Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars
12 servings

I love this recipe I made up because, well, who doesn’t love dessert? And imagine if that dessert was GOOD for you? It’s like a dream come true. These bars are vegan (add the frosting and it becomes vegetarian), and high in complete protein & fiber. In this one delectable little bar, you’re getting whole grains, healing spices, fruit, and even a vegetable. Enjoy!
-Megan

Ingredients:
30 dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
3⁄4 cup water
1 cup teff flour
¼ cup oats
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp clove
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ cups cooked pumpkin puree, or 1- 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk

Instructions:
Place the pitted/diced dates into a small bowl with the 3⁄4 cup of water and soak for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Place the flour and spices a large bowl. In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked dates, the water used to soak the dates, oats, vanilla, and milk for a minute or two until smooth. Pour this into the bowl of dry ingredients, and then add the pumpkin. Mix well with a spoon.
Pour the batter into an 8×8-inch non-stick baking pan. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until you see cracks on the top. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Store in the refrigerator. Optional-top with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
½ cup organic butter
8 oz organic cream cheese
1 ½ tsp stevia powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
In a large bowl, let the cream cheese & butter soften to room temperature. With a hand mixer, blend well. Add the stevia and vanilla and continue mixing until well-blended. Store in refrigerator.

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