Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bars
Hi everyone! Happy October!
As it starts to get colder and the holiday season approaches, we tend to splurge a bit more and sometimes make some unhealthy food choices. I know I do much better if I have pre-made goodies on hand. If you are craving a little something here and there, it is nice to have a go-to guilt free treat ready. These pumpkin bars are perfect for this time of year and can help keep your healthy eating on track.
Pumpkin Banana Bar Recipe:
- 2 Cups Oats (ground into flour)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 Cup pumpkin puree
- 2 Bananas
- 2 Eggs
- 1-4 Tbsp Pure Maple syrup
- chocolate chips or blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Grind up the 2 cups of oats in a blender, until flour consistency.
- Pour oat flour into a bowl and add the rest of the dry ingredients.
- In a blender, put bananas, eggs, and maple syrup and blend until smooth.
- Pour blended banana-egg-syrup mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.
- Add pumpkin puree into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir ingredients together until well combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips or blueberries if desired.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour batter onto baking sheet. Spread batter evenly on sheet to desired thickness.
- Put into the oven for about 25 mins.
- Remove from oven and let cool. I personally think that these bars taste better once they have cooled completely.
**To make this recipe, I used a magic bullet to grind up the oats into a flour and to blend the bananas and eggs together (this method is much faster than mashing bananas with a fork). I also used a baking sheet with parchment paper, but this recipe also works in a muffin tin pan or formal bread pan.
** Since this recipe uses oat flour, it wont rise like normal bread flour will. The texture will be thicker and more fudge like.
** I cut these bars into 12 pieces so each serving is about 100 calories.
**I like to store these in the refrigerator after they have cooled because it gives them an even more fudgey texture.