Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

Time for another pumpkin treat.  These pumpkin pecan caramel bars are moist, gooey and totally delish!  If brownies and pumpkin had a baby, this would be it.  In fact they kind of reminded me of my Grain Free Blondies. If you are in need of a great dessert bar recipe, these pumpkin bars are a must-try.

Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

They also happen to be gluten free.  Perfect for those Thanksgiving parties.  You can make these up pretty quickly too.  They would also be fabulous with my Pecan Caramel Ice Cream.  Yum!

Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

Yields 9 squares

Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a food processor , combine the dates and water and pulse until you get a caramel consistency. You will need to scrape down the sides a few times. Once that is done, set it aside.
  3. In a food processor or blender, grind up the pecans and oats into a course consistency.
  4. Add that to a bowl with the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and mix well.
  6. Add wet to dry and mix until combined.
  7. Get a sheet of parchment paper larger than an 8X8 glass baking dish so you will have some extra paper sticking out the sides. This will make these easy to remove after they are baked.
  8. Slowly spoon 1/2 the batter into the 8X8 pan. Then add a layer of the “caramel.” Lastly, add in the remaining batter.
  9. Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. I got 9 squares out of my batch and I stored them in the fridge. You can also freeze them! Enjoy!

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60 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pecan Caramel Bars

    1. I like healthy fats, but I don’t like to go overboard with them. I eat a lot of nut butter to balance it out haha! You can use oil in place of applesauce if you like.

  1. These were awesome.I took them to a pot luck and they got rave reviews.They were all eaten and there was lotsa other deserts there.I love that there were no oils or butter in it yet tastes like it .Thanks for the awesome recipe ; )

  2. By 1 cup of pumpkin, do you mean pumpkin puree or just cooked pumpkin pieces? I haven’t bought the canned one until now and since I have some leftover pumpkin, I wanted to make it fresh.

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