A breakfast that tastes like pumpkin pie but is naturally sweetened with dates? Sign me up! Don’t worry, you can try these with sugar first if you don’t keep dates on hand. Kid and adult friendly. These bars use oats instead of flour too! You will not meet a more moist breakfast bar anywhere. Did I mention you can make the batter in your blender without dirtying any mixing bowls or your beaters? These pumpkin bars are delicious served cold with a glass of milk.
Pumpkin Pie Bars
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 1 cup dates, packed (about 22 dates)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Add oats to blender. Blend on medium low until a flour is formed, about 30-60 seconds. You may have to tap the sides to get the oats down into the blades. Dump the oat flour out into a bowl.
Heat the milk until steaming. Add dates and hot milk to blender. Blend on medium until the dates are blended in with the milk.
Add pumpkin and eggs to blender. Blend on high until incorporated.
Add oat flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder to blender. Blend until incorporated.
Pour batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips across the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
These are delicious warm or chilled, but they are definitely easier to cut cold.
I don’t know about you, but I like to indulge over the holidays. Doesn’t everyone? But too much indulgence makes me feel gross and run down. Pumpkin pie bars to the rescue! These little numbers will let you feel like you are indulging, but they are packed with fiber and vitamins from the oats, dates, and pumpkin. These are a great choice for breakfast or snack time.
If you don’t want to bother with dates, you can sub ¾ cup sugar for them instead. But dates are easy to find at your local grocery store, and these bars actually taste better with dates than with sugar!
I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top so that they look more indulgent than they are. Plus I can cut them in half horizontally and the chocolate-free part becomes a baby-safe food. My kiddos and I couldn’t get enough of these pumpkin pie bars and you will love them too!