Pumpkin Pie Bars

It is that crazy time of year again when people can’t get enough pumpkin! I know I am one of those people…and so are many of my friends! I like to try to make different pumpkin recipes this time of year…instead of the standard Pumpkin Pie. That, somehow, has to wait until Thanksgiving for me. BUT we still want the TASTE of pumpkin pie, don’t we? So, ENTER… THE PUMPKIN PIE BAR! Bars are always so easy to make, and this is no exception. This is my own version of the PPB…it has a pumpkin pie middle, but the crust on the bottom is kind of “oaty” and chewy! I hope you like it!

An oaty crust and a pumpkin pie middle...yummo

An oaty crust and a pumpkin pie middle…yummo

 

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Base:

1/2 c. butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

1/2 c. oats

Pumpkin Layer:

2 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar

15 ounces pumpkin

12 oz evaporated milk

1 Tbs maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 cup nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray (Pam).

In mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and cream until combined. Add the flour and oats and mix. Press into a 13 x 9 inch pan. (use your fingers…easier). Bake this for 5-10 minutes….I think I took mine out around 8 minutes…but you want it set but not browned.

While the crust is cooking. combine the Pumpkin Layer ingredients.Feel free to play with these combinations…add, omit, etc…use what you like.

After the crust is out of the oven, pour the pumpkin mixture on top of the crust and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool and serve …we like it plain, but you can pretty it up with  whipped cream or powdered sugar. Store in the ‘frig.

What did I love about this recipe? I love that it is easy and tasted like pumpkin pie. It is simple to serve, too.

What didn’t I love about this recipe? Nothing…I thought it was great!

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