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Pumpkin Bars with Oat Crust October 9, 2008

Filed under: Dessert,Holiday,Pumpkin — xigumdrops @ 8:16 pm
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What to do with that leftover pumpkin?  Pumpkin bars!  I love fruit bars as they are so simple to make and always really delicious.  Man are these really good and just different enough from a classic pumpkin pie recipe.  Too bad there is a butter overload.  Changes in green.


1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats


1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon soda

3/4 cup butter, room temperature  (Less 2 tablespoons)


2 cups pumpkin puree (16 ounce can)

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice *


1.  Combine oats, flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 teaspoon salt, the baking soda, and the butter; beat until mixture is crumbly. Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and press remaining mixture into a lightly buttered 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.

2.  Prepare filling. Beat filling ingredients until well blended and smooth. Spread filling over the crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Return to oven and bake 25 minutes longer. Cool and cut into bars.



* recipe for pumpkin pie spice is as follows:

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice



2 Responses to “Pumpkin Bars with Oat Crust”

  1. Lisa Says:

    These look great!

  2. Cooki Says:

    Love your blog! I used to live in SJ! You pictures all look good enough to eat! hehe

    I was linked here from the Platinum Chef Challenge #9 and you were the winner. So I was just wondering if you’ll be posting your ingredients for the next challenge soon.

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