Pumpkin Oat Bars

Even your snack bars can be in-season when you incorporate fitting ingredients. For fall, we’re adding pumpkin and warm spices to update this healthy on-the-go vegan snack.
Even your snack bars can be in-season when you incorporate fitting ingredients. For fall, we’re adding pumpkin and warm spices to update this healthy on-the-go vegan snack.

Pumpkin Oat Bars

Serves 8

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup water
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  • 1 cup almond milk
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  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
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  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
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  • Generous pinch of salt
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  • 1-1/4 cups steel cut oats
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  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
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  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
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  • 6 ounces chopped dark chocolate

Directions:

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  1. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
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  3. In a medium saucepan, combine water, almond milk, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
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  5. Stir in oats and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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  7. Stir in pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Pour mixture into the prepared dish.
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  9. Place dish in the freezer for 20 minutes to set the oat mixture.
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  11. Cut into bars and set aside.
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  13. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
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  15. Dip the bottoms of the bars in the chocolate and set upside down on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the freezer until chocolate is set.
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  17. Turn bars over and drizzle the tops with chocolate. Freeze until set.
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  19. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container layered with waxed paper for up to 4 days.

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