Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Bars - Vegan & Gluten Free!

These are SO delicious!!  Now that fall is here, everything is pumpkin this and apple that!!  So I have been researching recipes and found this amazing one, that are completely vegan free & gluten free!!  These are made with oat flour and no butter!

I made 3 batches within 4 days -- YES, I SHARED!! And everybody loved them, especially my mother!!

Serves: 16

What You Need:

  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix!)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 Tbsp for sprinkling on top

What You Need To Do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8x11 or 9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make oat flour: Place oatmeal into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended.
  3. Measure out just 2 1/2 cups of the oat flour and place in a medium bowl. Whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; set aside.
  4. In a separate large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla extract, oil, and applesauce for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Timing will depend on what size pan you use, but definitely check around 15 minutes. Once finished baking, cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Cut into 16 slices.

Additional Information

Bars can be frozen. Simply bake, cool, cut; store in ziploc bag. Reheat individually for 30 seconds in microwave.

Make sure you read all ingredients and nutrition info to ensure recipe is gluten free/vegan, if that is what you desire.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 128 Fat: 4.3g Carbohydrates: 21.6g Sugar: 9.2gFiber: 2.5g Protein: 2.6g

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Recipe from ambitiouskitchen.com

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