Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Makes 16 bars
My friend Devorah sent me these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars, gluten-free and vegan!

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups oats
1 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (reduce/increase to taste)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (reduce/increase to taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Optional: Add raisins, nuts, chocolate/white/peanut butter chips to the mixture. I’d suggest starting with 1/3 to 1/2 c and going from there based on taste preference.

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a foil-lined 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan.

Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir by hand. Spread batter (it will be pretty moist) into prepared pan.

Bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. The bars may still look underdone, but that’s ok because they will continue to set up as they cool. Allow to cool very well before slicing. Store extras in the refrigerator or freeze.

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