Deep dish pumpkin apple and chocolate chip oat bars

I originally found this recipe over at Sally’s baking addiction blog (here) and decided I wanted to make this recipe….with my own twists of course 😉

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ingredients

2.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground cinnamon (I really like cinnamon)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp nutmeg + 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup pure pumpkin
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1 large egg (I used a chia egg; 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water)
1/3 cup dates
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 cups squash and zucchini
1 cup cauliflower
3 small apples (make sure they are good to use for baking. Some apple varieties are better than others when it comes to baking)

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9×13 in pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

2) Mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

3) in a food processor, combine your dates, zucchini/squash, cauliflower, and pumpkin. Mix until well combined and smooth. Remove this mixture and add it to your dry mixture along with your milk, vanilla, and egg.

4) slice up your apples And add to your batter. Add in your chocolate chips.

5) Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars. Bars stay fresh for up to one week in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

This is a great recipe for those who want a treat but still want to feel good about themselves after eating said treat. These deep dish bars offer up fruits, veggies, fiber, and grains. It’s a great way to get extra nutrients into your diet. I can easily see myself enjoying these in the morning with my Morning cup of….water.

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