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Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bars

chocolate pumpkin bars

Ok, now: take note of the date on the calendar everyone. It’s late August.  And here is the first recipe featuring pumpkin. The obsession begins!  All of the fall things, now!  I’m like Gollum with the One ring when it comes to fall flavors. :-). There is a chill in the air today, though.  So I have an excuse.  I think things are starting to cool down.  Fingers crossed.

I actually just had my first pumpkin spice latte a couple days ago.  Sometimes I feel like if I start eating pumpkin things and digging out the scarves, I can somehow will it to be fall.  Does anyone else ever feel that way?  Sure, spring and summer are great, but I love layers, fun coats, and pretty scarves.  Plus it’s easier to bake and eat those delicious indulgent treats when it’s not 85 degrees with 70 percent humidity.  Know what I mean?

But really, when it comes down to it, here it Minnesota there’s only about a three month window of really warm weather.  Cooler temps are our thang.

chocolate pumpkin baras

So I was browsing the interwebs, looking for something nommy…and maybe something that wouldn’t break the calorie bank, when I ran into these darling chocolate chunk pumpkin bars from Eating Bird Food.  I did make a slight alteration.  Instead of using applesauce, I used my homemade apple butter. And the results were scrumptious. 🙂

So now that I’ve made these, can it be fall already?  Can the orchards be open?  Cuz I need a caramel apple like like the Doctor needs his TARDIS.

I should really watch what I say.  If I wish for fall too much, I’ll completely bypass that season and get two feet of snow piled on me.

Happy fall!  😛

chocolate pumpkin bars

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple butter or unsweetened apple sauce
  • ¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chopped into chunks (or dark chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the apple butter, yogurt, canola oil, egg whites, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix well, making sure that every bit of flour is incorporated.
  6. Add the chocolate chunks and stir to incorporate.
  7. Spread into the pan, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bars comes out clean.

 

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  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 25, 2015, 9:58 am

    haha I’m the same way when it comes to fall. I pray it for all summer long and when it comes, i’m already knee deep in pumpkin and cinnamon.

    • Amanda August 25, 2015, 10:00 am

      Haha! I’m glad I’m not the only one! I think half of it is that I love decorating for Halloween. Bring on the leaf bags and weird chimney ghosts that you hang up. :). Haha.

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext August 25, 2015, 10:11 am

    Love these pumpkin bars! They look really delicious – loving the addition of chocolate!

    • Amanda August 25, 2015, 10:36 am

      Thank you! They are nice and
      Cakey, almost like a quick bread. Hope you enjoy!

  • Linda @ Today She Loves August 27, 2015, 5:38 am

    I’m so excited for autumn to start and for the delicious Starbucks drinks! These look delicious though I’ve never had pumpkin and chocolate at the same time. Gonna try it after I make peanut butter pumpkin bites for the puppies!

    • Amanda August 27, 2015, 9:53 am

      Thanks! I love how you’re making treats for your dogs! Awesome! I’m excited for the fall Starbucks drinks too. I could drink those in May. 🙂

  • Mir August 27, 2015, 9:41 am

    So…the way you feel about fall? I’m like that with summer. So I’m holding back on the scarves. But once it’s cold, I’ll be wearing those every day!
    These look excellent. Definitely the best way to do pumpkin!

    • Amanda August 27, 2015, 9:56 am

      Hope you like them! It’s warm again here, so summer is hanging on. That’s cool too. I love the water, and it’ gets harder to hang out by the lake when it’s forty degrees and windy. :). Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 27, 2015, 2:17 pm

    I can never wait to bake with pumpkin!! I usually start in July, ha. These bars look so good!

    • Amanda August 27, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Thanks! I love baking with pumpkin too. I saw a recipe for pumpkin caramel rolls the other day. I could get into a lot of trouble with those! Haha. 😄

  • Marsha @ Marsha's Baking Addiction August 31, 2015, 11:42 am

    These look scrumptious! Perfect for autumn!

    • Amanda September 2, 2015, 8:10 am

      Thank you! I’m totally ready for autumn!

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