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by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 14, 2013

Hey, hey friendly faces! Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!! Aaaaand happy Monday to everyone else. Can I interest you in a slice of leftover dessert to ease the pain of having to go back to work/school? :D

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

Even though Thanksgiving doesn’t seem to be as big of a deal up here in Canada as it is in the States, I’m still more than happy to milk it for all it’s worth. Good food, time with the family, an extra day off. What’s not to love?! Okay, so food comas can be a serious threat, and food babies aren’t exactly the most pleasant thing either, but it’s nothing a good pair of stretchy pants can’t fix, am.I.right? ;)

This year (as is pretty much the case every year), I was put in charge of dessert — a task I happily accepted. I love baking, so any excuse to get my butt in the kitchen is a big win in my books. The only problem was that I had no idea what to make — none. I wanted something that screamed Thanksgiving, but neither I nor my family enjoy pumpkin pie, which is basically the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. Since I’m pretty sure it’s all about the texture, I decided to put a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie by nixing the pie aspect completely and sandwiching the filling between two chewy oatmeal layers to offset the goopiness instead.

This is what I ended up with…

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

Pumpkin pie bars, with a chocolatey oatmeal crust and crumble…

Pumpkin and Chocolate

Everyone knows that pumpkin and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and these bars are a perfect example of that. The first taste to hit your tongue is the sultry spiciness of the pumpkin filling, quickly followed by the rich earthiness of the cocoa — which, in addition to providing you with that beloved pumpkin-chocolate combo we all love, adds nicely to the complexity and depth of the flavour.

Can you tell that I’ve spent quite a lot of time getting up close and personal with these bars? Because I definitely have…

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

Thanks to some mandatory post-baking quality control taste testing and the existence of a second stomach that handles dessert, I ate more than enough of these little guys yesterday to be able to offer you a very graphic description, but I’ll do my best to keep it PG-13…

Ooey. Gooey. Spicy. Sweet. Rich. Dense. Satisfying. Intense… All of the above. And while the flavours are amazing, I have to say that my favourite part may very well be the contrasting textures. You’ve got a gooey pumpkin filling on one hand, and two chunky oat layers on the other… so, unlike traditional pumpkin pie, the goop factor is balanced out by a nice chewy crust. Perfection.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

. pumpkin pie chocolate oatmeal bars .
 
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Yields: 9 - 16 bars, depending on size
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 1¼ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or butter), melted
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
For the filling:
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  2. For the crust: In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir until fully combined and set aside. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, applesauce, and maple syrup. Mix well before adding to oat mixture and stir until fully combined. The dough will be somewhat dense and crumbly -- this is how you want it.
  3. For the filling: Either by hand or using a blender, combine all the filling ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  4. Divide crust mix in half. Using a spatula or your fingers, firmly press half of the dough into the bottom of your square pan. If there isn't enough to fully cover the bottom, add some from the mix remaining in the bowl. Pour filling over the bottom crust layer, spreading evenly. Using your fingers, crumble remaining crust mixture on top of filling, pressing down slightly.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until pumpkin has set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars

If you wanted to keep things a little more traditional, you could make this recipe in a circular pan as opposed to a square one and cut it up into triangles instead. I opted to go the bar route because I have a vendetta against pumpkin pie to maintain ;) Alright, that’s a complete lie. The truth is… I couldn’t find my pie pan (do I even have one?!) and I was due for dinner in a couple of hours, so — bars it was! Thankfully, no one seemed to mind.

I hope you guys are having a great Monday, and whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, take a moment to practice some gratitude and focus on your blessings — you’ll be surprised how big of a difference it can make in your happiness.

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The existence of a dessert stomach: fact or fiction?
Three things you’re grateful for. Go!

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1 elise October 14, 2013 at 5:59 am

Drooools. Seriously, that looks like the perfect recipe! Love it. Nothing like chocolate and pumpkin fused together into one recipe. :D

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2 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy October 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

these look delish! I’m not going to lie… when I read thanksgiving and then looked at the picture for some reason I thought it was a savory casserole. I’ve been up since 3:30 am though so that’s my excuse. but once I kept reading I realized I’m crazy and those look like delicious chocolate.
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3 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee October 14, 2013 at 6:22 am

Yum! No wonder they put you in charge of dessert… happy Thanksgiving lovely xoxo
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

You too, Amy! Hope you’re having an awesome one and coming up with good ways to reuse turkey ;)

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5 Kim@hungryhealthygirl October 14, 2013 at 6:25 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Amanda! You are a pumpkin baking genius!! I’m pinning these and will be making them for my Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I always make my favorite pumpkin pie dessert squares for the Thanksgiving with my parents, but I have to try your bars. ;-)
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6 Lucie October 14, 2013 at 6:27 am

I am convinced that you now won the award for the best pumpkin-fall-recipe. At least in my books. Oats? Chocolate? Pumpkin? You have me over girl, these are my essentials for paradise!
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7 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

Amanda – LOURRVE these PG-13 reviewed, pumpkin chocolate bars – yes – pumpkin and chocolate sure are magical together! I made some very similar ones too, but I had them for breakfast :o Clearly I need to take lessons from you and not have dessert for breakfast! :)
Have you read “One thousand gifts” ? amazing book inspiring all levels of thankfullness – and with that – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!
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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Confession: I maaaaaaay have had one for breakfast this morning ;) And I haven’t read that book, but I’ll definitely be checking it out. Thanks Shashi!

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9 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 14, 2013 at 6:32 am

Happy Thanksgiving! Those bars look amazing and I definitely intend to make them – perhaps for our Thanksgiving….dessert belly never happens to me – it is the veggie belly we discussed last week that I have had enough of…my stomach is so much happier if I limit vegetables to one meal rather than twice in a day…
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10 Heather Murphy October 14, 2013 at 6:40 am

These look to die for! I definitely think I have an extra stomach for dessert! It doesn’t matter how much I eat I always have room to satisfy my sweet tooth. I am so thankful for the fall weather, my sweet baby and recipes like these! Have a great day!
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11 Parita @ myinnershakti October 14, 2013 at 6:41 am

Oh my! These bars look delicious! I think I know what I’ll be making next weekend when Vishnu’s away at a conference. And I have a second stomach for desserts too. It’s the best thing ever :)

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12 Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change October 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

3 things!
My family and closest friends. My health. Our little home. =)

I am definitely going to make these at some point this fall – don’t know what our plans are for Thanksgiving yet, so these might be made for Christmas (which I think is totally acceptable!) Happy to hear you had a fantastic weekend with your family.
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13 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Awwr! I love your last thing to be thankful for :D My home is definitely something that I’m always thankful to come back to.

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14 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

Looks good :) I just made your pumpkin spice muffins with chocolate filling (veganized with Earth Balance and coconut oil as well as a flax egg, and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar)…they turned out heavenly and I’m eating them for breakfast. Loving your recipes!
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15 Carly @ Snack Therapy October 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

I am totally with your fam about the whole pumpkin pie texture thing. It’s just so… blech. I am all about fun textures, so these bars are screaming out to me, even thoughts it’s not even 6am over here. But these have oatmeal, right? Which means they’re acceptable for breakfast? Sweeeeet!
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Oatmeal AND veggies — double win ;)

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17 Adam Bate October 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

These look so good! I’m on such a pumpkin kick right now and I’ll have to give them a shot!

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18 Samantha @ 10,000 Squats October 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

Sounds like it was delicious! Very creative idea you came up with. And I’m sure there’s leftovers for a couple of days!

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19 Elizabeth@myneonrunningshoes October 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

The dessert stomach is totally a fact. It can be like being 6 months pregnant….
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20 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit October 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

Oh YUM! These look amazing & such a great combo of Fall flavors! Happy belated Thanksgiving!
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21 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles October 14, 2013 at 7:54 am

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you! :) Confession: I’ve never had the pumpkin+chocolate combination. Cue sad music here. Maybe I’ll make this or a similar dessert for our (American) Thanksgiving this year!
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22 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Never?! :shock: I don’t want to sound all melodramatic, but… you’ve never LIVED! Chocolate chip pumpkin bread may just be one of the best fall desserts ever.

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23 Becky @ Olives n Wine October 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

Oh yum! I love the different flavors in these babies – chocolate, pumpkin, oats, spices… These might need to make an appearance at my thanksgiving in a month :) As for dessert stomach, heck yes. I always have room for a little dessert, even after a ridiculously huge meal!
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24 Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run October 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

Ok, wow. Those look incredible!
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25 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

Wowee girl – I’m impressed! These look incredible! Happy Thanksgiving!
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26 Rachel @ Running Rachel October 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

So, as the only one that has any remote baking skills in my family, this is my job every year too. I am definitely saving this recipe, and will give you full credit if this is what I make in a month for American Thanksgiving. That looks incredible – and I’m doubly impressed that you developed the recipe! How do y’all do that?!

I do wish I had the dessert stomach, but I’ve gotten better (or is this actually getting worse?) about saving room for dessert. I will absolutely forgo my veggies for some extra chocolate after dinner. Gotta use that limited real estate wisely.

I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday and the time with your family! That’s what I’m always most thankful for – those folks I call family that love me unconditionally despite all I’ve put them through. Pretty amazing what some people will put up with and still love you to pieces in the end.
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27 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Family is definitely amazing when it comes to always sticking with ya no matter what. It makes me sad to think I took ‘em for granted so much when I was younger — but I love that I’ve gotten so much cloer with them as I’ve gotten older.

As for developing recipes, I guess it’s a mixture of getting inspired by others, looking at what ingredients you have or you crave, and then throwing them together and hoping for the best. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes you end up with flops… but those usually stay hush-hush :lol:

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28 Lauren October 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

The second stomach is DEFINITELY a fact. I’ll swear by it. It’s funny how you can be so stuffed at dinner you can barely look at any more food, but as soon as the desserts come out… It’s go time!

Three things I’m thankful for right now: My mom. Elmo. And being able to walk outside in this gorgeous weather even if my knee is all sorts of screwed up. I’m just thankful for being able to enjoy it at least the slightest bit.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, love!
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29 Nicole @ FruitnFitness October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

Happy Canadian thanksgiving! If Canadian thanksgivings involve these pumpkin chocolate bars I want to celebrate too! These sound amazing! I hope your enjoying a wonderful day with friends and family!
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30 Hollie October 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

I saw these on instagram and oh my stars do they look good. I can always eat a good dessert. It exists.
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31 Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

These are 100% fantastic Amanda… both beautiful looking and I know they are tasty. You cannot go wrong with ingredients like you have in this recipe! I am going to make these in the near future for the people I work with, and have them help me test it out… this recipe may be a welcome addition at my Thanksgiving table in November!
I hope you are having a lovely weekend celebrating :)
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32 Brittany October 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

As I said on your IG, these are legit genius!! They look SO good, and I can sub the egg for a chia egg and BOOM, vegan party in my mouth!!!! I would probably eat this entire tray so I may have to wait until the US Thanksgiving to share with others! HA! Happy Thanksgiving!
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33 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

After a rock star race? You -totally- deserve a whole tray of these!

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34 Alex @ therunwithin October 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving with your family!!
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35 Miss Polkadot October 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
“Can you tell that I’ve spent quite a lot of time getting up close and personal with these bars?” -> I’d have been disappointed if you hadn’t. It’s totally necessary to quality-test basically the whole batch of a newy invented baked good. And bars are SO much more up my alley than pie. Now if I could find canned pumpkin … [Homemade pumpkin puree didn't work all that well for me in the past when it came to baking with it.] Oh, and if I had people to share these with because I can’t be trusted a whole pan of them ;) – and I know my parents would not approve of sweet pumpkin anything. Oh well.
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- my family <3
. all of my blog friends – I'm a broken record when it comes to this but: amazing!
- my health

Dessert stomaches totally exist and I think it's because you need to satisfy both your savoury [let's pretend that existed] and your sweet tooth on special occasions. So clearly all the Turkey/stuffing/gravy/what have you needs to be followed up with a sweet somethin'-somethin' to properly finish the meal.
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36 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Disapprove of sweet pumpkin treats? Say it ain’t so! Pumpkin is so perfect in desserts! I say you whip up a chocolate chip pumpkin bread and try to win your parents over ;) And I actually think that savoury tooths (teeth?) do exist — I’ve been craving savoury meals a lot more lately, and it’s kind of freaking me out :lol:

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37 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 14, 2013 at 10:38 am

I’m fully convinced that I have three stomachs. One for regular food, one for sushi, and one for dessert. With the dessert stomach, no matter how full I am, I always find a little bit more space for a bite of dessert…or 3 (or 12). The sweet tooth always wins out!
And chocolate + pumpkin is a pretty fabulous combo, but you throw in oats? You genius, you. Happy Thanksgiving love! <3
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38 Angela @ Health's Angel October 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

Drooling over these. Yum yum yum. I do love pumpkin pie but I see what you mean about the texture thing.
I definitely have a second stomach; I rarely turn down dessert. :)
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39 Alysia @ Slim Sanity October 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

Ok…. I’m so totally making these! You are my pumpkin hero.

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40 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

I am going to make these! They look perfect for fall. I cannot get enough orange. :)
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41 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

I am sure that this comes as no surprise, but I am in love with the sound of these bars!! I am definitely planning on making these either this month or for Thanksgiving here in the States..or for both! ;)
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42 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I say go both — I’ll probably end up celebrating American Thanksgiving again myself ;)

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43 Heather @TheSoulfulSpoon October 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Great recipe Amanda!:) I am glad you were able to be in charge of dessert so we could get ahold of this yummy recipe!:) These would even be great breakfast bars- dipped in Greek yogurt? Oh yes!:)
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44 Molly@This Life Is Sparkling October 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so making these. They look amazing!
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45 sara @ fitcupcaker October 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

wow those look mouth watering…I need some healthier recipes for this thanksgiving,. so I will definitely bookmark this one. I love the chocolate crumble topping idea, yum
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46 Eating 4 Balance October 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Well you certainly solved the problem that you have with pumpkin pie! These look chewy and delicious.

My stomach was already growling before this post but now… Gah. Supper is so far away! :(

Fantastic pictures. The first was my favorite :)
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47 Allison @ Life's a Bowl October 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

These look great! Although, I’m a huge pumpkin pie lover so I definitely couldn’t swap out the pie for bars… But I’d happily enjoy one for breakfast or as a snack :)
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48 lindsay October 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

next year, i’m coming to your house for thanksgiving. k? Or we can trade off Canadian then american thanksgiving
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49 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Let’s do both. I have a feeling I’ll end up celebrating again in November just so I don’t feel left out ;)

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50 Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food October 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

These look awesome! I love pumpkin and I love chocolate, so I’m fairly certain I would really enjoy these. Hope you’ve had a good Thanksgiving!
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51 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

GIRL. I want nothing more than to go home and bake these immediately. The only problem is that the hubby is out of town for the next few days and the only person I could share them with is my 9 pound dog. This is a dilemma. Happy Thanksgiving!!
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52 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Dilemma? Nonsense! Oatmeal is a breakfast food, pumpkin is a veggie, and chocolate is full of antioxidants — totally healthy ;)

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53 Ang @ Nutty for Life October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Those bars look diviiiiine! I might have to make those for my Thanksgiving this year! I bet they’d be a big hit.
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54 Davida @ The Healthy Maven October 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

You single-handedly just redeemed Canadian Thanksgiving for me! Wanna be in charge of my Thanksgiving celebrations? They’ll be in November this year!
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55 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I can do that! I might end up celebrating again in November… just so I don’t feel left out ;)

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56 Jo @ Living Mint Green October 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I like the gooey layer in these bars – they look sooo good!!

Oh god, there’s ALWAYS room for dessert. Lets chat soon about planning our mountain retreat. So far, Karen from Toronto Girl West, Scott from Your Inner Skinny & Jen from Nut Case In Point are on board. IM EXCITED!!!
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57 Leigh October 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Those look so delicious! Just found your blog through Jo (living in mint green) and wanted to say hi as I am a fellow Canadian :)

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58 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Hi Leigh! I -love- coming across other Canadian bloggers! What part of Canada?

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59 Arman @ thebigmansworld October 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I was wayyyy off my guesses haha, I thought it was pumpkin rocky road. :p

This looks amazing- and seriously pumpkin pie is…whats a nice way of saying gross? It might stem from the fact that before then I had only eaten it savoury..but still.

Its a fact- no matter how full someone can be, there is ALWAYS room for dessert. The other night I was full from dinner but had a small bowl of vanilla ice cream for dessert because I didn’t think I could handle anymore. Fail. 3 bowls later..
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60 Cailee October 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Wow! This seriously look AMAZING! I could go for one right now :)
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61 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Amanda, these are beeeaaauutiful! Love the wholesome, real ingredients, and they sound delicious. I’m totally jealous that you’re celebrating already! Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays.
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62 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Awww don’t be jealous — you guys do it so much bigger and better than we do! Which basically just means that I’ll have to celebrate again in November ;)

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63 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves October 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Holy yum! These are seriously tantalizing, especially with all of your graphic descriptions. I love that they’re healthy…so that means I can eat more. ;) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!!
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64 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

These look so good – and so healthy too! Want to come over to my Thanksgiving next year? I don’t think I could give up my beloved pumpkin pie, but I could definitely find room in my stomach for both. So to answer your question, yes a dessert stomach totally exists! I can be absolutely stuffed from dinner, but I will always always find room for dessert. ;)
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65 Karey @ Nutty About Health October 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I love the unique-ness of these bars! Yum! Thanks for sharing! :)
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66 Maria@TheBrooklynFig October 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Oh, hello yumminess. You can pretty much say I’m on a baking kick lately, ever since we got our new oven last week. Sooo this will be bookmarked to try this coming weekend- thanks!
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67 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Dessert stomach: Fact. Another fact, I have a dessert stomach more than willing to be devoted to these bars. Despite all my (false) bravado, I don’t hate pumpkin, but I can’t stand pumpkin pie for exactly the reasons you mentioned. Now these, well these on the other hand, I’d be more than willing to try.
Any chance there are any leftovers?
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68 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

There were before Thanksgiving dinner round 2, but now? All gone :( There’s plenty of turkey though…

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69 Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome October 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I’d say you were the right person to put in charge of dessert! These look amazing! I don’t pair chocolate and pumpkin together often enough. So good!
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70 Electra @ electra-fi.com October 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

These look AMAZZZZZING! I can’t do wheat well but all I’d need to sub is that .. maybe with some oat flour or tapioca flour or gosh could be anything. I can’t wait to try these!!!

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71 Olena@iFOODreal October 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Totally love this one! Pinning! So clean and healthy!
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72 Emily October 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Drooling. Pumpkin pie may is probably my favorite fall dessert and its something I always look forward to at Thanksgiving. My family is the same way so I think these bars would be a huge hit. Not to mention, they’d add a little spice to the same ol’ pumpkin pie we’ve had my entire life! Yeee!
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73 Jessie October 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

…. currently praying that Thanksgiving gets here SOON! Actually forget waiting, I’m thinking these bad boys need to be made in advance – I mean I need to try the recipe out first right? :)
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74 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 15, 2013 at 5:12 am

Exactly. You never want to be testing out a -new- recipe to bring to a party ;)

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75 Ksenija @ Health Ninja October 15, 2013 at 12:57 am

How good that I’ll make a new batch of apple sauce today or tomorrow! I will put it to good use with these bars – they look like awesome, seasonal study-snackfood. Plus I do have all of the ingredients at hand. Thank you lovely for feeding our sweet tooth!
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76 Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat October 15, 2013 at 1:58 am

How good do these look!!!?! I am definitely going to have to make these as soon as my store gets pumpkin puree back in stock, I’m having withdrawal symptoms!!
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77 Danica @ It's Progression October 15, 2013 at 5:37 am

These look fantastic!! just pinned it to maybe make for our Thanksgiving next month :)
I hope you had a great time with your family!
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78 Tara October 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

These bars are in the oven as we speak…I can’t wait to try them! Hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving.

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79 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I’d love to know what you think!

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80 Tara October 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Awesome! My family loved them.
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81 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut October 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Yummy for sure!! I’ve been experimenting a lot with pumpkin this year, so I’m definitely pinning these for some inspiration! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!! <3
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82 Leslie October 19, 2013 at 6:33 am

This looks like a fantastic fall treat to beat afternoon hunger. Thanks for sharing.
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83 Kim October 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hi! Did you use ginger spice or raw ginger?

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84 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Hi Kim, I used ground ginger spice.

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85 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Holy chocolatey pumpkin heaven!! You never cease to amaze me with your baking talents, m’dear! What a creative idea! And as someone who LOVES contrasting textures, I am totally drooling over here!

Dessert stomach: totally a real thing! ;)
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86 Sarah October 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Any substitute for maple syrup?

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87 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm

You could probably sub it with any other liquid sweetener. So honey, agave, or rice syrup.

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88 Sophie October 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm

This recipe looks awesome! So creative! Any ideas of a good substitute for the egg?

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89 Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Well the egg is mainly to hold everything together and get it to set, so you could probably replace it with a Tbsp. or 2 of cornstarch (or arrowroot).

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90 Denise October 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hi. My friend just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr.C.” on Facebook, also a blog. I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your site. Very nice ! I love when people share blogs with each other. Denise

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91 Phyllis November 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Since I’m allergic to chocolate and gluten, I will try carob powder. Any suggestions on the type of flour I should try? Thanks!

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92 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Honestly, any flour would probably work. Almond meal would be really lovely, or you could just grind up another 1/2 cup of oats into a flour.

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93 Michelle November 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

They are yummy! I’m only one person so I couldn’t eat the whole batch at once. Do you recommend refrigerating them? How long do you think they keep? Thanks:)

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94 Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm

They should be fine for about a week or so if you store them in a sealed container in the fridge :)

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95 Ashley December 7, 2013 at 6:48 am

I plan on making this today! Looks delicious. Does the cocoa powder need to be sweetened or unsweetened?

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96 Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 7, 2013 at 7:22 am

Thanks, Ashley! I hope you like them. I used unsweetened cocoa powder.

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97 Emily March 28, 2014 at 11:28 am

I want to make this with the ingredients I have at my house but, I do not have any applesauce. What can I substitute for it. My son has his first swim meet tomorrow and I think this will be a great snack for him.

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98 Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hi Emily. You can use a couple more tablespoons of oil instead of the applesauce.

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99 Emily March 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

Awwwww. Thanks for the answer and the fast response.

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100 Kay@EnjoyDarkChocolate April 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

What a great recipe! Thank you. Made it last night and it came out absolutely DELICIOUS!

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