Easy pumpkin pie bars taste just like pumpkin pie and are topped with an oat crumble topping that doubles as a sturdy flavorful crust.
And the pumpkin baking spree continues! This week I made some easy pumpkin pie bars and they are out of this world. They taste just like pumpkin pie, but with a crumbly oat topping, which just so happens to double as the crust.
First off, let me explain why these pumpkin pie bars are easy. The recipe only requires two bowls: one for the oat crumble and the other for the pumpkin pie filling. Both mixtures require no electric mixer, just stirring by hand. After that, it’s all about the layering.
The first layer of these easy pumpkin pie bars is made up of HALF of the crumble oat topping. Press that down into a prepared 8×8 baking dish and partially bake it. That partial bake is crucial because it will make a sturdier base for the pumpkin pie filling, which is a little softer and smoother (like pumpkin pie).
The other half of the crumble oat mixture will serve as the topping later on in the baking process. But first, let’s talk about this unbelievable pumpkin pie filling.
One bowl of pumpkin purée, spices, sugars and eggs is poured on top of the partially baked crust. It is like buttery pumpkin spice heaven on your tastebuds—smooth, sweet and spiced to perfection. And somehow the filling becomes that perfect consistency I just described, but also stays together when you cut it into bars. (Props to Cooking Classy for achieving it!)
And what makes it better is the crumble oat topping. It is added on after the pumpkin filling has baked for 15 minutes, then the whole dish bakes for another 20 minutes to let the crumble set and get golden brown. The butter and sugar oat crumbles melt in your mouth and into the pumpkin pie filling as you bite into the bars.
You get a real texture experience with these easy pumpkin pie bars—a sturdy, buttery crust; smooth pumpkin pie spice filling; and crumbly oat topping. If you ask me, those three things are the making of perfect pumpkin pie bars.
So before you get started on the recipe, let me break it down for you. THREE baking times (bake the crust for 15 minutes, add the pumpkin pie filling and bake for 15 minutes, add the crumble oat topping and bake for 20 minutes). TWO bowls (one for the crust/crumble topping and one for the pumpkin pie filling). ONE incredible recipe for pumpkin pie bars.
There you have it, easy as one, two, three. Enjoy and happy fall!
Adapted from Cooking Classy.