It’s that time of year – the weather is starting to cool down (then warms up again just when you think it’s time to pull out the sweaters). Around this time of year, I start thinking, dreaming, of the leaves turning. I joyfully browse the Oriental Trading Co. catalog for Halloween goodies, and get excited to see pumpkin everything!
Yes, I am one of those people who could drink a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) year round, but don’t. Because that is something to look forward to. Fall is my favorite season. I love making warm soup, baking fresh bread, and experimenting with fall recipes.
I ran across a recipe from Modern Parents Messy Kids for Super Powered Oatmeal Bars. While my kids can down an entire banana in about 30 seconds (which is pretty impressive when you only have 7 teeth), I am not much of a banana fan. So, I decided to modify the recipe to replace bananas with pumpkin. I also added pumpkin pie spice, a drizzle of molasses, and chocolate. Well, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of the BEST. And breakfast can’t be too healthy all the time. Plus, chocolate comes from a bean so its basically a vegetable anyway. Right?
The bars made from this recipe are dense, soft and chewy. Plus, they really fill you up, and you can eat them on the go!
Hope you are looking forward to the fall season. 🙂
Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 1 large can (29 oz.) pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
- 3 cups milk
- 2 Tbsp almond butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup raisins or craisins
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups chocolate chips (optional)
- 2 cups pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 – 9″x13″ pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well mixed.
- Divide mixture in half, and place half in each pan. Smooth into an even layer with a rubber spatula.
- Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the middle is done (check with a toothpick to make sure it isn’t too goopy).
- Lift the bars out by the parchment, and let cool completely. Cut each pan into 18-20 bars. Wrap each in plastic wrap, then in a ziptop freezer bag, and freeze, if desired.