This flourless pumpkin bread is the perfect recipe for a nutritious and wholesome breakfast.
Made from oats instead of flour, this pumpkin bread recipe contains fiber and protein to help you stay fuller for longer.
It is easy to make, flourless, and has a perfectly moist texture.
With just one food processor, you'll be able to make this flourless healthy pumpkin bread in just 30 minutes with a few staple ingredients.
Why you'll love this Flourless Pumpkin Bread
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Variations and Additions
I love adding texture and flavor by folding in a handful of chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds. The nutty crunch complements the creamy pumpkin and banana perfectly.
Speaking of texture, I also love adding dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped dried apricots for bursts of natural sweetness and a chewy texture.
Finish these oat bars with a pinch of citrus zest (orange or lemon) at the end of baking to brighten the flavors and provide a refreshing contrast.
Serve these bars with a dollop of Greek yogurt to add additional protein and creaminess.
What makes this recipe healthy?
This recipe is packed with fiber from the oats which can help promote heart health by helping to lower cholesterol levels.
These bars provide sustained energy and help with digestion, making them an excellent choice for breakfast.
Low Refined Sugar
The recipe emphasizes the use of natural sweetness from bananas and a touch of maple syrup, minimizing reliance on refined sugars.
Between bananas, pumpkin, and oats, these bars pack a range of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Place the bars in an airtight container and refrigerate. This can extend their shelf life to about 5-7 days. Keep in mind that refrigeration might slightly dry these bars out, making them firmer the longer they are in the fridge.
If you've made a larger batch or want to have bars on hand for the future, freeze them individually. Wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap or place parchment paper between them to prevent sticking.
Store the wrapped bars in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
Thaw frozen bars in the refrigerator overnight or quickly warm them up in the microwave or toaster oven.
Healthy Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal Bars
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup mashed banana
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup of dark chocolate chopped
Preheat the Oven:
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or line an 9x5" baking dish with parchment paper.
Process the Ingredients:
- In a food processor, combine the oats, pumpkin puree, mashed bananas, tahini, maple syrup, eggs, and pumpkin spice. Process on high for 30-60 seconds. Be careful not to overproccess as the mixture will be gummy.
Transfer to Baking Dish:
- Pour the processed batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to evenly spread and level the mixture.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. You'll know the bars are ready when the edges turn golden brown, and the center is set. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
Cool and Slice:
- Once baked, remove the baking dish from the oven. Let the bars cool in the dish for about 10-15 minutes. Then, carefully lift the bars out using the parchment paper and transfer them to a cutting board to cool completely.
Cut into Bars:
- After the bars have completely cooled, use a sharp knife to cut them into your desired size and shape.
Serve and Store:
- Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I replace the eggs to make this recipe vegan?
Yes. Swap the eggs with flax or chia eggs (1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoon water for each egg) to create a vegan-friendly version of these bars.
Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin puree?
Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin, but it might require some additional steps. Roast or steam the pumpkin until tender, then blend it into a smooth puree before using it in the recipe.
How do I know when the bars are fully baked?
The bars are done when the edges turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Be sure not to overbake, as this can make them dry.
Can I omit the maple syrup or use a different sweetener?
Yes, you can adjust the sweetener to your preference. You can use honey, agave nectar, or a sugar substitute if desired.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe gluten-free friendly. Make sure you use certified gluten-free oats and ensure that all ingredients, including spices and mix-ins, are gluten-free.
Can I add protein powder to the recipe?
Yes, you can incorporate protein powder to boost the protein content. However, this might affect the texture, so consider adjusting the liquid content accordingly.
Are these bars suitable for kids?
Absolutely! These bars are kid-friendly due to their natural sweetness and wholesome ingredients. They can be a great addition to school lunches or snacks.
Can I use a different nut or seed butter instead of tahini?
Yes, you can substitute tahini with almond butter, all natural peanut butter, cashew butter, or any other nut or seed butter of your choice.
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