Pumpkin Spice Chia Bars

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Recipes | 0 comments

So I have been experimenting with making my own chia bars lately. I love having healthy and nutritious snacks on hand that I can take with me to work, or grab after a workout or between meals.  When I had an open can of pumpkin purée from my pumpkin cooking extravaganza, I thought why not try some pumpkin spice chia bars too? They turned out better than I even dared!

For this recipe I combined chia seeds, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, maple syrup, walnuts and mini chocolate chips into a delightful and extremely satisfying treat.  They were a bit sticky, so I put them in the dehydrator for an hour to firm up a bit; but you could also just let them air dry for a while too. I had some melted chocolate left over from some chocolates I had made earlier in the day, so dabbed a bit of that on top of some of them, which turned them from being amazing, to being just over-the-top good! 

And as an added bonus, these are the simplest things in the world to make. 

Pumpkin Chia Bars

Yum!

Pumpkin Spice Chia Bars
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pumpkin purée
  2. 10 medjool dates (Soak in hot water for 10 mins if not already soft)
  3. 2 tbsps maple syrup (or to taste)
  4. 1 cup chia seeds
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. ¼ tsp nutmeg
  7. ¼ tsp salt
  8. 2 tbsps mini chocolate chips (optional)
  9. ¼ cup pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add pumpkin purée, dates and maple syrup to a food processor or blender and process or blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the chia seeds, chocolate chips, walnuts, and spices and stir to combine.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb some of the moisture and the mixture to firm up.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out mixture and shape as desired.
  5. Dehydrate for about an hour (my dehydrator doesn't have a temperature gauge) or let them air dry for a while to firm up even more.
  6. Store in the fridge.
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