Ready for a super yummy and healthy awesome autumn sweet treat? I whipped up these pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal squares to have as a snack, and they turned out GREAT! These are perfect if you are craving something sweet, but want to stick to a healthy diet. For starters, these guys are packed with pumpkin giving them all the awesome health benefits of pumpkin!
On top of that, these are sweetened with raw honey, and that means the whole slew of health benefits that raw honey contains are also in these squares.
It’s because of all these health benefits that if I’m going to use a sweetener, I always turn to raw honey!
The nutrition of these bars don’t stop just at the pumpkin and raw honey! There’s gluten free oats in there, coconut oil, cinnamon, and other great ingredients in there that are actually quite good for you. So, even though these are a sweet treat, there’s plenty of awesome health benefits in there, which means you don’t have to feel bad about indulging a bit.
Another quick note – you can replace the chocolate chips with raisins or dried cranberries to make these a little healthier. You can even take it a step further, and replace the chocolate chips with fresh blueberries, apples, or strawberries!
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL SQUARES
- 3 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs, and 1 egg white
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (liquid form)
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips (can use blueberries, raisins, walnuts, etc. in place of the chocolate chips if desired)
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease an 8 x 11 glass pan with coconut oil. Place all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a medium mixing bowl, and stir to combine completely.
2.) Fold in the chocolate chips to combine completely.
3.) Place the mixture into the prepared glass pan, and spread out evenly. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 28 – 30 minutes until lightly browned.
4.) Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares, then transfer to a plate to serve.