Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars Recipe
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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It took me a long time to develop this quick-and-easy recipe, but I’m so happy with how it turned out. These bars have it all—sugar and spice and a light, creamy-rich pumpkin layer that’s especially nice! —Erin Andrews, Edgewater, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 2-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 186 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 180 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and oats; set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Add the butter, honey and water to the remaining cake mixture. Press onto the bottom of a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, cream cheese, milk, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, allspice and cloves until blended. Add egg and egg white; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, butter and reserved cake mixture; sprinkle over filling.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p33

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Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014

"A waste of pumpkin and cake mix. Very bland, crust did not stick together, make a different recipe and save yourself from being disappointed"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"This was fantastic! I gave it only 4 stars because based on what other reviews stated about the crust being too hard, I modified the crust. I didn't use water or honey, just butter, about 1/3 cup, which is a more traditional crumb crust."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Wasn't crazy about the taste right after it was baked. The crust seemed really dry. Put it in the refrigerator and tasted much better the next day after the crust softened a little. Would definitely make this again."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"These rocked!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"The pumpkin layer was quite yummy and turned out great, but the bottom crust layer became so incredibly hard. I could hardly cut it with a knife."

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