Does that say bean bars? Yes. These energy bars' main source of protein comes from great northern beans, which is just one of the reasons I love them! I've tried plenty of oats and nut butter combinations, but I like to mix things up every now and then! So I've added these to our "energy snack" rotation and no one is complaining. I recently took some on a trip to share with a friend as we hiked, and they serve as a great travel snack as well.
1 15-oz. can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats (old-fashioned or quick)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oat bran
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor (I used my Vitamix), combine the beans, pumpkin, syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and blend until very smooth. Add the flour and pulse to combine. Add the oats and pulse to combine. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add the oat bran and chocolate chips and stir until everything is mixed in.
Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Spread the mixture in the pan (it will be thick). Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Let cool in the pan and then cut into bars. Remove from the pan, and store in the refrigerator. If you don't think you'll eat them all within a few days, wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them moist for longer.
slightly modified from a recipe found in the Penzeys Winter Magazine.