Pumpkin Pie Bars w/Oatmeal Crust
A brown sugar oatmeal crust topped with pumpkin pie filling - SUPER YUM!!
A true pumpkin pie bar- truly the BEST spin on pumpkin pie!! Cream cheese filling too!!
Full recipe in video below
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup oats
2/3 cup brown sugar sub (I use Lakanto) to order:
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1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
For the filling:
4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar sub (Lakanto)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
OR PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper so that you're able to easily remove the bars after.
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.
Stir in applesauce until the mixture is crumbly and toss in pecans. Measure out a cup of the mixture and set aside in a small bowl.
Press the remaining mixture into the prepared pan; you'll need to press hard to ensure that all of the mixture will stick together well. Bake for 10 minutes.
While the crust is baking, prepare filling by combining cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, egg and spices. Pour over crust then evenly sprinkle remaining topping over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is set and toothpick inserted into middle comes out fairly clean. Makes 16 bars.
Recipe inspiration from ambitiouskitchen.com