Have you ever gotten a measuring cup and filled it with chocolate chips straight from the freezer and enjoyed each tiny one with pure delight? Oh, I am the only one??
My love for chocolate is strong. My love for pumpkin is fierce. Combine the two and it’s a match made in heaven. I think the angels eat these bars for snacks. Maybe this is what manna tastes like. I digress.
Let’s talk about the way to make these squares of happiness and delight!
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s RedMill one-for-one)
- 1 cup Enjoy Life semisweet chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons
Combine the coconut oil, egg, pumpkin, sugar until well-mixed in a medium bowl. Add vanilla and spices. Add in your gluten-free flour. It will be thick, it’s okay! Don’t panic! Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. Line an 8X8 baking pan with foil and spread in the bar batter. Use a spoon or knife or your hands (wash them first, please!) to evenly spread. Sprinkle on the reserved 2 tablespoons of chips.
Bake for 32 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them sit for 30 minutes. Really. This is critical for the flavors to reach their ultimate potential. Don’t skip!!
If you can somehow prevent your family and friends and yourself from eating this whole pan, they are even better on day 2!