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Gooey Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars

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These are honestly too easy and too good not to make! It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes with pumpkin, oats, and chocolate chips as the main ingredients. These are accidentally vegan, and absolutely amazing. They remind me of the perfect mixture between a brownie and pumpkin oatmeal. I mean, how could you go wrong with that??

I make these gooey bars in bulk, so when I’m aimlessly wandering around the kitchen for something to munch on, I can grab a bar out of the freezer and reheat 30 seconds. They are seriously perfect reheated and paired with yogurt, almond milk, or ice cream, but definitely ice cream.

XOXO-♡Kait

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chocolate-pumpkin-bars

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1  tbsp grass-fed butter or coconut oil, slightly melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Notes

*Use refined or expeller pressed coconut oil for a neural flavor. It has the same nutritional profile as unrefined coconut oil.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9×9 baking pan with oil or non-stick cooking spray. You can use an 8×8 but it will take about 5-10 minutes longer to cook.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine the wet ingredients: pumpkin, applesauce, vanilla, coconut oil or butter, and coconut palm sugar.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  5. Fold in almost all of the chocolate chips and pour into the baking dish. Top with a few more chocolate chips and a sprinkle of sea salt.
  6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a fork comes out almost clean. Let cool. These are extra gooey. Cut and serve.
  7. Store in the fridge or the freezer. Reheat for about 20 seconds.

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