Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars

I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!!!Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars

I cannot express how happy I am about this recipe. Fall is my favorite food season. As I mentioned earlier, anything pumpkin or apple flavor from September-November and I am all about it. My Pinterest is filled with various pumpkin-cinnamon-apple-spice recipes. Muffins, pies, cookies, bars. Now that I have dramatically shifted my diet. The majority of those recipes are, sadly, off-limits. 😦

Or are they? Well, I was going to find out. Starting with this recipe: Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars. Oh, but that ingredient list! Brown sugar? Butter? All-Purpose FLOUR?! No bueno, folks. What’s a girl to do? Why, MAKE IT PALEO, of course! 🙂Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie BarAnd that is exactly what I did. Not only that, but I got it right on the first try. Oh yeah, check me out.

They are incredibly soft and moist. Full of pumpkin pie flavor. And similar to their original non-Paleo counterpart, they taste even better after the second day after all the flavors have combined more. Enjoy every second of these little beauties as they dance across your taste buds.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars
(makes 12 bars)
Ingredients:

1 15oz-can pumpkin
2 large eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup EnjoyLife mini chocolate chips + 2 tbsp for sprinkling
1/2 cup pack coconut palm sugar, packed
1/2 coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted + extra for greasing
2 tbsp vanilla extract
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9″x 11″ with aluminum foil, grease with coconut oil. Set aside.
2. In a large, microwave bowl, melt coconut oil for about 30 seconds on high.
3. Wait a bit so the eggs won’t cook. Then add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, vanilla, coconut palm sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and whisk until smooth.
4. Add coconut flour and still until combined.
5. Stir in 1/2 EnjoyLife mini chocolate chips.
6. Pour batter into pan and smooth lightly with spatula.
7. Evenly sprinkle extra chocolate chips on the top of batter.
8. Bake for 34-35 minutes, or until cooked. Check doneness with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean.Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie BarsPaleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars   Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip BarsI truly love Fall recipes. I am so proud of the way these turned out and I hope that I will be able to transform more delicious Fall treats into Paleo-approved delicacies! Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie Bars


What are your favorite Fall treats? What festive snack should I turn Paleo next?!

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EPIC [Turkey] Bar Review

This is gonna be EPIC!! A choice saying of mine.
So as you can imagine… with a food bar titled “EPIC”, I am all about it.

EPIC Bar is a protein-packed, Paleo, gluten-/dairy-/soy-free, and grass-fed bar created by Taylor Collins & Katie Forrest. Here is a snip-it of their story as described on their site:

Due to an ingredient label unlike anything else, EPIC epitomizes REAL food. Based on our deep-rooted evolutionary biology, EPIC specializes in creating nutrient-dense animal based protein products for people on the go. EPIC foods will always be humane, pasture centered, and most importantly, delicious. May you fill your life with epic adventure and epic health!

Sounds pretty epic if you ask me. Therefore I had to make my way on over to the nearest Whole Foods and check them out! Currently, these bars are on sale at Whole Foods for $2.29, although I didn’t catch the regular price (my apologizes). To start it out slow, I went for the turkey and beef varieties. Bison and lamb are a little risky for me, but I’m willing to test it out eventually. All I can picture is a silly cuddly lamb! Ah!EPIC Bars

Likes:
Ingredients: All of the EPIC Bar animals are vegetarian-fed, humanely treated, antibiotic-free & hormone-free. They are gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, and just an all-around awesome whole food experience.
– Convenience: It’s not always the easiest task to cart around beef, lamb, bison, or turkey, unless it’s in jerky form. This creates a great healthy alternative when you don’t have access to refrigeration for your grilled chicken breast snack. Plus, if you pair it with some fresh veggies and a fat source (almonds, anyone?), you can turn it into an emergency meal when you are hungry and need to buy groceries (which is exactly what I did).
– Philosophy: Plain and simple, I like what EPIC is about. Their take on health and importance of food (and food quality) is very well portrayed in their story, on the site, and even on the bar packaging. It makes you feel like you’re joining a movement toward better health simply by partaking in their product. It’s pretty impressive when a company can do that.

EPIC Turkey


This won’t be my last time trying EPIC Bars. All the things I really like about the company makes me want to keep trying the product. I’m definitely interested in the other varieties.

Have you tried EPIC Bars? What is your favorite flavor?

Clif Bar: Kit’s Organic Fruit + Seed Review

I am a huge fan of Larabars (Coconut Cream Pie, HELLO). I probably eat one a day, but would totally eat more if I didn’t have any willpower. I like to save one for each day and plan out which flavor I will have (which may be weird, but whatever). With that being said, I had a free coupon on hand to try a Kit’s Organic bar, made by Clif Bar, so I decided to just go for it and picked up the Cherry + Pumpkin Seed flavor.

Kit's Organic Cherry + Pumpkin Seed

Kit’s Organic bars are gluten, soy, and dairy free. They are also Certified Organic and this particular flavor boasts a mere 6 ingredients: Dates, Pumpkin Seeds, Cherries, Apples, Sea Salt, & Rosemary Extract. I loved the idea of a nice spin on a Larabar, but with all organic ingredients and the price at my Whole Foods was only $1.50 (but luckily I had my free coupon!), which is pretty close to the $1.29 Larabar. I was so intrigued by the flavors of Cherry and Pumpkin. Growing up I LOVED cherries and used to be handed a big bowl for an after-school snack, so I was excited to try it. I also purchased the Berry + Almond Fruit + Nut Bar just for the thrill of it.

Chowing on Kit's

Here are my thoughts on this particular flavor:

Likes:

– Texture: I really enjoyed that you could see all the ingredients (bits of cherry and whole pumpkin seeds) and it was still firm, but not tough to chew.

– Organic: It wasn’t too pricey for an “Organic upgrade” to Larabar

Dislikes:

 Flavor: Sad day 😦 I don’t know if it was the rosemary extract or the pumpkin seeds that did it, but the cherry was hardly noticeable to me. It seem quite overpowered by a flavor I couldn’t put my finger on. I ended up giving the rest of the bar to my sister.


Overall, I probably won’t buy this flavor again, but today I tried the Berry + Almond and had a much better experience. I enjoyed giving these bars a try, but I am still a true Larabar fan.

Although I may be turned by that Coconut Chocolate Almond flavor… Hmm….

Have you tried any Kit’s Organic Bars? What do you think of them?