Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (Super Healthy) by Ashley

My 8yo and I made these last night on a whim. We had all the ingredients in our pantry. They are delicious and healthy. My boys loved them.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

scant 1/2 cup peanut butter
scant 1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cup oats (whole rolled; not quick cook) (I used quick and it still worked)
1 cup brown sugar, packed (I used Splenda brown sugar)
1/2 cup white sugar (I used Splenda)
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup each of add-ins: white chocolate chips, Craisins, or whatever your heart (or pantry) desires (I used Craisins, chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir by hand. Spread batter (it will be pretty moist) into a foil-lined and sprayed 8x8 or 9x9-inch baking dish. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The bars may still look underdone, but that's okay because they will continue to set up as they cool. Allow to cool very well before slicing into squares. Store extras on the countertop, refrigerator, or in the freezer for long term storage.

Source: Love Veggies and Yoga