These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars have me so excited for fall and pumpkin season! We were camping this weekend and had a blast at the fall festival that was at our KOA. I can’t believe I’ve never actually been to a real pumpkin patch before! Like a real pumpkin patch where you pick your pumpkins off the vine… how fun!
Fun Fall Activities
Anyways – I know I know you’re probably just interested in the recipe for these pumpkin chocolate chip bars.
I have messed around quite a bit with pumpkin oat type bars, and these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars are the best yet. They are healthier than most recipes that are just loaded with sugar and flour. They utilize oats for flour and only have brown sugar.
Griffin just loved helping made these (as usual). Actually these would have been perfect to take camping, for a little breakfast or snack treat that isn’t just laced with straight sugar.
I just happened to have leftover ”oat flour” that I had used for another muffin recipe, but it’s so simple to make if you don’t already have it. Just simply put the oats in the food processor or blender and blend until very fine. Visit here if you need more assistance making oat flour.
Of course anything with chocolate chips in it is a hit. Calvin shows up to help with that part even. 🙂 Little pork chop.
I just happened to have these fall cookie cutters and thought they’d be adorable in shapes, but a simple bar would also be just as delicious and easier (Less waste).
Pumpkin Purée vs Pumpkin Pie Filling
Make sure you use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling as that is sweetened and that is not what we want here. Once again, because Griffin helped so diligently make these he just loved them and gobbled down two of them (1 acorn and 1 pumpkin) as soon as they were cooled.
The look on his face when I told him he couldn’t eat the chocolate chips off the top. Haha..Priceless.
I actually prefer my sweets and kids treats to be higher in fat and lower in sugar. I find the fat fills them up longer and doesn’t make them as crazy as just straight sugar. Obviously I try to choose healthy fats like canola or olive oils when possible. I dabbled with eliminating the oil all together and just using applesauce instead, I’m sure they’d be just as delicious. So if low cal is what you’re going for if you’re trying to lose weight I think you could probably make that swap confidently.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bar Details:
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 banana mashed
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend the oats in food processor, until coarsely ground. (You’ll need 2 1/2 cups for the recipe)
- Whisk together the oat flour, salt, spices, baking soda/powder
- In another bowl mix together the pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, oil, and banana (mashed) until smooth.
- Add the oat flour mixture to the wet mixture until combined.
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Grease a 9 inch baking pan. Pour the batter into the pan, top with a few more chocolate chips 😉
- Bake for ~20 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before slicing or cutting into shapes or it will be crumbly.
- I topped mine with a simple milk and powdered sugar glaze drizzle (optional).