Monday, August 29, 2011

Pumpkin-Walnut Oatmeal Squares with Cinnamon Glaze

 I know it’s premature but I opened a can of pumpkin.  Everyone is starting to talk about fall, cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider and trick-or-treats and I just couldn’t wait one more minute.

Also, the Pioneer Woman’s show premiered on the Food Network.  I doubt this is news to you.  This warranted a foodie gathering complete with breakfast and lots-o-coffee.  I met up with Carly and Bev and we shared some mouthwatering breakfast items while we watched Ree show us how chicken fried steak is done on the ranch.

My contribution – pumpkin-walnut oatmeal squares with cinnamon glaze.  The pumpkin-walnut oat part is healthy.  The cinnamon glaze part, not so much.  They are super dense and chewy and although I was actually intending the texture to mimic these, they turned out great in a whole different way.  I added the glaze to add a touch of sweetness.  If you need a quick, mostly-healthy taste of pumpkin, give these a try!

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Pumpkin-Walnut Oat Squares with Cinnamon Glaze

Yield: 9 squares

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 cups whole oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I might recommend doubling this, especially if you like walnuts)
1 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup applesauce
3 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tsp. milk (I used 2%)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350. Liberally spray an 8×8 baking sheet and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt and walnuts. Set aside. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, vanilla, applesauce, honey and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients. Stir well until combined.

Press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. The middle will still be springy. Let the pan sit for 20 minutes before cutting.

Make the icing by combining the milk, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix with a small whisk or a fork until well combined. Drizzle over the squares as you desire.

Slice into squares.


64 Responses to “Pumpkin-Walnut Oatmeal Squares with Cinnamon Glaze”

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    brandi — August 31, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

    these look delicious! i can't wait to break out the pumpkin 🙂

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    Erin — August 31, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    These look great! I am always looking for new ways to use pumpkin! I have already gone though one can in the last couple weeks. The high is 95 tomorrow, so hopefully I didn't jinx fall!

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    Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate — August 31, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Not premature at all! I am dying for Fall to arrive. I can't wait to start cooking with pumpkin and cinnamon and ginger… Mmmm

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    kita — August 31, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    We are on the same page length, Girl! These squares look awesome and I am more than ready to ring in some fall flavors. These look wonderful!

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    Lizzy — August 31, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh, these bars sound amazing…oats and pumpkin? Can't beat that 🙂 It's going to be 97º on Friday…and I'm ready for a little cool down and baking with pumpkin and apple!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — August 31, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    These look awesome! Love the glaze 🙂

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    Valerie — September 1, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    Your squares look delicious! I especially like that glaze, it must give your quares a different touch!


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    Allison — September 1, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    oats and pumpkin are seriously my FAVORITE. I was waiting until after labor day to open a can of pumpkin but, now I am not sure I can wait!

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    Kelsey — September 1, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

    stop stop stop you are making me too hungry! they look so DELICIOUSLY SWEET <3


  10. #
    Lacy — September 9, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    They look so good!! I'm going to have to try these out, wouldn't mind having them for breakfast every day! 🙂

  11. #
    Maris — September 14, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

    These look really good! Linking this up in a football food post I am working on!

  12. #
    Ali — October 1, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    I’m doing some catching up, and stumbled across this autumn gem! What a healthy sweet treat ;).

  13. #
    Ali — October 5, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

    Ok, it’s baked and featured on my blog:
    Delicious! Thank you!

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