Upgraded Trader Joes Pumpkin Bars

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I was at Trader Joe’s last week when I saw a box of Pumpkin Bar baking mix. For only $2.99 I thought, what the heck? I took a look at the ingredients and decided I was going to mix things up a bit. Instead of using one (1) stick of butter which is what the recipe called for, I tried 1/4 cup of coconut oil and some water instead. Additionally, I used organic brown eggs and threw in some dark chocolate chips and pecans. Mmm, were they good!

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IMG_9424Ingredients

  • Box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bar baking mix
  • 2 organic brown eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 8x8x2 baking pan w/ cooking spray (I use olive oil spray).
  3. Remove baking mix bag from box. Empty contents into a mixing bowl.
  4. Crack the eggs and throw them into a separate bowl.
  5. Whisk the melted (or room temperature) coconut oil, water + eggs together.
  6. Slow take wet ingredients and mix them into the bowl with the baking mix. Stir until there are little to no lumps.
  7. Fold in the dark chocolate chips and pecans.
  8. Spread dough into pan, spreading it out evenly.
  9. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out of the bars clean.

I enjoyed my bars warm with a nice big glass of almond milk!

Happy Friday!

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