Pumpkin Everything! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Bars

Once October hits, it's pumpking everything! I refer to this recipe as "bread bars" due to their consistency. The first time around, I used a bit too many wet ingredients so it didn't quite make it as bread. These bread bars are lower in sugar and carbohydrates compared to traditional pumpkin bread. I top mine with peanut butter for an added boost of protein and healthy fats - the best on the go breakfast or snack!

Ingredients:

(Makes 2 loaves of bread bars)

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

  • 2 cups pumpkin

  • 3 eggs

  • 3/4 cup applesauce

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)

  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Spray two 9X5 inch loaf pans with non-stick spray and set aside (I used olive oil).

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix eggs, applesauce, sugar, yogurt and vanilla extract.

  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips.

  6. Add batter to loaf pans and bake for 45-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutrition info for 1 bread bar (about 1 inch thick):

Calories: 92

Fat: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 14 grams

Fiber: 2 grams

Sugar: 8 grams

Protein: 3 grams

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