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Easy to Make, Healthy Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars are our family’s new favourite treat for fall!  They taste exactly like pumpkin pie but with a delicious streusel topping and the satisfying crunch of crushed pecans. Pumpkin Pie Pecan bars are so easy to make.  You can enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie without the fuss of making homemade pie dough. These bars aren’t overly sweet. The filling is sweetened with just maple syrup and my streusel topping uses minimal coconut sugar or brown sugar.

My favourite way to enjoy these bars is chilled and topped with lightly sweetened maple whipped cream.  This recipe uses canned pumpkin but if you’re feeling ambitious you can roast your own pumpkin. The bars will be even better for your effort! What is October without a pumpkin-themed recipe? I hope you love these!   

Frequently Asked Questions About Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars

How to store pecans:

Store pecans in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container to keep them fresh longer.  If you don’t have room in your fridge, storing pecans in a dark cupboard also helps protect them from oxidation.

Can you use fresh pumpkin puree rather than canned?

Absolutely! That would be delicious. Freshly roasted pumpkin puree often has a noticeable depth of flavour compared to canned pumpkin.

What spices are in pumpkin pie spice?

Pumpkin pie spice typically includes: 

  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • clove
  • nutmeg
  • sometimes allspice

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.   Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or grease the baking dish with butter and lightly dust with flour.
In a medium-sized bowl whisk the eggs well.  Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.  Whisk till thoroughly combined and set aside. 

In another medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon and whisk well to thoroughly mix. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are the size of peas.

Take approximately half of the streusel mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of the baking pan to form the crust.
Pour the pumpkin puree custard on top of the base and then take the remaining streusel and crumble it evenly over the top.

Sprinkle ¼ cup of crushed pecans over the top of the streusel and if desired, add an extra sprinkle of coconut sugar. 

Bake for 50-60 minutes until the custard is set and the streusel topping is golden brown. Let cool and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
These bars are delicious topped with a dollop of maple whipped cream. Enjoy!

Tips for Making Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars

  • Allow to fully cool and chill in the fridge for the best flavour.
  • Ensure you purchase canned pureed pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • I recommend ceylon cinnamon over cassia cinnamon. If you enjoy a lot of cinnamon in your baked goods, I recommend investing in ceylon cinnamon which is known as “true cinnamon”. Cassia cinnamon is cheaper and can contain high amounts of a compound called coumarin which has been known to cause liver damage.

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Butternut Squash Soup made with apple cider will fill your home with the aromas of fall. The combination of apple cider and butternut squash with the addition of warming spices makes this soup the definition of fall flavours. Butternut Squash Soup made with apple cider is very quick to make!

This High Protein Granola recipe is completely sugar-free, held together with whipped egg whites and deliciously spiced with ginger and cinnamon. It is so easy to make with only 20 minutes of active prep time. After 60 minutes in the oven on low heat, you’ll have delicious granola to enjoy all week.

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Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pecan Bars

Pumpkin Pie Pecan bars are so easy to make.  You can enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie without the fuss of making homemade pie dough. These bars aren’t overly sweet. The filling is sweetened with just maple syrup and my streusel topping uses minimal coconut sugar or brown sugar.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

Base and Topping

  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup spelt flour or all-purpose
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter cold

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

To Top

  • 1/3 cup crushed pecans
  • generous sprinkle of coconut sugar or brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.   Prepare an 8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper or grease the baking dish with butter and lightly dust with flour.
  • In a medium sized bowl  whisk the eggs well.  Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.  Whisk till thoroughly combined and set aside.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon and whisk well to thoroughly mix.
  • Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are the size of peas.
  • Take approximately half of the streusel mixture and press it firmly into the bottom of the baking pan to form the crust. Pour the pumpkin puree custard on top of the base and then take the remaining streusel and crumble it evenly over the top.
  • Sprinkle ¼ cup of crushed pecans over the top of the streusel and if desired, add an extra sprinkle of coconut sugar. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the custard is set and the streusel topping is golden brown.
  • Let cool and then chill in the fridge for at least an hour. These bars are delicious topped with a dollop of maple whipped cream. Enjoy!

Notes

Allow to fully cool and chill in the fridge for the best flavour.
Ensure you purchase canned pureed pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. 
Keyword bars, fall recipes, Pecans, pumpkin pecan bars, pumpkin snacks, pumpkin spice

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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