Pumpkin Pie Bars made with a buttery oat crust & topped with traditional pumpkin pie filling with crunchy, sweet pecans. All the flavors you love from pumpkin pie in an easy-to-make dessert bar recipe!
Sarah from Feeding Your Fam is here to bring you another simple recipe to add to your Holiday menu! These Easy Pumpkin Pies Bars need to make an appearance on your Thanksgiving menu!! You will be surprised at how simple these are to make and you might even hear they are better than pie!!!
What are Pumpkin Pie Bars?
This recipe makes a perfect pumpkin pie every time. For this recipe, I started by making a crunchy, sweet, buttery oat crust that might just fool you into thinking you are having a slice of homemade pie. The traditional pumpkin pie filling is sweet and delicious. If you aren’t a fan of nuts, you can make this recipe with or without them as the topping. I think they just add so much flavor and I love the crunch they add to each bite.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Bars
For the Crust, You will need:
-Flour: You will need 1 cup of all-purpose flour for the crust.
-Butter: Use 1/2 cup (one stick) of melted butter to hold all of the ingredients together well.
-Oats: You should use 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats to give the crust a chewy texture.
-Brown Sugar: Adding in 1/2 cup of brown sugar will make the crust taste sweet and delicious.
For the Pumpkin Pie Filling, you will need:
-Pumpkin Puree: You will need 1 15-ounce sized can of pumpkin puree. This is not the same as a can of pumpkin pie filling.
-Pumpkin Pie Spice: Adding in a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice will give this pie some warmth of flavor in every bite.
-Evaporated Milk: Use a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk to help get your pie to a nice consistency.
-Eggs: You will need 2 beaten eggs to act as the binder for the pie filling.
-Sugar: Use 3/4 cups of granulated sugar to make the pie filling sweet.
-Salt: Adding in 1/2 teaspoon of salt will help to enahcne the flavors well.
For the Toasted Pecan Topping, you will need:
-Pecans: Use 1/2 cup of chopped pecans for a crunchy nut topping.
-Butter: You only need 2 tablespoons of softened butter to help make this topping perfect.
-Brown Sugar: Use 1/2 cup of brown sugar to give the topping a nice depth of flavor and add a little chewiness.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Bars
Prepare the Pumpkin Pie Crust:
To make this Easy Pumpkin Pie Bar Recipe, you will start by making the crust. Get your oven warming up to 350ºF.
Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon or fork, mix until the butter has coated and combine the ingredients.
Press the crust into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes, it will become bubbly and golden.
Make the Pumpkin Pie Filling:
While the crust is baking you can prepare the filling for the pumpkin pie bars.
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine one can of pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin pie spice, evaporated milk, beaten eggs, sugar and salt.
Mix until everything is well incorporated.
Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 20 minutes.
Assemble the Toasted Nut Topping:
To make the crunchy, sweet nuts to go on the top of the bars, combine pecans (or nuts of your choice), softened butter, and brown sugar.
After the filling has cooked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and sprinkle the nuts on top.
Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup butter melted
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 15 oz pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 12 oz evaporated milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and melted butter. Mix with a wooden spoon or fork until crumbly. Press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine the can of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, evaporated milk, beaten eggs, sugar and salt. Mix until smooth and combined.
- Pour into the cooked crust and bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven to add nuts.
- In a bowl combine the chopped pecans, softened butter and brown sugar until the nuts are well coated.
- Sprinkle on top of the pumpkin pie filling and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
- Allow the pumpkin pie bars to cool for about 30 minutes before serving.
What kind of pumpkin is best to make Pumpkin Pie Bars?
Make sure you use pure pack pumpkin (plain pumpkin puree) in this recipe, and NOT pumpkin pie filling. It comes in a can and is labeled “pure pack pumpkin” or something similar. You can also use homemade pumpkin puree if you have any on hand. One 15 ounce can of pumpkin puiree is roughly 1 3/4 cups of homemade puree.
Can you freeze Pumpkin Pie Bars with an Oatmeal Crust?
You can successfully freeze these pumpkin bars after they were cooled and set. If you plan on freezing them it’s best to have them cut and layered on a plate (or in a pan). Multiple layers should have a piece of wax paper between them so that they won’t stick. Then wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container or bag. They can last just fine for up to 2 months this way!
Here are more recipes with pumpkin to try:
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Apple Pumpkin Bread
- Gingersnap Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Apple Butter recipe
- Spice Pumpkin Caramels
- BEST Pumpkin Recipes Ever
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze
- Layered No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Chiffon Cake
- Perfect Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Pie Oreo Balls
- Pumpkin Breakfast Cake
Pumpkin Pie Bars have a simple oat, butter crust with a traditional pumpkin pie filling topped with crunchy, sweet pecans. This bar version of the best pumpkin pie recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for feeding a crowd and is so much easier than making a pie!