Pumpkin Granola Date Bark
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I have been seeing a LOT of recipes for either granola bark or date bark this season, and they all look absolutely delicious! I'm currently at the end of my pregnancy, so I've been trying to up my date consumption! I'm always on the hunt for recipes that use a lot of dates! This recipe began forming in my brain after I saw that Trader Joe's sells pumpkin bark this time of year! And I thought "I can make that better!"
This recipe uses a lot of good whole ingredients that make me feel good about what I'm putting in my body! The granola has plenty of nuts and seeds and pumpkin of course! Dates are incredibly nourishing to the body, and chocolate is good for the soul! This recipe is the perfect little snack as it's full of good proteins and plenty of fiber. It's PERFECT alongside a hot cup of coffee!
Pumpkin Granola Date Bark
Time to Prepare: 1 hour Serving Size: 60 squares Number of Ingredients: 12
Microwave safe bowl or double boiler
2 1/2 cups of oatmeal
1 cup of either walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cups of pumpkin puree
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package of dates (about 5 cups)
2 cups of chocolate chips
1. Heat up your skillet on medium heat. Begin melting the butter.
2. Mix together oats, nuts, and chia seeds. Add to the pan and begin stirring to incorporate.
3. After the butter is well incorporated into the other ingredients, add the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla.
4. Stir continuously for about 10 minutes.
5. Lay a sheet of parchment paper and spoon granola out of the skillet onto the paper.
6. Lay an additional sheet of parchment paper over the top of the granola and begin flattening with a rolling pin. The granola should be between 1/4 and 1/2 inches thick. This step must be done while the granola is still hot as it will begin to harden as it cools.
7. While the granola cools, remove pits from the dates and lay them on a sheet of parchment paper. Add an additional sheet of parchment paper over top, and begin flattening the dates with the rolling pin. As you roll and flatten the dates, trim the edges and add the small trimmings to any gaps in the center, so you get a solid sheet of dates.
8. Once you're satisfied with the dates, carefully flip the parchment paper with the dates over on top of the granola (with the parchment paper remaining on top), and roll out with the rolling pin to help the two stick together.
9. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler. If using a microwave, be sure to stir every 30 seconds or so to prevent burning.
10. Pour the melted chocolate over the dates and spread evenly.
11. Sprinkle pepitas and sea salt on the melted chocolate.
12. Set in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the chocolate to fully cool and harden.
13. Once the chocolate is cool, cut into squares and enjoy!
And that’s it! This recipe is both delicious and packed full of nutrients! It’s perfect for the fall season! Let me know if you tried this recipe and what you think!
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