Thanksgiving pumpkin chocolate chip bars

In our high-tech world nothing is more appreciated than something homemade. I'm going to an early Thanksgiving pot-luck and I'm making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. This dessert has mass appeal. Those who are lactose intolerant will like it because its dairy-free. Vegans will like it because there is no dairy. Chocolate lovers will appreciate the chocolate components. It's a little healthier than those typical holiday killer brownies as it has pumpkin in it, which technically is a vegetable. 

I've seen many versions of this recipe but this one works for me. This recipe is free of dairy, wheat, eggs, soy and peanuts.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars


2 cups garbanzo bean flour

1 TBS pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp baking soda

2/3 cup of coconut oil (walnut or canola oil works well too)

1 ΒΌ sugar

1 TBS flax seed meal

3 TBS water

2 TBS vanilla extract

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 12-oz bag of vegan (dairy-free) chocolate chips  

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9 x 13" pan with foil and leave an overhang of foil on the sides.

In one big bowl whisk together flour, pie spice, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In an even bigger bowl, mix oil and sugar, then add the vanilla, water, flax seed and pumpkin puree. Add in the flour mixture and chips. 

Spread evenly in your lined pan. Bake until sides are slightly golden. Approximately, 40 minutes to an hour depending on your oven. You want to see if you can pull a clean toothpick from the center.

Cool in pan completely and lift using the overhang of foil. Cut and serve.

I like baking with garbanzo bean flour. The lentil flours are naturally gluten-free and also a bit more moist than rice fours. You can adjust this recipe by using semi-sweet chocolate chips (note: contains traces of dairy) or carob chips. If you don't have a nut allergy you can always add a few well chopped walnuts or pecans. For the serious sweet tooth you could top with frosting, or sprinkle some cocoa powder or do a little mix of sprinkled powdered sugar and cinnamon.

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