These easy pumpkin streusel bars can also be made as a loaf and sliced. I roasted my own pumpkin and pureed it but you can use it out of the can to make them easier.
It’s denser than your average bar, more of a breakfast or snack with coffee than an after dinner dessert kind of thing. The bars themselves aren’t all that sweet either but I make a maple butter, melt it and pour it over the top right before serving and it soaks into the bars…yummy! If you make this in a loaf form don’t melt the maple butter, just smear it onto the slices as you eat them. Warning this is highly addictive and I can’t be responsible for any extra pounds you put on as a result of deciding maple butter tastes delicious on everything like I did! For the maple butter mix one stick softened butter with 1/4 cup maple syrup until fully combined. Eat at your own risk!Print
- FOR THE BARS (OR LOAF):
- 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups spelt flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
- FOR THE STREUSEL:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup spelt flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- FOR THE BARS: Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine pumpkin puree, sugar, nutmeg, melted butter, and eggs in a medium bowl mixing well.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into another bowl making a well in the center. Add the pumpkin mixture to the center of the flour and stir until smooth. Mix in the walnuts and transfer to the prepared pan.
- Crumble the streusel topping (see instructions below) over the top evenly and bake for 45 minutes (1 hour if in a loaf pan).
- After removing from the oven, drizzle the melted maple butter over the top. Allow to cool before cutting into squares and serving slightly warm.
- FOR THE STREUSEL: Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the oats and mix well.
- Combine the flour, salt and cinnamon and then add to the oats mixture mixing until crumbly. Stir in the pumpkin seeds.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Bars