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A stack of 3 baked pumpkin oatmeal bars on a plate.

Baked Pumpkin Oat Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Vegan

These bars are not fancy, elaborate or decadent. They’re a basic, healthy, wholesome snack made with just 4 simple ingredients. For more of a treat, add chocolate chips and walnuts!


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Ingredients

Optional Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place the dates in a bowl, pour hot water over them and let sit for 15 minutes then drain well.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Add the soaked and drained dates, oats, spice and pumpkin to a food processor and process to combine into a thick, doughy batter. About 20-30 seconds should do the trick.
  4. If adding additional ingredients like chocolate chips or walnuts, add them now and pulse a few times to distribute throughout the dough.
  5. Lightly spray a 7-8 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper then firmly press the dough into the pan.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes then let then cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slice into 16 bars and carefully lift out the pan with a knife.
  7. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice use 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp each of ground ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. No worries if you’re missing one, just add a little extra cinnamon.

These bars aren’t super sweet as is but I think they’re sweet enough. It depends how much of a treat you want them to be. Add 2 tbsp maple syrup (or other listed sweetening option) or up to 1/2 cup chocolate chips to make them more of a treat. As an alternative to chocolate chips, add a layer of chocolate on top like these banana baked oatmeal bars.

The texture of these bars is like soft, baked oatmeal. I like adding walnuts for some extra crunch and texture.

Nutrition facts do not include any optional ingredients.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 99 calories
  • Fat: 1.2 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 19.3 grams
  • Fiber: 2.8 grams
  • Protein: 2.3 grams

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