Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

23 Oct

You know what really sucks? Disappointment. It’s not the end of the world of course. It’s not the worst thing. But when someone says to you “I’m sorry miss, we don’t carry that brand of hair product anymore.” (It’s not like I considered it liquid gold or anything, no biggie. I’m not freaking out right now and drowning my sorrows in a giant bowl of sweet and salty popcorn).

When you’re waiting to meet the guy your friends set you up with who comes highly recommended and then you see him in real life…

That, my friends, is disappointment. It just plain sucks.

I find that baking leads to disappointment sometimes…you try out a new recipe..it sounds good….you start to imagine what it’ll look like in your head…

I had GREAT expectations for this recipe. For some reason, I was hoping it would turn out like a moist oatmeal cookie except in bar form. I should have known better.

Don’t get me wrong, the outcome was more than delicious. I ate more than what I should have…these squares are moist and and perfect for a breakfast or midday snack if you’re looking for a chocolate fix as well. They just disappointed me a little…I really REALLY wanted a chewy oatmeal ridden mouthful of baked goodness. These are more of a cakey oatmeal ridden mouthful of baked goodness.

Oh well, make these anyway. They have great flavour and ’tis the season for pumpkin!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Squares

6 oz. canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat or 50/50 flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup whole oats
1/2 – 3/4 cup of chocolate chips (or pecans if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar and butter.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, & salt.
Mix in oats and chocolate chips.
Add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix well.
Spray an 8″ square pan with non stick cooking spray.
Spread evening into bottom of the pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until brown on top.
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