Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's Fall, ya'll!

I don't usually say ya'll but it just felt right. I apologize. Not really. So blah blah I'm really busy blah blah but still cooking and baking blah blah. I'm the worst.

Here is a lovely recipe for delicious pumpkin oatmeal bars with a chocolate peanut butter frosting. It's super healthy with plenty of sugar. Certain to supply you with energy for raking leaves and carving pumpkins.

Also, I will be going on a haunted hay ride in the next couple weeks so will probably pee my pants. Unrelated, but still fall-like.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

What ya need:

1/2 c peanut butter

1 c pumpkin puree

2 c oats (whole rolled, not quick cook)

1 c brown sugar, packed

1/2 c white sugar

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup peanut butter chips (you could also use anything else like chocolate chips..or something equally delicious)

What ya do:

*Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir by hand.

*Spread extremely moist batter into a foil-lined and spayed 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (we baked ours for extra, the consistency is going to be very soft and don't worry you won't be poisoned and die).

*The bars may still look underdone, but that’s okay because they will continue to set up as they cool. Allow to cool before slicing.

*Suggestions for storage include the fridge or freezer if you like.

And now for the sugary goodness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

What ya need:

1 c chocolate chips

1/4 c butter/margarine

1/4 c peanut butter

2 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c powdered sugar

What ya do:

*Melt chocolate chips in microwave.

*Add and stir in next four ingredients. After all ingredients have been incorporated, stir in the powdered sugar. Continue stirring or whisk together until smooth.

-After bars have cooled, spread frosting on top and refrigerate for a long long long time! Very yummy. May also eat with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin spice lattes, or while hugging a pumpkin.

Sorry for the short and sweet post...more to come sometime soon :)

Happy eating!