Pumpkin, Dulce de Leche, Oat Bars

Oh pumpkin. If you’re like me, I am sure that you’re seeing pumpkin recipes EVERYWHERE these days. I pretty much love it. My must-bake pumpkin list is quite large and even though I bake with pumpkin throughout the year, I still can’t ever seem to put a dent in that list.

When I saw this recipe, it jumped straight to the top of the list. I would never think to pair pumpkin with dulce de leche, but it works. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since both of those ingredients are pretty awesome on their own.

As I mentioned, Hubby has been traveling for work a LOT. As in, he’s gone more than he’s in town. I hope he isn’t too upset that I made these while he was out of town. He LOVES all things made with caramel of any sort. (It’ll be our little secret).

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Pumpkin, Dulce de Leche, Oat Bars

Pumpkin, dulce de leche, and oats make for some delicious bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Crust
3/4 cup flour
1 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Dulce De Leche Layer
1 13.4 oz can dulce de leche
2 Tbsp whole milk

For the Pumpkin Filling Layer
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
3/4 tsp ginger
pinch cloves

Directions:

For the Crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter an 8×8 pan.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and combine until crumbly. Pour half of the mixture in the bottom of the baking dish and set the other half aside. Press the mixture down using the back of a fork (or your hands) to ensure the bottom of the dish is covered evenly.

For the Dulce De Leche Layer
If you are using homemade dulce de leche you can skip this step and just spread it onto the crust. If you are using a can, combine the dulce de leche with the 2 tablespoons of milk in a medium bowl and stir well. Once combined, gently spread over crust.

For the Pumpkin Filling Layer
Lastly, in a large bowl add the pumpkin, egg, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves.

Whisk together until combined and pour over the dulce de leche.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, top with the remaining oat mixture and return to the oven for another 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, cool completely. Refrigerate until set.

Recipe adapted from Natalie's Daily Crave

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11 Responses to “Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars”

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    stephchows — October 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    mmm they look so super moist!

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    Cupcake Activist — October 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Yum! Those look really good! I’ve never tried white chocolate with pumpkin.

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    nutmegnanny — October 28, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Wow white chocolate and pumpkin! What a delicious combination…yum!

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    Erin — October 28, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I made those last year, and MAN OH MAN aren’t they good!

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    Sweet and Savory — October 28, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I have in the oven, a chocolate-pumpkin streusel brownie. Now, I want to make this too.

    You have great recipes. Thanks.

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    The Novice Chef — October 28, 2009 at 4:03 am

    These look delicious! And I totally do not blame you for having a couple before taking them to give away!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I love that you ate 2 while you were cutting them! 🙂 That sounds familiar!

    They look wonderful!

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    Tessa — October 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    These are the same bars I made, but I added cinnamon chips per recommendation from Maria at Two Peas in their Pod. They were great! Glad to see they turned out well for you too!

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    Ingrid — November 2, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I totally agree I’m not crazy about chocolate and pumpking together. Another great flavor with pumpkin (in my opinion) is gingerbread.

    I’m definitely adding this to my list of pumpkin recipes that will be baked from here until the kiddos say no more! 🙂
    ~ingrid

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    Jade — November 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I love making bars. These look amazing. I will definety try these soon!

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    Jessica — October 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I made these last night to take tailgating at a college football game tonight and they are SO yummy! I used semisweet chips instead of white chocolate, but I bet they’d be good either way! I’m Really glad you warned that the mixture might look like it curdled after adding in the pumpkin, because I think it would have freaked me out and I would have thought I did something wrong!

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