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  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

Ingredients

3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal (I used gluten-free thick cut oats)
1 cup all-natural pumpkin puree
1 cup all-natural peanut butter, or almond butter
2/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
4-6 Tbsp. ground flax seeds (if ‘dough’ seems too wet, then I add more ground flax, if it’s too dry, add less…start with a smaller quantity)
1 cup small chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, chopped peanuts, coconut flakes, or any combination of mix-ins that equal 1 cup total
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (You could use dark chocolate/cacao pieces, or just skip them altogether.)

Directions

Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl until very thoroughly mixed. Roll into balls of about 1″ in diameter (mine were a bit larger).