Pumpkin bars made with sweet autumn spices

Pumpkin Spice Bars

I almost named these pumpkin spice bars dreamy pumpkin bars. Because that’s what they are.  A delicious oat and nut bar with a melt-in-the-mouth pumpkin filling. When you bite into the middle you can  taste autumn in one go! The filling is moist, rich, spicy and utterly divine.

A healthy oat bar filled with a pumpkin spice filling and topped with a sweet, spicy, nut and oat crumble

I pack these into my kids lunch boxes, I grab a slice if I don’t have time for breakfast and yesterday I secretly wrapped one to take with me on my autumn walk with the family. Although once they realised I had a slice in my pocket that was the end of it! As you can see these don’t last long in our household. But the beauty of these is they are super easy to make, especially in a food processor. They take a little more time than a normal granola slice as you are making them in 3 elements, the base, the filling and the topping, but the base and the topping have similar ingredients, just made in a different way. You start by making the filling, then the base and then the crumble topping. I told you I couldn’t pass up another pumpkin recipe before Halloween!

Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!
Press the base mixture in a lined baking tray
Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!
Spread the pumpkin filling over the base
Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!
Top with the crumble topping
Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!
And….bake!
Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!
Perfect for breakfast or as a snack

For the pumpkin filling:

Ingredients

  • 430g/2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup for vegans
  • 50g/¼ cup coconut sugar or cane sugar
  • 120ml/½ cup fresh apple juice
For the base:

Ingredients

  • 360g/4 cups oats
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 55g/½ cup pecans
  • 55g/½ cup almonds
  • 100g/½ cup coconut oil
  • 85g/¼ cup honey or maple syrup
For the crumble topping:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fine oats
  • 50g/¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon mixed seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/340ºF.
  2. To make the pumpkin spice filling add the ingredients into a saucepan: mashed pumpkin, cinnamon, honey, coconut sugar and apple juice.
  3. Mix together until smooth and bring to the boil. Simmer cover for 20 minutes until it thickens, stirring at regular intervals. Leave to cool while preparing the base.
  4. Add the oats, mixed spice, pecans and almonds to a food processor. Pulp until it is ground finely.
  5. To prepare the base, melt the coconut oil and honey together gently in a saucepan. Add the melted oil and honey to the oat and nut mix. Mix until combined.
  6. To prepare the crumble topping, add the oats, pumpkin seeds, mixed seeds and cinnamon into a bowl. 
  7. Melt the coconut oil and honey and add to the crumble and mix thoroughly.
  8. To assemble, place the oat mixture in a lined baking tray. Press down with the back of a spoon until smooth. Spread the pumpkin filling over the base. Top with the crumble topping a press down gently. Sprinkle with some coconut sugar.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut while still warm. Leave to cool before removing from the tin.
  10. Enjoy!

Healthy oat bars with a sweetly spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a nut, seed and nut topping... all the flavours of autumn in one bite!

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