by Olena

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!

Made these healthy pumpkin bars 3 times in a week. First batch was gone in less than 24 hours – bars are that good! Second batch went as fast. Third one lived long enough to photograph.

I don’t cook a ton with pumpkin, so when I do the end result better be worth my time. These bars are easy, moist, a little bit crumbly and super filling thanks to almonds and oatmeal.  After you eat one or two you won’t be hungry for a while.

I do foresee some questions and comments.:)

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!

Can I Substitute Sugar with Honey?

I used 1/2 cup of cane sugar for a reason that a can of pumpkin puree adds a lot of moisture to the recipe. In fact, so much you don’t need any oil. That’s fantastic, however if you add liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup, batter will become even more runny and will require more dry ingredients to absorb them. Which throws off teh recipe completely.

You can use coconut sugar as well. The above mentioned sugars are as good as honey, in my opinion. There is a lot of information about healthy types of sugars you can google but we won’t get into that right now.

Short answer is “no”.

Can I Use Different Flour?

OK. Think of baking as a science. It’s like “a chemical lab” where formulas do matter. My mom could never bake because she never followed a recipe. That’s the main reason she “can’t bake”. For pumpkin bars to turn out properly please use almond flour and oat flour a.k.a ground oatmeal. Both are widely available and affordable.

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!

How to Make Healthy Pumpkin Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line square baking dish with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 10 seconds. Add pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and salt; whisk until well combined. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!
  3. Add almond and oat flours, whisk until well mixed. Add chocolate chips and give a few stirs with a spatula. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!
  4. Transfer to previously prepared baking dish and level with spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple hours or completely. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy! Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!
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Healthy Pumpkin Bars

5 from 1 reviews

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe with oatmeal, almond flour and chocolate chips. Delicious guilt free treat on a chilly fall day entire family will love!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, large
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup cane or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line square baking dish with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 10 seconds. Add pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and salt; whisk until well combined.
  3. Add almond and oat flours, whisk until well mixed. Add chocolate chips and give a few stirs with a spatula.
  4. Transfer to previously prepared baking dish and level with spatula. Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple hours or completely. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!

Store: In a cool place for up to 3 days.

Freeze: In an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

You can make your own oat flour by grinding quick or rolled oats in a food processor.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. These were really good! I confess, we couldn’t wait 2 hours for them to cool so my husband and I grabbed spoons and ate a few bites while they were hot. Yummy!

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