The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

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The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars made with gluten free oats and flour, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and chocolate for the ultimate touch. These pumpkin bars are the perfect breakfast, a snack or dessert recipe for the fall – loaded with pumpkin and gooey chocolate flavor!

If you love this easy oatmeal bar recipe you should also try my Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars and these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Ok, folks we are officially moving on to all things PUMPKIN and I’m not mad about it.

Lately, me and the kids (mostly the kids because they’re my little bakers) have been making these Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars. They are absolutely delicious, healthy and so easy to make. I decided that those bars needed to magically transform into a pumpkin bar. After all, it is fall right!? Pumpkin is a must!

These bars have about a cup of pumpkin puree in them along with pumpkin pie spice to make them taste like all things fall. They are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and unsweetened applesauce  and have melty chocolate chips throughout each bite. What more could you ask for?

pumpkin bars with chocolate chips stacked on top of each other

Ingredients you’ll need for this Recipe:

These Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars are gluten free, however if you don’t have gluten free oats or flour on hand you can use regular oats and flour. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Gluten Free Oats – I use Bob’s Red Mill Brand, just be sure it’s regular oats. (not quick oats or steel cut oats)
  • 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour – In my opinion, 1:1 gluten free baking flour gives you the same taste and texture as regular all purpose flour. The brands I recommend are Bobs Red Mill, Cup 4 Cup and King Arthur.
  • Pumpkin Puree – Kinda mandatory for a pumpkin recipe, use the organic puree.
  • Apple Sauce – Natural and unsweetened applesauce without the cinnamon because we’ll be adding our own spices.
  • Leavening Agents – Baking Soda and baking powder will help these bars rise and get fluffy.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – This is the best spice for the fall it has clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon all combined into one fall powerhouse! Instead of having to use a bunch of different spices I make it simple and use just one. 🙂
  • Maple Syrup – Our natural sweetener in these bars.
  • Vanilla Extract – Gives a slight vanilla taste for the ultimate pumpkin pie taste!
  • Salt – This is a must in baking, it reacts with the leavening agents to make things rise and balances flavors.
  • Chocolate Chips – You pick … mini, chunk or a mixture. Just make sure you have those gooey chocolate morsels!

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How to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars?

These are not your typically pumpkin pie bars. Think more pumpkin blondie but with oats for a nutritious healthy bite! You’re going to love how easy they are to make.

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray a 9″ x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray and cover with parchment paper. (this will help you remove the bars more easily later)
  3. To a medium bowl add oats, 1:1 baking flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. To a large bowl, add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Slowly add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  6. Add oatmeal mixture to prepared 9″ x 9″ baking dish.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick test comes out clean.

chocolate chip pumpkin bar with a bite taken out

Can I use my own Pumpkin Pie Spice?

Yes, you can absolutely use your own pumpkin pie spice. I usually just buy the store bought McCormick brand but if you want to make your own by all means do it.  A homemade blend would work just use 1 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground  ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.

Can I double this Recipe?

Yes! In fact, I recommend you double the recipe because these bars are so good they’ll be gone fast! Just use a 9″x13″ baking dish. Baking time should be roughly the same, maybe a hair longer. Just use the toothpick check every 5 minutes after 20 minutes of bake time.

How to store Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars?

Store these Oatmeal Pumpkin Bars in an air tight container at room temperature. They should keep for 5-7 days.

pumpkin bars with chocolate spread out on a board with pumpkin puree

Can you freeze oatmeal pumpkin bars?

Yes, these pumpkin bars will freeze well. Make sure that they are cool, separate them using parchment paper between bars so they don’t stick together. Then store in an air tight container or freezer storage bag for up to 6 months.

More Pumpkin Recipes you’ll Love:

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • yield Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • category Category: Bars
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars made with gluten free oats and flour, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and chocolate for the ultimate touch. These pumpkin bars are the perfect breakfast, a snack or dessert recipe for the fall – loaded with pumpkin and gooey chocolate flavor!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free regular oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups 1:1 gluten free baking flour
  • 1½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray a 9″ x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray and cover with parchment paper. (this will help you remove the bars more easily later)
  3. To a medium bowl add oats, 1:1 baking flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. To a large bowl, add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Slowly add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  6. Add oatmeal mixture to prepared 9″ x 9″ baking dish.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick test comes out clean.
  8. Serve!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 81 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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8 Responses
  1. Amy

    My son is in kindergarten this year and I feel the same way! It’s crazy how much he’s learned in two short months already!
    These bars look great!!! I love pumpkin!

  2. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I love that you added the nice big sized chocolate chunks to these pumpkin bars! I’ve always loved chocolate and pumpkin together!

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