Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars (vegan and gluten-free)
Healthy pumpkin chocolate chip bars are moist and delicious and just happen to be gluten-free and can be easily made vegan as well. Bars for the masses!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: dessert bars, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, snack bars
Author: Kiki Simpson, Healthy Sexy Kitchen
½cuppumpkin pureebe generous!
½cupnut butterI used cashew. Be generous with your measurement here!
2largeeggsor flax eggs for vegan (see notes below)
½cup (60g)almond flour
¼cup (40g)millet flour
1tablespoonpumpkin pie spiceCheck out the Notes for link to my pumpkin spice recipe.
¼teaspoonkosher saltif using unsalted nut butter, increase to ½ tsp
½cupchocolate chips of choiceplus more for placing on top
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line an 8x8-inch (20x20-cm) baking dish with a cut sheet of parchment paper that is cut to fit the bottom in one direction and overhangs the sides in the other direction. Lightly grease with oil or spray.
In a large bow, combine the pumpkin, maple, nut butter, eggs (or flax eggs), and vanilla. Stir or whisk to combine well.
In a separate medium bowl, combine almond flour, millet flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Using a rubber or silicone spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Place extra chocolate chips over the top as desired.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (try to avoid chocolate chips when testing). Let cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes. Use the overhanging parchment to remove bars from the pan and let cool completely before slicing into bars.
It's easy to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice. Check out my recipe HERE.To make it VeganReplace the 2 large eggs with flax eggs. Combine 2 tablespoons finely ground flax meal with 6 tablespoons water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Use just like eggs. Use vegan chocolate chips.How to storeThese bars can be stored at room temperature for about 2 days, then they should be refrigerated after. Of course, they can be refrigerated as soon as completely cooled. They should last up to a week stored this way. Wrap bars in plastic wrap, foil or in an air-tight container.You can freeze these bars for up to 2 months. Transfer sliced bars to freezer storage bags or containers.