Easy and delicious Pumpkin Granola Bars are packed with all the fall flavors. Great for breakfast or snacking, they are also vegan!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Sugar & Spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with foil. In a medium bowl, toss together the rolled oats, chia seeds, Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the canned pumpkin, almond butter, honey, Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Sugar & Spice, and vanilla extract.
- Stir the wet mixture into the dry. Fold in the chocolate chips, if using, and press into an even layer in the foil-lined baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, and let cool to room temperature. Remove from the dish and peel off the foil. Cut into bars and store in the fridge or freezer. Nutrient information calculated using chocolate chips.
- 297 Calories (kcal)
- 12 Fat (g)
- 2 Saturated Fat (g)
- 43 Carbohydrates (g)
- 6 Fiber (g)
- 19 Sugar (g)
- 8 Protein (g)
- 106 Sodium (mg)
One cooked cup of mashed pumpkin contains over 200% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which sharpens the vision, especially in dim light, as per National Institutes of Health. This pumpkin desserts are also packed with carotenoids, the elements that give their bright orange color, as well as beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into a kind of vitamin A.
This meal is an overlooked source of fiber, which can keep you feeling full for long periods of time on fewer calories. A diet that is rich in fiber enables people to eat less, and thus shed pounds.
Having ample amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, his meal is known to support cardiovascular health. Consuming the right amounts of potassium is just as essential as minimizing your sodium intake for the treatment of hypertension. Increased intake of potassium can also reduce the risk of stroke, preservation of bone mineral density, protection against loss of muscle mass, and a decrease in the formation of kidney stones.
Pumpkins dessert, are packed with beta-carotene and other antioxidants that have cancer protective properties.
Thi dessert is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is responsible for post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness. Tryptophan also contributes to helping the body produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that assists you in relaxing and winding down. In addition to promoting better sleep, the serotonin will enhance your mood.
Research carried out shows a positive relationship between a beta-carotene- rich diet and a reduction in the risk of developing a prostate cancer. Beta-carotene has an inverse relation with the development of colon cancer in people. Furthermore, the plant sterols present in pumpkin bars can help combat certain types of cancers.