Pumpkin Pie Bars (gluten-free, whole grain options)

These pumpkin pie bars are loaded with streusel and are a fun alternative to traditional pumpkin pie! With gluten-free and 100% whole grain options.

I originally wanted to make an almond flour based crust and top it off with the same streusel topping I used here, but then I realized how dumb that was. That would have dirtied up another two bowls and made the whole process even longer.

These gluten-free and 100% whole grain pumpkin pie bars are loaded with streusel and are a fun and delicious alternative to traditional pumpkin pie!

Plus, let’s be honest – an almond flour crust wouldn’t have been as good as this streusel-like one. I love baking with almond flour but it’s just so darned hard to compete with oats and oat flour.

So now you’ve got one mixture for the crust and topping. The result is incredibly easy and it couldn’t be tastier.

These gluten-free and 100% whole grain pumpkin pie bars are loaded with streusel and are a delicious and fun alternative to traditional pumpkin pie!

I used oats and oat flour making these pumpkin pie bars gluten-free and 100% whole grain but I kind of dropped the ball on the dairy-free thing. I bet you could use canned coconut milk for the evaporated milk in the filling. For a topping, this vegan caramel sauce would be perfect.

But using coconut oil instead of butter in the streusel in the crust / topping would probably require a little reworking (a slight reduction in the amount of fat). If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!

You can serve these pumpkin pie bars as is or with whipped cream or this salted maple caramel sauce. I preferred the caramel sauce but whatever floats your boat. :)

These delicious gluten-free and 100% whole grain pumpkin pie bars are loaded with streusel and are a fun alternative to traditional pumpkin pie!

Maybe ice cream would also be good? Or maybe not. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pumpkin dessert served with ice cream. I guess it’s time to try that out!

Something else I’m not sure about is doubling the recipe for a 9″x13″ or using a tart pan. I think some more experimenting is in order!

This no-bake pumpkin Nutella cheesecake or these pumpkin caramel layer bars also look awesome!

Pumpkin Pie Streusel Bars (gluten-free, 100% whole grain options)

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Pumpkin Pie Bars (gluten-free, whole grain options)
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  • Yield: 16 bars


    For the crust and topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups (115 grams) oat flour (use certified gluten-free, if necessary)1
  • 2 cups (180 grams) rolled oats (use certified gluten-free rolled oats, if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (200 grams) brown or raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (196 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • For the filling:

  • 1 15-ounce (425-gram) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated or raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) brown or coconut sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) evaporated milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prepare the crust and topping. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oat flour, oats, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Stir in the butter until well combined.
  3. Pat half of the mixture firmly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. The crust will bubble a little during baking.
  5. Let the crust cool for 5 - 10 minutes while preparing the filling.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all the filling ingredients. Pour evenly over the crust and bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and add walnut-sized pieces of the remaining oat mixture over the filling. It will be a very thick layer and some of it will sink a little into the filling. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the filling is golden brown and firm and the middle is set.
  8. Let cool for 1 hour and serve with whipped cream or maple caramel sauce.
  9. Cool completely before covering. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  1. You can also make your own oat flour! To make oat flour, pulse quick or rolled oats in a food processor or coffee grinder until finely ground.
  2. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice on hand, make your own using 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

Recipe is from my post on My Baking Addiction: Gluten-free pumpkin pie streusel bars

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  • Judy says
    November 13, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    My favorite is pumpkin roll or I should say it used to be. I am brand new to this gluten free stuff and haven’t had a chance to try baking much yet. Loove the sound of the pumpkin bars

  • Rose | The Clean Dish says
    November 13, 2014 @ 11:25 am

    Mmmm Streuselkuchen ;) You’ve been in Germany for too long!! In a good way, of course.

    Mr. T is suffering from Geschmacksverirrung if he likes Rote Gruetze – you tell him I said that! That stuff is… Other than that, I love your giveaway, what a sweet idea (literally)!

    • Erin replies to Rose | The Clean Dish
      November 14, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

      Hahaha. This is NOT Streuselkuchen. Let’s get that clear. ;) And haha. Going to tell Mr. T what you said! :D

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
    November 13, 2014 @ 7:05 am

    Wow I love the streusel twist you put on this!! I’m usually not a big fan of the crust in pumpkin pie but I LOVE anything crumbly like this!

  • Shelly Roy says
    November 13, 2014 @ 5:32 am

    Hi Erin! Snow here tomorrow means I will be baking your bars, because I love anything pumpkin!
    My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin pie, followed closely by Oatmeal Carmelitas.
    Would love German chocolate to arrive at my home. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    • Erin replies to Shelly Roy
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:48 am

      It sounds like it’ll be a cozy day for you! Snow, these bars, and some hot chocolate would be my ideal kind of day. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them! I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

      • Shelly Roy
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        November 16, 2014 @ 3:08 am

        Erin, YUMMY! I made a few minor changes, I used Truvia baking blend in place of the sugar in the filling. Wow, these are totally amazing. My hubby ‘found’ them when he got home from a trip and has been taking sneak bites for two days. LOL Thanks for a new favorite recipe.

        • Erin replies to Shelly Roy
          November 18, 2014 @ 10:56 am

          I’m so happy that you liked them and that the Truvia worked out well! And aww. I love that your husband is taking sneak bites. :D Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • Aileen says
    November 13, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    Is it wrong if my favorite holiday treat is stuffing? Preferably minus the turkey liver.
    But, for real, pumpkin everything wins in my book. It’s my favorite kind of pie. It’s my favorite kind of coffee. It’s my favorite kind of cake, cupcake, coffee, and even Larabar. I will be making these.

    • Erin replies to Aileen
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:49 am

      Haha. You wanna know mine? Fluffy dinner rolls. With all-purpose flour. It’s all I want to eat at Thanksgiving, given that they’re fresh from the oven and dripping with butter. And I’m so happy that you want to make these! Let me know how they come out. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    November 13, 2014 @ 5:02 am

    These bars look incredible! I love the streusel topping. These would be way better than pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

  • Candace C says
    November 13, 2014 @ 4:22 am

    chocolate chip bourbon pecan pie!

  • Kelli says
    November 13, 2014 @ 12:34 am

    My favorite holiday treat candied almonds.

  • Lauren says
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

    Yule log cake

  • Kathleen says
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

    I love Ritter Sport candy bars! My husband’s favorite is the milk chocolate with hazelnut and mine is the milk chocolate with almonds. YUM. The Milka bars are really great too.

    My favorite holiday sweet is the pumpkin pie or maybe the pecan pie. Not sure which. Maybe both!

    • Erin replies to Kathleen
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:55 am

      Those types are both yummy! Can you get those in the US?

  • Emma says
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    Hey Erin! I just love all your recipes. Random question-do you know German, and if so, how did you learn it? I recently moved to Germany and your blog has been very helpful with your baking tips :) thank you!

    • Erin replies to Emma
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:40 am

      Hi Emma! So happy that you like recipes and baking tips. :) I took 3 years of German in high school and another 3 in college and actually spoke better German before I moved here so I’m a terrible example. I understand most conversational stuff but speaking it myself and having the other person actually understand what I mean is another issue. Maybe you could join an integration class if you’re a total beginner (or maybe even if you’re not! I’m not sure how they work). Good luck! :)

  • David says
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    I like sweet potato pie, primarily because this is the only time of year when you can get it.

  • Alexa says
    November 12, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    I love chocolate-covered fruit!

  • Alexandra Robinson says
    November 12, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    My favourite holiday treat would be Milka chocolate praline bars, I always treated myself to several when I went on holiday abroad as a child :) I also loved a soft Spanish pastry sprinkled with icing sugar which I never knew the name of. As kids we called them ‘cow pats’ because of the shape of them! ;)

    • Erin replies to Alexandra Robinson
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:46 am

      Milka pralines are really, really nice. :) And aww, I want to know what cow pats really are called so I can check them out. I love your made up name for them. :)

  • Alexandra Robinson
    November 12, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    So excited to try these. I’ve just discovered you can buy Libby’s canned pumpkin purée in Aldi here in the UK so I’ll be attempting to make some of these soon – they look amazing! :)

    • Erin replies to Alexandra Robinson
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:42 am

      Really?! Is it just a special limited time thing for “American week” or is it there regularly? I was thinking of taking a trip to England for some baking ingredients and if Aldi regularly has pumpkin, then I think that settles that. ;) I hope you’ll enjoy the bars! Let me know how they come out. :)

  • Toby M says
    November 12, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

    Looks super scrumptious! May have to eat this instead of pie! :)

  • Caroline B says
    November 12, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

    I love christmas cookies.

  • kasitex says
    November 12, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is toffee with dark chocolate and toasted pecans – YUM!!

  • Gwenn says
    November 12, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    These look amazing!!

  • Susan Broughton says
    November 12, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    Usually it would have been sweets of any kind but I can no longer have sweets so I have to say the holiday ham.

  • susie says
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    They look so good- I need you to try to make them dairy free though- I stink at cooking so I need you to go first! Fingers crossed you can figure it out!

    • Erin replies to susie
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:58 am

      Haha. I’m out of pumpkin for the year but I may try an apple version and if I do, I promise to try to make it DF! :)

  • Sue C says
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    My 11 year old niece loves pumpkin and I can’t wait to try out this recipe and bring it over to her house for the holidays.

    • Erin replies to Sue C
      November 13, 2014 @ 7:59 am

      I hope that you’ll both enjoy it! I’d love to hear how it comes out. :)

  • Shari says
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    I love just about anything with pumpkin. But for the Thanksgiving holiday meal I can’t walk away from acorn squash.

  • David Bell says
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    Cornbread dressing

  • Elizabeth
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    I love gingerbread!

  • Nancy L says
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is all the pies! Unfortunately we don’t have pie much any other time of year, but when the holidays come around – look out!!

  • D Schmidt
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    My favorite is definitely chocolate yule log

  • Di says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    My favorite holiday treat are snowball cookies.

  • Vicki H. says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    My favorite Holiday treat is a tie! Either my Cinnamon Candied popcorn – uses Red Hots candy – or my Red Hot Cinnamon Caramels. Both are so delicious and perfect color for the Holiday Season. Can you tell I love cinnamon? :)

    • Erin replies to Vicki H.
      November 13, 2014 @ 8:00 am

      Homemade red hot cinnamon caramels?! Whaaat? Is your recipe online somewhere? :)

  • Nora @ Savory Nothings says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Oh these bars look so good! I love anything topped with Streusel!

  • Nicole S. says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:15 pm


  • Amy M. C. says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    I love frosted sugar cookies for Christmas!

  • Alison H. says
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is Red Velvet Cheesecake!

  • Laura says
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    My favorite holiday goodie….tough question! Scones, German pecan roll, my mother’s coffee cakes…
    and your pumpkin streusel squares look great, by the way!

    • Erin replies to Laura
      November 13, 2014 @ 8:02 am

      German pecan roll?! Pecans must have been a lot cheaper in the old days because they’re so outrageously expensive here I can’t imagine ever baking with them. Or is it a German chocolate pecan roll and it doesn’t have anything to do with Germany? Either way, sounds interesting! :)

  • jessica w says
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    I was born in Germany, and at Aldi I can get a few holiday treats like stollen, spekulatius, and lebkuchen,but the true chocolates above are hard to get a hold of! Thanks for the chance to enter!

    • Erin replies to jessica w
      November 13, 2014 @ 8:01 am

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to have picked something you can’t get in the US. :)

  • Paige
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    These look amazing! My favorite holiday treat is pumpkin pie, of course :)

  • Stacy @Stacy Makes Cents says
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    I made Chunky Apple Bread every year for Christmas morning – I always look forward to it. :-)

  • Lori A.
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

    My favorite holiday treat is pecan pie!

  • Meredith says
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    My favorite holiday treat are Spritz cookies!

  • Jovanna says
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    My mom’s sugar cookies are my favorite holiday treat!

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

    So, these bars are basically streusel-bottomed, and I love that. Never enough streusel (or pumpkin!). I love this giveaway! Josh went to Germany in high school and can basically only remember the candy he ate, which seems like the best part anyway. My favorite holiday treat isn’t even sweet – it’s my mom’s party mix. She uses like 8 lbs of butter, so eating it is definitely limited to holidays when calories don’t count.

    • Erin replies to Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
      November 13, 2014 @ 8:04 am

      Hahaha. I love that he just remembers the candy. It is the most important part of an exchange. ;) And party mix? I don’t know what that is so I’m checking it out!

  • Katie says
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:12 am

    Any and all types of cookies :)

  • Amy says
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:48 am

    My mom’s shortbread cookies, which I haven’t figured out how to make for my GF daughter.

  • Jen R says
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:15 am

    I’m a big fan of cookies…a Christmas classic!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    November 12, 2014 @ 2:12 am

    I love holiday cookies! and pumpkin pie!

  • Sarah says
    November 12, 2014 @ 2:03 am

    My favorite holiday treat is any kind of pie my dad makes!

  • Linda Kish says
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:56 am

    I like pumpkin pie. But maybe that will change to these bars.

  • Theresa says
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:33 am

    These pumpkin pie bars look sooooooo good. But my favorite holiday treat is molasses cookies dipped in chocolate. :)

  • Courtney H.
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    My favorite holiday treats are pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce

  • jeanne says
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:53 am

    Hey Erin, so sweet of you for putting together this giveaway! My favorite holiday treat would be cinnamon rolls.


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