Today's recipe comes from the super talented Celine Steen. She is half of the mastermind whirlwind (along with Joni Newman) behind The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, and 500 Vegan Recipes. She also blogs at Have Cake, Will Travel, sharing amazing recipes and taking beautiful pictures of them. With her talent, it's no wonder I was drawn to one of her recipes.
Keeping seasonal and working with the pumpkin I opened yesterday for the spiced latte, I chose to make her Pumpkin Molasses bars.
Alright, so mine are a little more rustic looking than Celine's, but they were definitely delicious. This recipe was actually made at a perfect time. I almost always have all the ingredients on hand (besides pumpkin, which I knew I had) but this recipe used up exactly the last of my molasses, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and oats! I don't know why that made me so happy to get rid of it all, since I'll just need to buy more. Must be the OCD in me, but whatever!
I like that these aren't super sweet, and with all the oats and molasses, I feel pretty healthy eating one. They aren't too much to look at but the little jewley cranberries in them cheer them up a bit. They have a chewy texture that G likened to a Larabar.
As Celine notes, they're pretty adaptable. If I made them again (after stocking back up on pantry supplies, obv) I'd probably add some walnuts and orange zest.
Go check out some of her beautiful photos and the recipes, or pick up one of the books. OR take a chance at Lacey's giveaway! She is very generously giving away one of the Joni/Celine books and letting you pick which one you'd like! Check it out.