As the weather gets colder, many people find themselves craving slightly heavier foods, and foods made with comforting, warm spices. This dessert or snack bar packs a filling, satisfying, flavorful punch. It features the comforting flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and it is made with mostly whole, unprocessed, nutrient-rich ingredients. Feel free to add in other nuts and seeds according to your preferences—adding in more nuts and seeds will also up the protein content of the bar. Enjoy it as a sweet treat after dinner, or even as a pre-workout or post-workout snack!
Yield: 12 bars (2” by 2” squares)
1 ½ cup whole oats
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup maple syrup, or to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp pumpkin spice
2 Tbsp chia seeds
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
¼ cup nut butter of choice (I used unsalted peanut butter)
Optional: ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Place the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin spice into a bowl and mix with a fork until combined.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixture and mix well with a fork until combined.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish, making a roughly 6” by 6” square with the mixture. It is a thick mixture that holds its shape, so it will not need to fill up the whole bottom of the pan. If you want thinner bars, feel free to cover a larger area with the mixture, but keep in mind that this will change the nutritional value of the bars.
Smooth a piece of parchment paper on top of the pressed mixture.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or freeze for 1 hour.
When ready, remove from refrigerator or freezer, cut into 2” squares, and enjoy!
Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Approximate nutrition information per serving (one 2” square):
Calories per serving: 149
Fat per serving: 6g
Protein per serving: 4g
Total Carbohydrate: 20g
This Fall-inspired recipe, crafted by Louisa Paine, Registered Dietitian at The Mount Auburn Club will become an instant summer favorite! Click here to contact the MAC Nutrition team today and ask how we personalize recipes.
The information presented here is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or health condition. As always, please speak with your registered dietitian regarding any dietary modifications or nutrition-related questions.