If you’re thinking about doing some fall baking this weekend, might I suggest these?
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Yesterday when I got home from the office, I didn’t have any clients to train and Shane was going to be at class for the next couple hours. It was the perfect time to get my bake on.
These chocolate chip pumpkin bars are so good, they’re almost half gone.
In fact, this morning when Shane went to try one for breakfast, he asked:
so how are they?
They are SO good. Wait until you try one.
When did you make them?
Oh just last night while you were at class.
….*one eye brow lifts* well I guess they are pretty good then.
He should know not to judge a girl who’s alone with pumpkin bars. Oh, and Shane loved the bar, and then had two more. So there. Of course I didn’t tell him that the bars are made out of whole wheat and oats. Muahaha
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
These chocolate chip pumpkin bars are the perfect bars to bring you into fall. They’re sweet, but not too sweet, and the addition of whole grains make this an acceptable breakfast, snack, or dessert bar!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. quick cook oats
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. (or more…) chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the pumpkin. Blend again on a fast setting until fluffy. Next, add the peanut butter, and blend again on a fast setting. Gradually add in the dry ingredients bowl until incorporated into the wet. Slowly add in the milk and mix a little more. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a greased pan (I used a 6×10 I think, but an 8×8 would work, too.) Bake for 22 minutes.
PS – Clarabelle wanted to be a prop in these pictures, but I put her in the other room. Wouldn’t want to get kitty hair in the pumpkin bars!
I still haven’t gotten my lifting workout in yet today, but I did manage to eat a morning snack while cranking out emails (see above) It’s on the to-do list though – along with folding towels, running errands, and doing a continuing education assignment for my ACE creds.