Pumpkin Oat Bars

Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal

For the first year maybe ever, I am seriously considering starting to put up some Christmas decorations soon. I know, totally crazy, right? I don’t know what it is, it’s just fun for the girls and they like the lights. I’m not ready for the tree yet, but I know I’m still kind of nuts. We get to enjoy both Thanksgiving and Christmas here at home this year so I want to take full advantage of being home and not having to travel and just enjoy every second!

Though I’m ready for some holiday fun, I’m still enjoying all things Fall and pumpkin, per usual. I actually first made these Pumpkin Oat Bars back in August and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post them!

Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal

I’m loving these oat bars for breakfast, snacks, or healthier dessert. They are made with oats, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and sweetened with maple syrup instead of tons of sugar making them a tad healthier than other snack or dessert bars. Of course, the chocolate chips make them extra special!

I personally find these to be sweet enough with the maple syrup and chocolate chips. If you want to make them sweeter, you can also add a little bit of brown sugar. I have also been making these and freezing them and they hold up really well! I like being able to grab one from the freezer and enjoy it slightly warmed in the microwave!

Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal

Pumpkin Oat Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup*
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 square baking dish or pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, salt, spices, and baking soda until well-combined. Create a well in the center. Add in the coconut oil, eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir until everything is just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and spread into an even layer. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until set in the center. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Cut into bars.

I feel these bars are sweet enough with the maple syrup and chocolate chips, however, if you want them to be sweeter, add about 1/4 cup brown sugar in with the dry ingredients.

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Pumpkin Oat Bars, Oatmeal