Is anyone else completely in shock about the fact that Thanksgiving is practically here. Where has November gone? Or really where has the year gone for that matter… Nevertheless I couldn’t be more pleased about November coming to an end because that means that we will be traveling back home to Minnesota to spend Thanksgiving with our family and friends! It is going to be one incredible weekend. Every year we pretty much make Thanksgiving weekend into a big reunion/get together. We start off celebrating thanksgiving, then black Friday shopping at the MECA (aka Mall of American), and then celebrating our birthday early with our mom and best friends. This may just be our favorite weekend of the entire year and as you can probably tell the excitement is at an all-time high. ☺
Any who, before rushing off to Minnesota and letting loose we wanted to share with you all our skinny pumpkin oatmeal bars. These bars are incredibly easy to make. They are basically a throw in a bowl and mix type of recipe, and could be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner/breakfast if you’re on the hunt for any last minute ideas! I mean what more could you ask for when on a time crunch? This is assuming you all aren’t sick of pumpkin yet. I mean I know I certainly am not. Especially with Thanksgiving practically here and all. I am still in full-fledged pumpkin mode and will be until Christmas, and probably even after if we’re being perfectly honest here. That amazing pumpkin and spice smell is something I can never get enough of. Not to mention pumpkin is an excellent addition to recipes when dieting. Pumpkin helps to beef up any recipe by adding that extra volume while keeping the cals low. This is one of the main reasons I continue baking with pumpkin all year long. I’ll routinely add it to healthy bars, brownies, you name it. Pumpkin has a very mild taste which makes it very versatile in that it can be added to pretty much anything. You can also dial back the pumpkin-y taste by cutting back on spices like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cloves etc. to bring out whatever flavors you are looking for. Too clutch.
If you’re not yet sold specifically on the pumpkin aspect I’m sure you will be sold on the taste. These bars taste like all things wonderful. I have been making these every week for the past couple of weeks because I cannot get enough. Lately I have been eating them as an afternoon snack for a little extra energy before my afternoon workouts, or in the mornings with my eggs. Really you cannot go wrong with whatever time of the day you choose to eat these!
Wishing you all a wonderful thanksgiving filled with all the love and all the food! We cant wait to hear what you all think about this recipe!
3 cups of quick oats
½ cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cloves
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ cup chocolate chips (can add more or less)
½ cup crushed walnuts
1 cup canned pumpkin (regular pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pie filling contains lots of added sugar)
½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tsp pumpkin extract
1/4 cup almond milk (can use regular milk)
1 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. & spray 9 X 11 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray
- Combine oats, baking powder, baking soda, and remaining spices in a large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
- In another bowl mix pumpkin, brown sugar, apple sauce, coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla extract until consistency is smooth.
- Slowly add in oat mixture and mix until both are thoroughly combined.
- Gently fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Place batter in the oven and bake for 15-25minutes (or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean with no batter sticking to it) Timing will be dependent on the size of pan you use so make sure to at least check your bars at about 15ish minutes in.
- Let bars cool for about 10-15 minutes. Cut and ENJOY! ☺