Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frozen Chocolate - Pumpkin Bars / GF



This is a sweet treat on the healthier side. It's cool, refreshing flavor is a nice change from the rich, heavy desserts we are so often attracted too…well I am anyway!

These bars still have a hint of chocolate balanced in a creamy pumpkin base with just a hint of crunch from the toasted pumpkin seeds.   Quality ingredients with "filling" fiber make better choices for snacks and treats.

Weight watcher points add up to about 6.5 per bar.



Frozen Chocolate - Pumpkin Bars  / GF                Makes 12 Bars
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup cashew butter.  Another mild nut butter is fine as well.
3/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup for plant based diets.
2 -3 tsp pumpkin spice
1 cup old fashioned gluten free oats.   Regular if gluten free is not needed.
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, I roast mine for 15 min at 250 degrees, before using in recipes.
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life - Semi-Sweet Mini Chips. These are allergy friendly.  Or sub 1/4 cup raisins for part of the chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350. Line the bottom of a 8"x8" square baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease the sides with coconut oil.

In a medium size bowl combine oats, seeds, and chocolate chips. Mix well.
In a small bowl add pumpkin puree, cashew butter, honey or syrup, and pumpkin spice. Mix well.
Add pumpkin mixture to oat mixture and stir well until all ingredients are fully combined.
Pour into prepared 8"x8" pan, press down with a spatula until mixture is evenly dispersed in pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes. Cool bars completely before cutting into squares.
Store in freezer. Serve chilled.

* NOTE- It's also okay to store in refrigerator if you are planning to use within the next few days. 




Enjoy!

This recipe idea is from The Nutty Scoop.

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