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MCLV Mange: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

As I warned you in my September Round-Up the MCLV kitchen is in full pumpkin mode. Towards the top of the list were these delicious looking Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from Ambitious Kitchen.


Using her great recipe as my inspiration I threw together these almond based bars that are quick, easy, and delicious. Basically my three favorite things in life! You can easily substituted ingredients to utilize what you have on hand, and during the non-pumpkin parts of the year – Sob – You can use additional applesauce or pureed fruit in lieu of the canned or fresh pumpkin.


  • 2.5 Cups Almond Meal or Gluten-Free Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Ground Cloves
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin {Canned Pumpkin – Not Pie Filling}
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetener {I used maple syrup, but brown sugar is quite tasty}
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate or Carob Chips


  • Set oven for 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients. Combine.
  • Add in chocolate/carob chips & pour into greased 9×9 pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. To test readiness insert a knife into the center, if it comes out clean you’re all set!
  • Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.


I like my baked goods this time of year to have a certain spicy richness to them so I went heavy on the spices the second time I made this recipe and it was delicious. Add some ginger & a touch more of the cloves and you’re practically eating Christmas!

Want to make this an even healthier version? Or throw together a breakfast bar for the perfect morning treat? Swap out two cups of almond meal for 1.5 cups of oats {so you’re using a 1/2 cup of almond meal AND 1.5 cups of oats} and skip the sweetener – The fruit will give you the perfect amount of sweetness.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

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