No-Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Granola Bars
Author: 
Serves: 8 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup crunchy almond butter
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • unsweetened coconut for topping
Instructions
  1. In a food processor give the oats, cocoa powder and pumpkin pie spice a few pulses (4-5 quick pulses max).
  2. Pour the oats into a large bowl and with a spatula, stir in almond butter, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup to combine all ingredients well. You can taste the mixture at this point and adjust spices and sweetness to your liking.
  3. Line an 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  4. Pour the mixture into center of pan and with the spatula, spread outward in the shape of the pan until the layer is about an ½ inch thick (the mixture will not fill the entire pan completely).
  5. Freeze mixture in the pan for about 45 minutes.
  6. Remove the parchment paper from the pan and place onto a cutting board.
  7. With a knife, cut into individual bars.
  8. Top with some the coconut if desired.
  9. Store individually in plastic wrap or in together in a tupperware container.
  10. Keep refrigerated.
Recipe by The Hanging Spoon at http://thehangingspoon.com/no-bake-chocolate-pumpkin-granola-bars/