Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for “on the go” on those chilly fall days.

Photos updated September 2015!

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for "on the go" on those chilly fall days.

I dream about my Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars every time I gobble the last one up from the batch. So soft, moist, wholesome, and chock-full of banana and peanut butter flavor. The chocolate chips are dreamy too.

I’ve had an itch to remake the bars with a little fall-ish makeover. Sub some pumpkin for the bananas, some molasses for the peanut butter, and fill them with pumpkin spice and everything nice.  Love love love.

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for "on the go" on those chilly fall days.

I’m in a pumpkin-state-of-mind these days and there’s no turning back.

Until, of course, it’s time to roll out the green & red Christmas sprinkles.

Pumpkin-chocolate-oatmeal was my regular breakfast some years ago. A sprinkle of cinnamon, a dash of cocoa powder, a spoonful of honey, a smothering of pure pumpkin, and chewy, buttery oats were the start of my fall days.

It’s been a few years since I made my pumpkiny oats, but the taste and texture comes to my mind whenever the air begins to cool. Pumpkin and oats go hand-in-hand for me, so I knew this recipe would turn out perfectly. Plus, there’s chocolate.

The pumpkin leaves these bars soft and moist, exactly like my original recipe with bananas. The oats give each bite a chewy texture.  I use old-fashioned whole rolled oats in my recipe, not quick oats. Quick oats are finely ground up whole oats, and would leave these bars with little texture.

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for "on the go" on those chilly fall days.

The molasses & brown sugar blend give the bars a rich sweetness and depth of flavor. You could use any type of molasses in these, just go by your taste preference. I used dark molasses, which is less sweet than light molasses but slightly sweeter and easier to handle than black-strap molasses.

I also didn’t use too many chocolate chips in these. I opted for mini chips and only used 1/2 cup. I didn’t want the chocolate to overpower the pumpkin.

The bars are dense, but not heavy. They’re low in fat, but NOT in flavor. I love that I didn’t have to clog these bars with any extra fats like oil or butter. There was simply no need for it!  Healthy AND tasty recipes do exist.

Perfect as quick pre-workout fuel or a wholesome mid-afternoon snack.

Serving suggestion: warm up in the microwave for 15 seconds. Eat. Grab a napkin. (I was left with melty chocolate on my face and pumpkin on my fingers.)

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for "on the go" on those chilly fall days.

 1  bowl. 1 pan.  Easy clean-up. 20 minutes. Healthy. Low-fat. Quick. Chocolate.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for "on the go" on those chilly fall days.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk1
  • 1 large egg2
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lightly spray 8 x 8 square baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Add in the vanilla, pumpkin, milk, egg, and molasses. Mix together until evenly combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Do NOT overmix.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes-30 minutes, or until baked through in the center. Allow to cool and cut into bars.
  4. Make ahead tip: Bars stay fresh for up to one week in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Bars freeze well, up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Or any milk you prefer.
  2. You can choose to leave out the egg by using a “flax egg” instead of a regular egg. Flax egg = mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up. Use the "flax gel" as a replacement for the egg. To make vegan, use this flax egg as well as dairy free milk and chocolate chips.

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Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for on the go!

Soft & chewy pumpkin spice oatmeal bars loaded with chocolate chips. Perfect for on the go!

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Comments

  1. Choc Chip Uru on September 4, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I can’t believe I am saying this but I seriously want pumpkin right now 😀
    In these bars of course!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

      Thanks Uru! I can’t get enough of pumpkin already and it’s only the beginning of September!



  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets on September 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Ahhhh pumpkin! Made my first fall recipe this weekend, and now my mind is racing over what else?????
    These look great Sally!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

      You have my mind racing with mint & chocolate with your peeeerfect crinkle cookies. 😉



  3. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on September 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

    These DO look perfect!!!!! I am definitely already in a pumpkin state of mind, and I will definitely be giving these bars a try! Holy yum! 🙂



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Colleen! So glad you share my obsession with pumpkin lol! I’m not the only one!



  4. Mindy on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Am I missing it, or is the pumpkin not in the recipe? How much do you use?



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Hey Mindy! The pumpkin is listed under the milk! Sometimes my recipes get all messed up and out of order when I hit publish (darn technology!), but I just made sure that it is there right now!



  5. Katie on September 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    OMG these look amazing. I want to put pumpkin in everything right now.

    (I found you via trick or treat Tuesday)



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Hey Katie! So glad you said hi! Pumpkin is taking over my kitchen these days 😉



  6. Meghan @ After the Ivy League on September 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Pinning this recipe for sure! I’ve been craving pumpkin more than I’ve ever craved it before, and this looks like a great healthy way to satisfy my craving. I think I’ll try subbing the whole wheat flour with almond flour..hopefully it works out!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Hey Meghan! Thanks for the pin. Let me know how the almond flour substitution tastes! I’m curious to try it. 🙂



  7. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel on September 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Eek! These look AWESOME. I love that your granola bars are so wholesome and yet, so delicious looking! They aren’t those stupid scrawny packaged ones that I need 800 of to even fill me up remotely. Plus, those stupid packaged ones don’t have amazing flavors like THIS. Holy pumpkin, girl! They look amazing!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      packaged granola bars are like candy bars and literally leave me hungry for more! no staying power at all.. you are so right!



  8. [email protected] on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    These are perfect! I would love to have these around to snack on!



  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Sally they look amazing! I have a recipe that I worked on last week involving pumpkin, choc chips, brown sugar, molasses, 1 egg…girl. We should swap kitchens or have a real life cook-together meetup 🙂

    Pumpkin, choc chips, the fact that these are bars, only make 8×8, chewy, YES –all of it. Delicious!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Oh my goodness, we really ARE on the same wavelength! can’t wait to see your pumpkin recipe. 🙂 If I get on the banana bandwagon, we’d be blog twins 😉



  10. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on September 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I sure have missed pumpkin!! Good to see it back after so long 🙂 These look delish



  11. Allison Sullivan on September 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Hey Allison! Thank you so much! Headed over now!



  12. Laura Dembowski on September 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I love using old fashioned oats in recipes. If you’re going to eat oats, you might as well eat the really healthy ones, right? These bars look awesome, packed with tons of yummy ingredients and flavors.



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Laura! I swear by the old fashioned whole-rolled kind.



  13. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust on September 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Totally love these! You’re inspiring me to make oatmeal-granola-healthy concoctions Sally!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I’d go nuts for anything you baked in the oatmeal-granola-healthy category Dorothy!I’m sure you’d come up with something fabulous over on crazy for crust :D!



  14. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    these look fabulous sally! i love pumpkin and i love your Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars, so i’m sure these are fab too.



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah!



  15. april on September 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I made these this afternoon. Loved them! Fast and easy to make, nutritious, and crazy delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      April! That’s so nice to hear. I’m glad you liked them, thanks for letting me know!



  16. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl on September 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    EEK! Sally, you are amazing! You know I love pumpkin anything, and these? Look to.die.for. Seriously! I have been looking for a healthy snack I can take to the office during the week (I usually need something around 2:30 to perk me back up), and I can totally see THESE doing the trick. Love, love, LOVE!



    • Sally on September 4, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you Ashley my dear! It’s funny that we both posted pumpkin recipes today. I feel that will happen a lot int he next few months. 🙂 These are a perfect snack.. I had one today after lunch. 🙂



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  18. Heidi @ Food Doodles on September 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Yum!! I am so excited for pumpkin! (and all things fall :D) These look awesome!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 4:59 am

      I’m very excited for everything about the fall too! Thanks Heidi.



  19. Christina @Sweet Pea's Kitchen on September 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I am a sucker for any pumpkin recipe! I’m so excited to start some fall baking! These bars sound great! 🙂



  20. Julie @ Table for Two on September 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    these look SO good and the PERFECT fall treat!! i love that it’s a granola/oatmeal bar..i can easily take this to work and nosh on it all morning…but who am i kidding? it’ll be gone in 2 bites 🙂



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

      I just had my last one yesterday and need to bake more because I KNOW I’ll be craving one sitting at my desk at the office! Thanks Julie 🙂



  21. Ashton @ Something Swanky on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Yum!!! Pumpkin is everywhere right now and I’m SO loving it!!!! Gorgeous, as always Sally 🙂



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

      Thank you Ashton! I can’t wait to see the pumpkin recipes you share this fall!!



  22. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    These bars are perfection, Sally! And hey, with the oats, I could eat these for breakfast!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

      Yup… Stephanie.. a couple of these babies WERE my breakfast last Saturday 😉



  23. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies on September 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I just adore pumpkin. I love that pumpkin can be added to basically any meal! These oatmeal bars look wonderful!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

      I love the versatility of pumpkin too Jen! It’s perfect for anything.



  24. Kristy on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Bring on the pumpkin! Holy cow these sound and look delicious!!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:05 am

      ring on the pumpkin… i couldn’t agree MORE! 🙂



  25. Anna @ hiddenponies on September 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

    These sound amazing! I love the gooey look of them, and microwaving them sounds like a definite good idea 🙂



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 5:05 am

      Yep… I highly suggest warming them up. SO good, melty, and gooey. Love!



  26. Erika - The Teenage Taste on September 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

    These bars look fabulous! Healthy, but still extremely tasty! These would be the perfect snack or even grab-and-go breakfast – I love it! 🙂



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yep, I love simple snacks and quick b-fasts like that!



  27. katie on September 5, 2012 at 7:15 am

    These look fabulous! Hooray for Pumpkin!



  28. Laurie {Simply Scratch} on September 5, 2012 at 7:33 am

    These gems would be perfect little snack to pack in my lunch! Love!



  29. amy @ fearless homemaker on September 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I’m so happy to see pumpkin recipes popping back up in the blogosphere – that means fall is almost here. HOORAY!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      woohoo! you and i alike, Amy! love love love pumpkin 🙂



  30. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on September 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Yay for a pumpkin recipe! These look incredibly dangerous – I think I’d eat the entire pan!



    • Sally on September 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Chung-Ah – I seriously almost DID eat the entire pan in 3 days.



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