These healthy pumpkin bars with chocolate chips are made with whole wheat pastry flour and less oil than traditional pumpkin bars! You’ll love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate.
Everywhere you look there’s something pumpkin flavored this time of year. I’m a pumpkin lover so this works in my favor. Naturally I take advantage of the season by indulging in all things pumpkin and last night I came up with another favorite recipe to add to my collection – pumpkin bars with chocolate chunks!
If you only make one pumpkin flavored thing this fall, these chocolate chip pumpkin bars should definitely be it. They’re like pumpkin bread, but in bar form. They have the perfect amount of spice and the dark chocolate adds a rich sweetness to each bite.
Seriously, they are so good! I literally couldn’t keep my hands off them and ate one with every meal on Friday – including breakfast. Luckily I took most of them to Isaac’s parents’ house for dessert on Friday night so they won’t be sitting around tempting me anymore.
Although indulging in these bars isn’t so bad because they really are healthy pumpkin bars! Not only is pumpkin high in fiber and vitamins but I only used one Tablespoon of oil and substituted natural apple sauce and fat-free Greek yogurt for the rest of the fat. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white and dark chocolate instead of milk. Gotta love getting your antioxidants in the form of dark chocolate!
Ingredients in Healthy Pumpkin Bars
whole wheat pastry flour
pumpkin pie spice
coconut sugar – or brown sugar works too!
pumpkin puree – make sure you pick up canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
dark chocolate chips
Why Use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?
Whole wheat pastry flour is ground more finely than regular whole wheat flour so it makes lighter baked goods. If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour at your local grocery store you can simply use all-purpose flour or a blend of 1 cup of whole wheat and 1 cup of all-purpose. It might change the consistency of the bars a little bit, but I think it should work fine.
Pumpkin Bar Recipe
Start by mixing your dry ingredients together: the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate large bowl, mix your wet ingredients: applesauce, yogurt, coconut oil, egg whites, vanilla and coconut sugar. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Slowly add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour dough into a greased baking dish and top with additional chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be patient and let the bars cool completely then cut and enjoy!
Love this recipe? Try some of my other healthy pumpkin recipes too!