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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate & Peanut Butter

09/04/2012 - 17 comments

In my quest to make as much as I can for my family from scratch, I have been looking for granola bar options that are gluten-free and easy to make.  I also had an itch to make something with pumpkin. As far as on-hand ingredients go when you aim to have a gluten-free treat, oatmeal is an easy, affordable option.

Oatmeal+pumpkin+some other fun stuff = Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Peanut Butter.

Gluten-Free pumpkin oatmeal bars


5.0 from 3 reviews
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate & Peanut Butter
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 cups oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup raw honey (can be increased if you prefer a sweeter bar)
  • ½ - 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (organic preferred)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl & blend with a spoon
  2. Line and 8x8 pan w/ parchment paper
  3. Spray w/ olive oil or other non-stick
  4. Spread mixture into pan
  5. Bake @ 350F for 20-25 minutes
  6. Check with toothpick. If it comes out clean, it is done.
Notes
Chocolate chips are optional. You could add nuts, raisins or any other fun stuff you feel like it. This recipe is easily gluten-free provided you ensure you are using gluten-free oats and chocolate chips. Oats are naturally gluten-free but may be processed in a facility that is not, so if it is not labeled, it may contain traces. Chocolate chips may contain gluten as well, though unsweetened chocolate is gluten-free.

 

The original recipe for these bars used brown sugar and white sugar, which I have replaced with honey. This makes the bars more moist as compared to using sugar. You could replace the honey with sugar or Stevia.

These were good. My kids loved them, and I admit I had one and want more. They are not all sugary and sweet like a traditional bar, however. They are thick and tasty and REAL. You can taste each of the ingredients with each bite and feel good that there is nothing fake to be found in these.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal bars

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  • Reply julie 03/24/2013 at 8:54 pm

    Can you use Agave instead of the honey?

    • Reply Kim 03/24/2013 at 9:42 pm

      I’m sure you could. I don’t use agave so I don’t know if it is a one-for-one substitution.

  • Reply Online Gym 11/24/2012 at 4:31 pm

    Big fan of this recipe only 30 calories in a cup of pumpkin. The raw honey and the cinnamon are every healthy for you. I’m going to try making this. Awesome recipe.

  • Reply SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) 09/25/2012 at 10:05 pm

    How did I miss this recipe??? I’m going to make this over the weekend :)

    • Reply Kim 09/27/2012 at 5:50 pm

      I think I am going to make it again!

  • Reply Kathleen 09/07/2012 at 11:39 pm

    Did you use a canned pumpkin or fresh? These look so good and are perfect with Thanksgiving and Halloween coming up!

    • Reply Kim 09/27/2012 at 5:49 pm

      I used canned because I had it here and I need to use it up.

  • Reply Nichol 09/05/2012 at 12:59 pm

    I am so making these, they sound and look fab!

    • Reply Kim 09/05/2012 at 9:04 pm

      I have 2 left and it is killing me not to eat them LOL.

  • Reply Robin @ Mom Foodie 09/05/2012 at 12:48 pm

    My daughter would LOVE these. Luckily, there are no kids with peanut allergies in her tiny class, so she could bring them :)

    • Reply Kim 09/05/2012 at 9:05 pm

      You might be able to leave the peanut butter out if there were allergies. Although using the honey already softens them up a bit over using brown sugar, and that may make them even moister (is that a word?). I want to try adding dates to them like they use in Larabars.

  • Reply Paula @ Frosted Fingers 09/05/2012 at 10:13 am

    Those look yummy! I’ll have to try them. I want some homemade healthy snacks for the kids.

    • Reply Kim 09/05/2012 at 9:12 pm

      I am going to try and make Larabars too. With dates. Since I won’t buy them anymore LOL

  • Reply Billie 09/04/2012 at 11:01 pm

    That has too many of my favorite things in it to not be yummy.

    • Reply Kim 09/05/2012 at 9:06 pm

      They were actually better the 2nd day!