here are the wet ingredients: almond butter, pumpkin pure, egg

The verdict: The texture is great, nice and moist. We like them – Sweet Bee asked for a second one. If you feel like giving them a try, please let me know what you think, and what changes you made, if any.

Mixed up with maple syrup

Mixed up with maple syrup

and some spices and baking soda

and some spices and baking soda

Some chocolate chips to appease the sweet tooth.
Some chocolate chips to appease the sweet tooth.

Put into 8x8 pan and spread around evenly

Put into 8×8 pan and spread around evenly

Finished baking

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!