Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars

 

It’s PUMPKIN SEASON!!!

Yeah, I’m totally going to be that girl today. #basic #no shame

As soon as September hits, it’s like a switch goes off inside me and I’m all up on that pumpkin train for the next 4 months. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones,Ā pumpkin truffles, pumpkin coffee— basically everything except Pumpkin Spice Lattes (sorry Starbucks, they’re just too sweet). Ok, so maybe I’m not so basic anymore šŸ˜‰

 

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

By the end of August, I’m not only craving those warm, comforting fall flavors, but also those beautiful crisp, cool fall temperatures. You know what I’m talking about, that perfect 65 degrees and sunny, just a slight breeze, enough that you need a big cozy sweater and some leggings. And I feel like we’ve already been getting a taste of it here in Durham— I’ve been needing a sweater on those chilly early morning walks with my pup—- but then of course it’s 80 degrees by 10 am. Thanks North Carolina.

So even though we’re not quite at fall yet, it’s certainly starting to feel like it’s in the air. Therefore, PUMPKIN. Let’s talk about these Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars.

First of all, they basically taste like pumpkin pie and oatmeal cookies had a baby… a baby that also happens to be gluten free AND vegan. I wasn’t even trying to make them that way, they just naturally turned out super allergy friendly! And so, so delicious. Warm, soft, creamy, fragrant bars that basically melt in your mouth they’re so good. Don’t tell anyone, but I even like these better than pumpkin pie!

 

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

These bars make the perfect mid-day pick-me-up, after school snack, dessert, or even HOLIDAY dessert. Yeah I’m talking about you Halloween and Thanksgiving. You’re in that slightly near future so basically we all need to start pinning to prepare for you. Aka PIN THESE! <— friendly reminder

You’ll want to remember them šŸ˜‰

Hope you guys enjoy these and have a wonderful rest of your week! PS totally off topic, but I just realized that our wedding weekend is just 1 MONTH away! What?!? This is pure craziness!

 

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free, gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

for the crust and topping

  • 1 1/4 cups oat flour (grind oats in food processor to create oat flour)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

for the filling

  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note

inspired by texanerin's pumpkin pie streusel bars

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 or 7x11 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2
Mix all your crust/ topping ingredients together in a large bowl: oat flour, oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt, and coconut oil. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the parchment lined baking dish and spread evenly across. Pat mixture with fingers to pack it down. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Step 3
Remove crust from oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. Make your filling while it cools by combining all filling ingredients in a large bowl: pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Pour the filling over the crust and smooth it our evenly with a spatula. Bake for 12 minutes.
Step 4
Remove baking dish from oven and top with the rest of the streusel topping (you should have 1/3 of the crust/topping mixture left). Sprinkle evenly across filling (add pecans now as well if you'd like to add those), then put back in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Let the bars cool for at least an hour before slicing and serving! These would be great with a dollop of whipped cream (vegan or regular) or some vanilla ice cream šŸ™‚

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Streusel Bars {dairy free,  gluten free} // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, Iā€™m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

21 Comments

  1. Wow, I can’t believe your wedding is only a month away! So exciting!

    I’m totally craving the crisp fall days so I can wear sweaters and leggings, too… headed to a football game tomorrow and hoping it’s one of those days. šŸ™‚ Also, these bars !!! they totally need to accompany me tailgating!

    • Ohhh have so much fun šŸ™‚ Loving the start of college football season so much!

  2. Gah these bars look fantastic!! I haven’t started with pumpkin yet but am alllll about apple right now! Yay for fall baking!!

  3. Oh my these look amazing! Oatmeal cookies can have a baby with just about anything and I’ll eat it! šŸ˜‰ Enjoy the last month of being ENGAGED! SO fun!

  4. Wow, these look and sound ah-mazing! SO happy pumpkin season and cooler weather are here again, although I will miss all of the yummy summer produce! Oh well, at least I’ll get my fill of all things pumpkin! Pinning these for later!

    • Yeah, summer produce will be so so missed! But you’re right, at least we’ll have all things pumpkin šŸ™‚ Thanks so much Joscelyn!

    • I don’t see why not! I haven’t tried to freeze them yet, but let me know if you try it out šŸ™‚

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