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Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oat Bars

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars

These pumpkin pie-spiced energy bars are loaded with flax, whole oats, whole grains, Greek yogurt and nutrient-dense pumpkin to make them a healthy, energizing snack that also satisfy a sweet-tooth craving.  I have been making variations of these homemade energy bars for over a year now.  I love to change up the ingredients based on seasonal specialties.  When I was introduced to cinnamon chips for the first time (not even a year ago) I immediately incorporated them into a batch of pumpkin oatmeal bars.  Now that it’s pumpkin season again, it was time for another batch.  This time I added some cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves to incorporate the pumpkin pie flavor into the healthy snack.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oat Bars
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Recipe type: Baking
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • ⅛ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • ½-3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  • 4 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon chips
Instructions
  1. Mix the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger powder into the pumpkin puree.
  2. Beat the yogurt, sugar, eggs, spiced pumpkin and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually add the whole wheat flour, wheat germ and baking soda.
  4. Stir in the flax seed, oats and then the cinnamon chips.
  5. Pour the batter into a foil-lined 9 x 13-inch pan and a foil-lined 8 x8-inch pan {or two 9×13 inch pans for slightly thinner bars}.
  6. Cook the bars for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees or until the top of the bars starts to turn light golden brown and springs back to the touch but being careful not to overbake them to ensure that they stay moist in the center. They will set a little bit as they cool.
  7. Let the bars cool in the pan for ten minutes and then cut them into bars or use a cookie cutter to cut them into shapes.

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