Fall is upon us and this spooky season is often an excuse to reach for the candy bars. But this festive recipe by Yummy Toddler Treats will not only curb your sweet tooth – it’s healthy, too! Simply add all the ingredients together in a bowl, smooth the mix into a baking pan, then bake. Your kids will enjoy learning to make this treat and will have even more fun eating these bars. Remember that an adult should always handle the oven instructions. The bars will save for 3-5 days in the refrigerator and can also be frozen for longer.
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten free flour blend)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (slightly cooled)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips (or raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped walnuts)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat an 8×8 pan with nonstick spray.
Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir together to combine thoroughly, but gently.
Place batter into prepared and smooth with a spatula so the batter is evenly distributed in the pan.
Bake for 20-24 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out cleanly.
Remove from oven, place pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing.
Serve warm, at room temp, or chilled.