I’ll be the first to admit that a bowl of old- fashioned oatmeal is hard to beat, but who has time to prepare it on a daily basis? Thus, the birth of the oatmeal ! How incredible that you can enjoy the benefits of oats and get the warmth and all the flavor of a bowl of oatmeal in a bar that is easy to take with you on the go? These Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars are just that!
Lack of time is another reason so many find themselves at the drive through line of a coffee place on their way to work. And at this time of the year, it is hard not to order from the seasonal menu and indulge in a pumpkin spiced coffee drink of some sort. Unfortunately, those come with a nice side of over-the-top calories, way too much sugar and saturated fat. No worries though, we have you covered for all your pumpkin cravings and your need for a fast breakfast, too. These pumpkin oatmeal bars will meet both demands. Prepare them ahead of time, and you will have enough for breakfast for the whole week. The recipe below makes about 16 bars, depending on how you cut them. And there here are a few details to note about this recipe. You can customize it by using whichever milk you prefer. I have tried them with cow’s milk, almond milk and coconut milk. All three varieties worked well in the recipe. I have also tried it out with flax “eggs” for a vegan option, and the results were equally fantastic.
Per request, I added coconut flakes and chocolate chips to one of my batches for my kids. Just when I thought this recipe couldn’t get any better, it did. I should really listen to my kids more often! The combination of coconut and chocolate with pumpkin was perfect. Also notice the recipe does not call for any sugar, honey or maple syrup. You can certainly add that for a sweeter bar, but if you are eating them warm at home, then just top it with your choice of honey or maple before serving. If you are adding a sweetener to the recipe, start with ½ cup of sugar or ¾ cup honey or maple and add more to taste.
Not convinced about how easy they are to make? Watch this video and make them along with us!
Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
- 3 cups of quick oats
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Mix pumpkin puree with milk, then add peanut butter and eggs. In separate bowl, mix oats, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Now mix it into the pumpkin, and combine all ingredients well.
- Pour into a 9×13 inch pan and take it to a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden. Serve bars with maple syrup or honey for breakfast or an anytime snack! Save left overs in sealed container in refrigerator for up to three days.