Apolinaras’ Favorite Oatmeal Bars

Today is National Pumpkin Day! This is a holiday I need to put on my calendar to celebrate every year. I’m always ready to whip up some pumpkin treats and in fact, just bought a pack of three 30-ounce cans of pumpkin puree from Costco! What do you make when you have just a little pumpkin puree left over from a recipe though?

Here’s my solution. I like to bake Apolinaras his favorite oatmeal raisin bars! I call these bars and not cookies because they’re low in sugar and fat and packed with oats and whole wheat flour. The pumpkin puree is a substitute for butter, much like applesauce is regularly used in baked goods. You can’t really taste it, but it does make the bars nice and moist.

Apolinaras’ Favorite Oatmeal Bars
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Ingredients:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions:
Heat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla extract; stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until soft dough forms. Stir in oats and raisins. Spread dough evenly in a greased 8×8-inch square pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350˚F or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour, and cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

Nutrition: 138 calories, 4.0g fat, 2.4g fiber, 3.0g protein per bar
Cost: $0.25 per bar

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9 Responses to Apolinaras’ Favorite Oatmeal Bars

  1. Greta is gorgeous!!! I am so impressed with all the gorgeous baking you are still able to post – you are inspiring us all!! Can’t wait to fix these yummy healthful bars… ~ Astra

  2. ahhh we love oatmeal raisin bars. i recently subbed pumpkin in muffins for fat and it turned out great–definitely need to try this!

  3. it’s definitely rare for recipes to use a whole can, so this is a great recipe to have in your back pocket :) going to save this one!

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