Need Help - Pumpkin Energy Bars
Been having a craving for some pumpkin, random time of year, but after being disappointed by the pumpkin spice Clif Bar energy bars (lacking pumpkin flavor) I've been trying to search out a easy to make pumpkin energy bar recipe - using preferably low amounts of butter and more influence from oats. My teammate and I have come up with an awesome energy bar recipe which is basically:
3 cups rolled oats
1 can sweetened condenced milk,
1 cup chopped nuts/chocolate/dried fruits
1 cup coconut
we press it into a baking pan and voila wicked energy bars. Basically I'm hoping someone can help me adapt this into a pumpkin recipe using pumpkin puree, instead of the coconut....
I was thinking about swapping the milk and coconut for pumpkin puree and eggs, but think it will be way to wet. Any suggestions?
I make Ellie Krieger's energy bars all the time, and she uses 2 eggs and 1/4 cup of maple syrup as binding agents. She also uses dried non-fat milk instead of condensed. They are delicious!
Not sure about adapting that recipe, but I often make the Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies recipe from the top of the Quaker Oats box, but substitute mashed banana for the butter. I bet that would also work if you did pumpkin puree. I usually hold back on some of the sugar and use whole wheat flour for some of the white flour. Also, I would add a bit of pumpkin pie spice, because that will give you flavors that you associate with pumpkin, so will highlight the pumpkin flavor.