These healthy pumpkin oat bars are the perfect recipe to make for a simple breakfast or easy snack! Made with whole wheat flour and chocolate chips or raisins for extra sweetness.
We love everything pumpkin in our house. Especially when it is fall and the air is turning cooler, I basically demand that we have pumpkin spice in some form in every corner of our house. Breakfast bars? Pumpkin. Candles? Pumpkin. Dessert? Pumpkin. Safe to say I am obsessed with fall flavors (and smells!).
And so making easy pumpkin breakfast recipes that also double as healthy snacks is absolutely key for my happiness in fall. That’s where these healthy pumpkin oat bars come in.
They are thick and chewy from the oats, yet soft and fluffy from the flour. The ingredients are all simple, dairy free, and healthy enough that you can eat them for breakfast. Not a fan of chocolate for breakfast? Swap raisins or nuts!
Fall pumpkin recipes
Since it’s pumpkin week over here, we’ve been diving face first into all of the best healthy pumpkin recipes that you need to make this fall. Tom might never want to see pumpkin flavored stuff again after these last few weeks, but let me tell you, I won’t ever get sick of it.
We’ve got the best lineup this fall recipes line up this year: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bites, pumpkin chili… it’s going to be a good one!
Ingredients in pumpkin oat bars
- this recipe calls for instant oats, but you can also use rolled, however they will be heartier and hold together better with instant oats.
- we also use whole wheat flour in this recipe. Feel free to replace with regular all purpose flour, a gluten free 1:1 flour, or white whole wheat. They have been tested with oat flour and it is too crumbly, so stick with one of these!
- pumpkin puree makes baked goods moist and have the authentic fall flavors when mixed with pumpkin pie spice. You’ll need both for this recipe to really channel fall.
- coconut sugar is one of my favorite healthier sugars to bake with for it’s low-glycemic factor. You can get it at any regular grocery store or you can substitute with brown sugar.
- coconut oil is one of my favorite healthier fats to bake with because if you buy refined, there is no taste and it helps keep our baked goods moist.
- eggs are needed in this recipe to help hold everything together. You can try a flax egg in order to make these vegan. Be sure to let us know if you try.
- we love to use chocolate chips in this recipe, but raisins, craisins, nuts, and white chocolate are also great ideas to really elevate these pumpkin oat bars!
How to make pumpkin oat bars
When looking to make desserts, I need something that is quick and not overly complicated. That’s where these pumpkin oat bars come in because all you need is less than thirty minutes and you’ve got an incredible healthy fall dessert.
You’ll start by whisking together your whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice into a small bowl.
When all mixed together, add the dry ingredients into the bowl and stir the two together. Next comes time for the mix-ins (aka chocolate chips for me since I will take any excuse to eat chocolate!).
Pour the batter into a greased 8×8 pan and then bake! It will be pretty thick, so use the back of a spatula to get it flat. Top with more chocolate chips if desired.
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- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl mix together flour, oats, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl beat pumpkin, coconut oil, coconut sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.
- Add dry ingredients into wet and stir well. Then add in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared pan; spreading evenly with a rubber spatula.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
- Store on counter for up to 5 days or freezer for longer.
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