Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bars

3 Oct

The other night we had a pumpkin night.  Pumpkin streusel pancakes and pumpkin smoothies for dinner.    I had a bit of pureed pumpkin left-over so I decided to try these bars.  All the other ingredients I had on hand. They are currently in the oven but the batter is AMAZING!  I could’ve eaten it just plain without baking it.  The recipe also suggests the bars be topped with  frosting or caramel. I want to wait and see how they taste before I decide which topping will be the best.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars 

From: http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/10/pumpkin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars.html

(Vegan, Gluten-Free)

1/2 c peanut butter

1 c pumpkin puree (i.e. Libby’sin a can and if you don’t have pumpkin puree in your market, use sweet potato puree either canned or sweet potatoes that you boil/puree yourself)

2 c oats (whole rolled, not quick cook)

1 c brown sugar, packed

1/2 c white sugar

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (reduce/increase to taste)

1 tsp cinnamon (reduce/increase to taste)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Optional: Add raisins, nuts, chocolate/white/peanut butter chips to the mixture.  Start with 1/3 to 1/2 c and going from there based on taste preference.

Optional frosting ideas

Cream Cheese Frosting; add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice + cinnamon if you’d like

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Caramel Sauce, either jarred or homemade Dark Rum Caramel Sauce

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir by hand.  Spread batter (it will be pretty moist) into a foil-lined and spayed 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan.

Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  The bars may still look underdone, but that’s ok because they will continue to set up as they cool.  Allow to cool very well before slicing (yeah, right. I don’t think I’ve ever done that!).

Notes: All measurements are approximate and if you love peanut butter or pumpkin puree, add a bit more of either.

Reduce the sugar amounts if you wish or even attempt a sugar-free version by making with stevia, stevia “baking blends” or try other powdered forms of nonsugar sweeteners.

 

****I added Chocolate chips and thought that made the bars sweet enough.  No frosting or caramel required.  I think that would be too sweet!

Tomorrow morning is our next appointment with the OB!!!

Happy Birthday Sherri!

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3 Responses to “Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. sherri October 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    YUM!! I’m wearing my green jeans 🙂

    • jkurek7 October 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

      YaY! Birthday jeans!

  2. frugalfeeding October 3, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Delicious! They look awesome.

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