As I type up this post, I’m sad I don’t have one of these bars to snack on right now after having a doctor come to our house to draw blood then blew my vein. I’ve never even said ‘blew a vein’ before today. So yeah, an oat bar sounds quite comforting right now. I’ve never had someone blow my vein before, which sounds weird say in the first place, but he definitely did. The area around my vein blew up like a golf ball and felt like a goose egg you get when you run into a wall as a child. I ran into so many walls as a child. I know you’re not surprised. Luckily I had nurses on my side on instagram to let me know I wasn’t dying and it was just simply blood pooling into my body and bruising. Are you hungry yet?
Great! Let’s talk about oat bars instead of blood! I had a woman yell at me on instagram the other day for sharing a recipe with oats because it’s not paleo and my name is paleomg, which I totally get. And luckily I have thousands of other paleo recipes to choose from. But I started adding oats back into my diet after 8 years of not eating them and I personally feel great! Which means I want to share those recipes here, as well. They may not be strictly paleo, but they are absolutely delicious. And the best part about being an adult human is that you get to decide what you eat and what you don’t eat. So if oats don’t work for you, then don’t eat this recipe. How simple is that?!
But wait, let’s go back to the doctor stuff, minus the blood. We had a doc this morning come to the house because we are officially growing up and getting life insurance. A few months back, at the start of Covid, my friend told me this really heartbreaking story about one of her family friends passing away out of nowhere. I know, you hate reading this blog post by now for so many reasons, but bear with me. The husband left behind a wife and children who were completely blindsided. So sad and I hope she’s doing ok through this. Seriously. But being the selfish person I am, I immediately wondered what it would look like if that happened to either of us. We don’t have kids in the mix, but you still want to make sure your spouse is fine if your soul decides to leave this earth earlier than planned. So we started to put a plan in place to get our life insurance going. We are officially adults. Who knew being an adult was so lame? Fun, but so lame. Anywho, I’m going to go bake my feelings.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 bars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk/mix together pumpkin puree, nut butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then fold in oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Lastly, fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into the grease baking dish, spread out evenly, then place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes, until cooked through in the middle. Then cut into bars and serve up! They are DELIGHTFUL when served warm!
*If it is a dry almond butter or other seed butter, the oat bars can get a bit dry after baking
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