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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars

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If you know me, you know my treats usually have some form of chocolate included. 

But it's fall, so proper recognition must go to the pumpkin, so high in nutrients that regular consumption can aid in weight loss, boost heart health, improve eyesight, and lift your mood, which becomes especially important as the days get shorter.

These are already super simple but to save even more time,  measure out the spices ahead.

Spices like the ones below have their own nutritional value and include anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamon, for example, helps reduce high blood pressure and high triglycerides- both markers of heart disease. Like cinnamon, ginger contains antioxidants and also improves digestion and metabolism.

This recipe was inspired by one I found in Cooking Light magazine.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars

2 c old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

1/4 c finely chopped pecans

2 tbsp local honey

2 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/3 c canned pumpkin puree

Stir together oats, hemp seed, salt, all of the spices, ginger, and pecan. Add honey, vanilla, almond butter, and pumpkin, and mix again until thoroughly blended. 

Cover small, (9x8) baking sheet or baking dish (I used the tray from my toaster oven) with parchment paper and pour mixture onto tray. Using the back of a greased spatula, spread mixture until it is flat inside dish. Place into freezer for 30 minutes.

Using pizza cutter, slice mix into bars. Place into covered Pyrex dish and store in the fridge up to 7 days. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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