Vegan ‘Healthy’ Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars are not only chewy and full of pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor, they are also gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, and free of refined sugar! I believe that every dessert can be part of a healthy diet, but these bars are a great option for those with dietary restrictions, those who prefer a certain dietary lifestyle, or those who just want to try these delicious bars! When cut into 12 servings, these bars are approximately 92 calories each. Another plus? No mixer required and only 10 minutes of prep!

Yield: 1 8×8 baking dish, 12-16 svg.
Preparation: 10 min.
Bake time: 18 min.


Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
200g rolled oats (2 c.)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
230g canned pumpkin puree (3/4 c.)
60 mL maple syrup (1/4 c.)
15 mL molasses (1 tbsp.)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Glaze (Optional): (NOT refined sugar-free if using!)
25g powdered sugar (1/4 c.)
1/2 tsp. milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

Instructions

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
Preheat your oven to 325F (165C). Grease an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the rolled oats, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the canned pumpkin puree, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients and fold together until the mixture is cohesive.

Press down the mixture into an even layer in your prepared baking dish. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. Leave the bars to cool completely in the pan.

Optional Glaze
In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk of choice. If the mixture seems too thin, add more powdered sugar, if the mixture seems too thick, add more milk until you reach your desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the pumpkin bars once they are completely cooled. Serve and enjoy!


Storage
These bars are best enjoyed on the day they are baked, but will last up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy!

If you make these pumpkin oatmeal bars, I would love to see them! Tag me on instagram @doughlights and use #doughlights. Thanks for stopping by!