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Dark chocolate pumpkin bars

Savor the taste of fall with these irresistible pumpkin bars. Packed with rolled oats, cinnamon, and vanilla, each bite delivers a satisfying blend of seasonal flavors. Plus, they’re lower in sugar, so go ahead and enjoy them for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert.

Ingredients:

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    1 cup rolled oats

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    ½ cup whole wheat flour

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    1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

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    1 teaspoon cinnamon

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    ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

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    1 teaspoon baking powder

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    ¼ teaspoon baking soda

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    2 large eggs

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    1 cup pumpkin puree

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    ¼ cup maple syrup

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    3 tablespoons melted coconut oil, slightly cooled

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    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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    ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips

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    ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Coat an 8x8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl; stir gently.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth evenly with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown and a fork inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack. Let cool completely before slicing.
  7. Enjoy!
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