In addition to pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie, try these delicious and nutritious Pumpkin Breakfast Bars! They are packed with oats, banana, flaxseed, and pumpkin! These breakfast bars are the perfect healthy sweet treat to make for your friends and family! They have a banana bread type texture and the pumpkin is subtle and not overpowering. If you're vegan, make sure you're using vegan chocolate chips. For a gluten free option, use gluten free rolled oats. And peanut butter and pumpkin you might ask? I like to add a little peanut butter when baking with pumpkin. It's delicious!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray and line an 11x7 baking dish with parchment paper.
Using a food processor, pulse together the rolled oats until ground. They do not have to be ground fine; it's ok to keep some texture. Remove from the food processor and into a mixing bowl. Add in the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flaxseed meal and cinnamon. Mix together and set aside.
Using a separate large mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork (it doesn't have to be completely smooth) and add in the vanilla, pumpkin, maple syrup and peanut butter. Mix until combined and somewhat smooth.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix, using a rubber spatula, until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Carefully pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread so it's smooth. Sprinkle on a handful of extra chocolate chips and some sliced almonds. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.