i should be mopping the floor: Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars

These Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars are the perfect treat...
or even breakfast-to-go! They're delicious and packed with the flavors of fall.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!
I cannot lie. We're on week four of school and already I'm throwing cereal in a bag with them as they head out the door. Considering we live across the street from the school, breakfast is ridiculously rushed. 

I've been making the pumpkin oatmeal square from Sally's Baking Addiction for two years now and realized they'd be a great solution to my lack-of-breakfast preparation {usually when I make them, they may or may not make it all the way to breakfast from the night before binge we have with Sally's bars}. Recently, I started playing around with the recipe and came up with this one, using some of our own favorite ingredients. I'm super excited to share my twist on this recipe with you. We're calling them Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars, but you can just call them YUMMY!

Check out the recipe below>>>
Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!
My new goal is to make a batch of these on Sunday afternoons {and not eat any in the process}, so we can start the week out with simple, portable breakfasts. They're so delicious, y'all. The pumpkin is just so yummy...and then there's the ingredient that takes these completely over the top>>>


Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!
Hershey's Cinnamon Chips.
Have you ever experienced these? Amazingness.
A few years ago, these cinnamon chips weren't available in my town...I had to drive an hour to get them. Every fall, I'd buy a few dozen bags when I was in Austin to last me for the season {I have a problem...I do get that}. Now, they're available in all of the grocery stores in my city! YAY! I've substituted these in so many cookie recipes for chocolate chips...it was time for them to make their debut in a bar form!


Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!



Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats {not instant oats}
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Directions:
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Add in oats and brown sugar and stir until combined. In a separate smaller bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, beaten egg, vanilla and molasses. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones and mix completely. Fold in cinnamon chips.

Use aluminum foil and line an 8x8" pan. Spray the foil with non-stick spray. Spoon batter into pan. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until done. Cool completely. 

Cut into 16 squares. Store in refrigerator and warm before serving.

Oh, and just in case you count Weight Watchers points {like me!}, these are three points plus per bar. But, truthfully...I can't seem to stop at just one!


Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!
Autumn breakfast perfection.


Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Bars | Only 3 Points Plus: the perfect Weight Watchers recipe | The perfect on-the-go fall breakfast!
So, have you popped open a can of pumpkin this fall, yet?





44 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to try those cinnamon chips for a while now Kristi - I think these bars need to be the first recipe I try! They look fantastic!

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    1. They are SO yummy, Trish! You will love them! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Yum, yum! Give me some! Those bars look delicious! I am a huge fan of the cinnamon chips too! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. They really are! Thanks bunches for stopping by, Nici!

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  3. Oh my yummy!!! These look so good and the pictures are fabulous!
    XO
    Kristin

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  4. Yessss I have some cookies I make with the cinnamon chips that I need to post. Everyone should try those chips! These pumpkin bars sound divine!!! Not sure I would have the willpower to make them o a Sunday and not eat them though!! Pinned!

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    1. They are delish! Thanks for stopping by, Claire! :)

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  5. I'm a total cinnamon addict, and I can't believe I've never seen these chips--definitely on the shopping list! The bars look awesome --thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

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    1. You will love them, Dee! So many fun options! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  6. I just stocked up on cinnamon chips today (they were on sale and I LOVE using them in my fall and winter baking!) . I am pinning this to try. My hubby will love these-- he has a thing for oatmeal. :) Thanks!

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    1. That is awesome, Kelly! I'm so glad you found a great deal. I hope you and your husband enjoy the bars. Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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    2. I made them and they were so good! I didn't realize they are almost fat-free until I was almost done mixing. Then I was scared they'd be dry, but they weren't at all! Served them to guests who loved them, too! Thanks! Sharing on social media!

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  7. Yummers Kristi! My family would love this... can't wait to try them this Fall. I'm featuring your tasty treat in my Friday Features this week. Thanks for linking up!

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  8. Visiting from Link Party Palooza. Your so lucky to have access to cinnamon chips. These bars look amazing, I couldn't eat just one though. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us when the party goes live on Sunday. Have a great day! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. I think that's the only trouble with these--One is just never enough, lol! Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura!

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  9. Can I substitute anything for the molasses?

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    1. Honey or dark corn syrup are common substitutes for molasses! Thanks for stopping by, Cristal!

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  10. Does it call for baking powder or baking soda? The list of ingredients says powder but the instructions say soda

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    1. That should read powder in both places. Thanks for letting me know...I'll make the correction! :)

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  11. I tried these tonight. Not only did they look nothing like the picture, they also were not very good.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that, Jodi. Did you make any substitutions that may have altered the taste? These are a bit on the healthier side and not meant to be dessert-ish...but more or less, a nice fuel for breakfast. Hope your weekend was nice otherwise. :)

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  12. These are a MUST try! Pumpkin ~ cinnamon and oatmeal. Yum!

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  13. Oh my goodness these are amazing!!! I'm going to have to hide them from my husband if I want to get any! Do you happen to know how much protein is in each one?

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  14. I made these and they are very good! I wonder why that person didn't like them, they must have done something wrong. They are plenty sweet and moist! Thanks for a great recipe- both of my kids liked them and so did I. I added 2 tablespoons of brewers yeast for an extra vitamin boost too. I'll definitely make them again.

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  15. This recipe is the perfect solution of my problem with the breakfast every morning. Tonight is time for some cooking = )

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  16. Is there any reason that quick cooking oats wouldn't work?

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    1. I think they may get too mushy since they break down a littler easier.

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  17. I'm going to try this but with chocolate chips instead of cinnamon!

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  18. Hi there. I'm baking these today... what's not in the recipe is the oven temperature. I went to the inspiration recipe and am going off of that, but thought I'd let you know. I've double checked, so apologies if I missed it.

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    1. It's in there...in that last paragraph. It's 350. If you saw the recipe on Pinterest, I actually have no control as to how it may show up over there! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. I just started weight watchers. I was looking for a yummy recipe to help with sugar/sweet cravings. I made these yesterday. They are to die for!!! So delicious!!! Thank you so much for having the points value!!! I can't wait to try more of your recipes and will be following you now!!! Yummy!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ryan! So glad you liked them. If you ever decide to switch to the Simply Filling plan (in Weight Watchers), be sure to check out my skinny bolognese sauce over spaghetti squash. It's made with power foods! :) Best of luck on your WW journey! I've been on mine for a couple of years and truly love it.

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  20. Thanks for this recipe!! I actually forgot to add molasses but they still turned out delicious!! The only thing was I baked them as per the instructions but the bottom of the squares were still quite moist- yet the tops were completely dry. Next time should I bake for longer?

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    1. Hmmm...maybe make sure your oven is correct, temperature wise? Or, you can cover with foil for the last few minutes of baking (and add a few minutes). Thanks so much!

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  21. Hello Kristi,
    In my opinion your recipe is healthy and look delicious. I will prepare it for my son as soon as possible. Well done! <3
    Kisses,
    Erica

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  22. Just saw this recipe and it sounds delicious! Try mixing chocolate chips and cinnamon chips in a recipe...amazing! Did this accidentally and it was soooo good!!

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  23. hi there! I just made these and I am SO impressed! they are the perfect alternative to a (crazy expensive) clif bar etc. Anyways, my main concern is storing / preserving. How long would you keep these out if sealed in an air-tight container or saran-wrapped? Also, are these freezable? Would you go the saran-wrap route? Again, thanks so much. These are brilliant!

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    1. Thanks so much! I would wrap tightly with Saran Wrap and keep airtight for about five days. I, personally, haven't tried freezing them yet, but I truly don't see why you couldn't. Just seal them well.

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  24. Kristi, my mouth is literally watering. I SO wish they sold cinnamon chips here in Costa Rica. Sounds so good. I might have to try making these bars with white chips instead. Yum!

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  25. Looks delicious!!!! Have you by chance converted the points plus into smart points yet? I'm making these tonight! Thanks for sharing!
    Karen

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  26. These look like a delicious and healthy treat. Thanks for sharing with us Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

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