Super moist pumpkin spice oatmeal bars that are healthy, fluffy, and perfect for Fall! Made with oat flour, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup, these pumpkin oat bars are the perfect gluten free, dairy free, and nut free breakfast, snack, and dessert.
Pumpkin spice oatmeal bars
Pumpkin spice recipes are essential in the Fall. And these super moist and fluffy pumpkin oatmeal bars are the perfect autumn breakfast, snack, and dessert recipe.
Honestly, healthy pumpkin bars are a must bake. They have the perfect moist texture and taste like a pumpkin spice latte. Everyone will just love these simple and easy-to-make oat bars!
I love baking a batch over the weekend and enjoying a square (or three) throughout the week. They are the perfect snack to munch on while I am curled up on the couch with some spiced tea or hot cocoa.
Why you’ll love these healthy pumpkin bars:
I love how fluffy and moist these oatmeal bars are. They satisfy my sweet tooth but are also healthy and taste like a pumpkin latte or pumpkin pie. Here is why you will love this recipe:
- Pumpkin spice is the perfect fall flavor.
- Naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
- Moist, light & fluffy.
- Top with chocolate chips or nuts.
- Perfect for kids.
- Easy snack, breakfast & dessert.
Ingredients healthy pumpkin oat bars
I love recipes that only call on simple ingredients. For these gluten free pumpkin bars, you’ll need 10 ingredients. Here is a list of ingredients you need for these healthy pumpkin oatmeal bars:
- Eggs: use 2 eggs to help bind the oatmeal bars together.
- Pumpkin puree: add in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling).
- Maple syrup: next, add in 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup give these bars the perfect natural sweetness.
- Coconut sugar: plus 1/4 cup of coconut sugar; this is a refined sugar free sweetner!
- Coconut oil: to keep these pumpkin spice bars super moist, add in 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil.
- Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavor goes a long way.
- Oat flour: add in 2/3 cups of homemade oat flour to make these bars super fluffy; plus, oat flour makes these pumpkin bars free of refined flour and gluten free.
- Rolled oats: next, add 3/4 cup of gluten-free or regular oats old-fashioned rolled oats for the best texture.
- Pumpkin pie spice: for flavoring, we are using pumpkin spice, also called pumpkin pie spice; add 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin spice to get all those delicious Fall flavors.
- Baking soda: to help these bars rise properly, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Baking soda is NOT the same as baking powder.
- Chocolate chips: I love adding 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips in my bars to satisfy all those chocolate cravings. You can also use pecans, walnuts, or almonds!
Ingredient substitution suggestions
I love this recipe as is, but if you need to substitute an ingredient or two, here is a list of the best ingredient swaps:
- Coconut sugar: swap out with light brown sugar.
- Coconut oil: use melted butter or a natural oil like sunflower oil or even olive oil.
- Rolled oats: you can use quick oats here, but the texture will be softer. Do not use steel cut oats.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: use 1 teaspoon of cinnamon + 1 teaspoon of all spice + 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves.
- Add nuts: add in chopped pecans or walnuts, or swap them out for the chocolate chips.
Kitchen tools used
You only need four everyday kitchen tools to make the best ever pumpkin oatmeal bars. Here are exactly the tools you’ll need:
- 8×8 Baking Pan
- Parchment Paper
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Measuring tools: 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/2 cup.
How to make healthy pumpkin oatmeal bars
Healthy pumpkin bars come together in three easy steps. We start by whisking the wet ingredients, then adding in the dry ingredient, and finally, we bake them. Here are step by step instructions on how to make oatmeal pumpkin bars:
First, preheat your oven to 350ºF and line or grease an 8×8 pan with parchment.
Next, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut sugar, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
Finally, pour the batter it into the lined pan and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
Bake them for 24 – 26 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the bars are fluffy and golden.
Let the bars cool completely before cutting in and enjoy your pumpkin spice bars!
My favorite pumpkin breakfast recipe
These bars are my favorite on the go breakfast. I love having a tray of these ready to go for busy mornings. They are made with healthy and nutritious ingredients that will fuel you and keep you full! And if you are not into chocolate for breakfast, just swap the chocolate chips out for chopped walnuts or pecans. It’s like Fall in a baked good 🙂
Are pumpkin bars healthy?
Yes! These pumpkin bars are absolutely healthy. Pumpkin oat bars are made with simple ingredients that are good for you. They are full of whole grains and are made gluten free and refined sugar free. Since they are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and a dash of coconut sugar, these bars are definitely healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to enjoy pumpkin oatmeal bars with?
There are so many great options for how to elevate these pumpkin bars to the next level. I love topping them with some peanut butter or almond butter, Greek yogurt, or butter in the morning. If you want to make them into an even better dessert you can serve them with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream topping and eat them like pumpkin pie!
How do you make homemade oat flour?
Homemade oat flour is so easy to prepare. All you need to do is take rolled oats and blend them until you have a flour-like consistency. To make 1 cup of oat flour, you will need to blend about 1.5 cups of rolled oats.
Pumpkin puree vs pumpkin pie filling
This recipe calls for pumpkin puree or “canned pumpkin,” NOT pumpkin pie filling. The difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling is that pumpkin puree is just pureed pumpkin with no additional ingredients. Pumpkin pie filling typically has many spices and added sugars.
Can I freeze pumpkin bars?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze pumpkin oatmeal bars. Once you make them, let them cool COMPLETELY and then place them into freezer safe containers or bags. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you are ready to enjoy, heat them in the oven at 350°F for 5 – 10 minutes or microwave for 45 seconds for the best results!
How to store leftovers
I love this recipe because it is perfect to make and store throughout the week. Simply store leftover pumpkin spice bars in an airtight container or cover the original baking pan with aluminum foil. Store at room temperature for 3 – 4 days. Either enjoy them at room temperature or place them in the microwave for 20 seconds to warm.
If you loved this healthy Fall recipe, here are other ones to check out….
Need some more healthier, easy, and simple Fall & pumpkin recipes? Here are some of my favorite Healthful Blondie recipes to try out….
- Healthy Pumpkin Spice Blondies
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cups
- Healthy Pumpkin Spice Brownies (vegan)
- Healthy Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
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Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup pumpkin puree, 150g
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup oat flour, homemade* see notes
- ¾ cup rolled oats, gluten-free or regular
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line or grease an 8×8 pan with parchment and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut sugar, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
- Add in homemade oat flour, rolled oats, pumpkin spice, and baking soda. Mix and gently fold in chocolate chips.
- Evenly pour batter into the lined pan and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 24 – 26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and bars are golden brown.
- Let cool before cutting into bars and enjoy!
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