Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Pie Crumble Bars

Pumpkin pie crumble bars are a delicious fall treat and perfect for you if you love pumpkin pie but don’t want to go through the hassle of making a whole pie! Made with simple ingredients, including pumpkin puree and fall spices, you’ll fall in love with each bite!

simple and delicious pumpkin pie bars made with healthier ingredients

Fall is by far my favorite time of year (which should come as no surprise to you if you follow me on Instagram!) and one of my favorite pumpkin season activities is to bake different things with pumpkin! People often ask me, why pumpkin? And the answer is simple. Pumpkins make people happy! They remind us of everything we love about the season!

Add that to the fact that pumpkin is truly a fall superfood adding more nutrition to anything you put it in! I love finding new delicious ways to use it and these pumpkin bars are the latest delicious discovery I can’t wait to share with you!

These pumpkin pie crumble bars will wow you with how easy they are to make and how delicious they come out to be! No fancy technique required, I promise. The crumble on top is my favorite part, and while I added walnuts to my recipe, there’s no doubt that oats, pecans, or pumpkin seeds would also be delicious on top too!

Perfect for any pumpkin pie lover out there and much easier to make than a full pumpkin pie, these pumpkin bars are the perfect thing to bake on a cozy fall weekend! They’re also the perfect treat to bring to a get together in the fall and would be perfect for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving celebrations too!

pumpkin pie crumble bar ingredients

  • pumpkin puree for the bar filling, this recipe uses pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix which is just one ingredient — pumpkin! Pumpkin pie mix has sugar mixed in already, and I wanted to sweeten these bars with honey instead. Bonus points that it’s a wholesome and unprocessed sweetener!
  • butter
  • whole-wheat pastry flour
  • light brown sugar – you can also use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar
  • honeyI like using honey to sweetened things because it’s 100% unprocessed and the flavor goes really well with pumpkin!
  • pumpkin spice
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • egg
  • salt
  • optional toppings: oats, walnuts, pecan pieces, pumpkin seeds

equipment / utensils:

pumpkin pie bars made with whole wheat flour with a walnut crumble on top

how to make pumpkin bars

Making these bars is easy! Nothing fancy is required!

  1. Preheat & soften. Preheat the oven and soften the butter. To soften the butter I place it on a small plate on top of my oven near the warmest spot. Get your pan ready with cooking spray and parchment paper
  2. Combine & press. Once your butter has softened, whisk together the ingredients for the crumble, mix in your butter (can totally use your hands for this part). Reserve about 1/2 cup of the dough for the crumble on top and press the rest into the bottom of the pan forming the crust.
  3. Mix together & pour. Mix together the ingredients for the pumpkin pie filling and pour it over the crust.
  4. Crumble on top & bake. Use the rest of the dough for the crumble on top, adding in any walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans or oats you want to use. Bake, let cool, cut and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Crumble Bars

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: pumpkin recipes
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Fall in love with these pumpkin pie crumble bars that are easy to make, and taste like mini squares of pumpkin pie! Filled with fall flavor, and delicious! 


Ingredients

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For the crust and topping: 

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperate/ slightly melted 

For the filling: 

  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
  • 2 tbsp. oats, chopped walnuts, pecan pieces or pumpkin seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease an 8″ pan with cooking spray. Press a sheet of parchment paper into the pan so that it sticks nicely to the bottom with edges hanging over.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the brown sugar, whole wheat pastry flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in the melted butter and use a wooden spoon or your hands to mix the butter into the dough so that a crumbly dough begin to form.
  3. Reserve roughly about a half cup of dough for the topping. Press the remaining dough into the baking pan to form a crust. Make sure the whole bottom of the pan is covered as evenly as possible. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix together the pumpkin puree, honey, egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and combined. Pour over the crust and use a spatula to spread evenly.
  5. Mix walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, or oats into the remaining dough and sprinkle chunks on top of the pumpkin filling. It’s ok if some chunks are bigger and some are smaller. Cover most of the top. 
  6. Bake for approximately 28 minutes, remove from oven and let cool. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

Store these bars covered in the fridge for maximum freshness and awesome tasete!

Keywords: pumpkin pie bars; pumpkin bars; pumpkin pie crumble bars

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie Crumble Bars

  1. This was a fantastic replacement for pumpkin pie, especially the crust. I let out the nuts because they aren’t my family’s favorite. I will definitely be making this again!