With pumpkin being high in nutritional value and sweet at the same time, it is commonly used in sweet treats. Usually those sweet treats are packed with sugar, though, which negates the benefits you would have been getting in the first place.
I made these Pumpkin Oat Bars to be a sweet treat, or breakfast, yet have no added refined sugar (except for the optional chocolate chips).
Pumpkin is full of fiber. Fiber helps you feel full longer which keeps you from eating more, therefore can help aid in your weight-loss efforts. Fiber can also “grab hold” of the toxins in your body and you’ll eliminate them. Being backed-up means your body will continue to reabsorb the toxins your body is trying to get rid of. High fiber diets are also helpful in keeping your heart healthy
Since pumpkins are a great source of vitamin A, they are a great boost to your eye health. Vitamin A also helps maintain healthy skin and bones, too!
It is a common misconception that you can’t eat healthy and have sweet delicious treats. But that just isn’t the case. Whole foods are delicious, nutritious, and sweet! Try these, and you’ll see what I mean!
2 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 chia egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup non-dairy milk (almond, cashew, or oat work well)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup non-dairy chocolate chips (optional) ** raisins are also a good optional add-in
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine well.
- Pour mixture into a prepared 8×8 baking dish.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until set and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes until attempting to slice.