[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ealthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars

Fall is full of delicious flavors, but finding healthy ways to prepare traditional favorites can be a challenge. These soft and chewy oatmeal pumpkin bars are gluten-free, sugar-free, and are one of the tastiest treats you’ll find all autumn! Whether you enjoy them for breakfast or dessert, they’re sure to become a new favorite.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Makes: 9 bars

1 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. rice flour
1/2 c. tapioca flour
1/2 tsp. guar gum
3/4 c. zen sweet or regular sugar
1/4 c. palm oil shortening
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1 whole egg
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 c. raisins, cranberries or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400F. Line an 8″ by 8″ baking dish with parchment paper.

In a bowl combine all the ingredients except the raisins (or substitute). Mix until completely smooth.

Stir raisins into the batter.

Pour batter into baking dish. Bake at 400F for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.