Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Just the name alone Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal bars, where can you go wrong.

More like where can you go right!

When I seen the Tweet Tuesday afternoon I immediately walked over and hit 350 on the oven.

This little gem comes from Averie over at Love Veggies and Yoga.

It is a fantastic recipe with many different variations, using more or less of what you enjoy the most.

For the first batch I use the main recipes and I added a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate mini chocolate chips and a 1/4 cup of regular sized butterscotch chips.

It turned out quite light and soft. A very tender bar. If it had cooked it a few minutes longer with would be more firm, I was just cautious to not over cook it and have it too hard or dry.

The addition of the chips was nice but I think for the second batch I will go with the main recipe plus raisins and a touch more cinnamon.

I like a bit more chew to my bars and the raisins will add just the bite I am looking for.

Plus, omitting the chocolate chips will also result in a firmer bar. I also used one cup of white sugar in the first batch as I just ran out of brown.

For the second batch I used one cup of brown sugar and a half cup of raisins.
I really enjoy it without all the chocolate chips. It is a touch more firm and has that granola bar flavor, which I espically enjoy!

Which ever variation you try, it will be hard to stop at just one! And before I forget to mention, these are gluten free!

From love veggies and yoga:

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 cups oats – whole rolled, not quick cooking

1 cup brown sugar – packed

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice – reduce/increase to taste

1 tsp cinnamon – reduce/increase to taste

1 tbsp vanilla extract

options: raisins, chocolate,whiite, peanutbutter or butterscotch chips.  Up to a half cup.

 

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