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.


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

  1. #
    Carolyn — August 29, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    Ack! I have a pumpkin recipe in mind and I can't find canned pumpkin anywhere yet. I am so jealous! Your bars look so delicious.

  2. #
    momdecuisine — August 29, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    Those look sooooo good! The weather here is no where near fall (it's like 105 degrees) but I was just thinking about starting some pumpkin, squash, and apple recipes. Thanks for the great idea! P.S. the Food Network Shows here are about 6 months behind the States, so I'll be keeping an eye out for the new show!

  3. #
    Alida — August 29, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    These sound so delicious! It's never too early for pumpkin, as far as I'm concerned.

  4. #
    Lolly @ Lolly's Sweet Treats — August 29, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    It's never too early for pumpkin. These bars look great!

  5. #
    carlyklock — August 29, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Such a fun morning! And I'm loving the weather this morning, too.

  6. #
    The Mom Chef — August 29, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Happiness and joy! I always have a few cans of pumpkin in the cupboard. It's one of my favorite fall foods. The bars look totally decadent, not healthy, which is always a plus. I love it when good stuff just sneaks up on you. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. #
    Laurie@The Baking Bookworm — August 29, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    It's a cool morning here too – and I LOVE IT!! I've had 2 large cans of pumpkin in my pantry eyeing me for a couple of weeks so this recipe is perfect. These squares look delicious and perfect for the kid's lunches. :). Thanks, Cassie!

  8. #
    Ryan — August 29, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    First, these look amazing, Amazing!! I am so ready for pumpkin treats and spiced cider!

    Ok, I'm a little slow, but I didn't realize until I saw the pics on some of the other blogs that you were having an actual brunch when I was tweeting with you on Sat! I thought it was a virtual twitter watch group, but how fun that you all got together to watch the show and it looked like you had delicious food!! Great idea!

  9. #
    Curt — August 29, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Yum! I love pumpkin. My wife disagrees with me, but they have to have nuts.


  10. #
    Reem | Simply Reem — August 29, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Lovely, Pumpkins are such versatile I feel. These cuties looks so delicious!!!! Never to early for some pumpkins right.
    Awesome, I love it.

  11. #
    Bev Weidner — August 29, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Those things made me so giddy!

  12. #
    Mercedes — August 29, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    This look so good and healthy enough to eat for breakfast!

  13. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 29, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Wow that must've been a great time :-). These look wonderful and I cannot wait for fall!

  14. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 29, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    I thought about making pumpkin scones for breakfast yesterday and held off…but I'm getting excited for fall baking!

  15. #
    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — August 29, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    These look fantastic Cassie, what a great recipe!! Love your pictures! 🙂

  16. #
    Courtney — August 29, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    these look great!

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 29, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    Cassie, these look awesome! I love pumpkin everything and this are a great way to get ready for the fall and cooler weather! 🙂

  18. #
    Marina — August 29, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Yum! I can't wait for the weather in Cali to cool down a bit so I can feel justified in starting with the pumpkin goodies– this will be at the top of the list!

  19. #
    louisabellissima — August 29, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    They look wonderful. The walnuts will be ripe soon here in Germany, but to find pureed pumpkin will be a challenge. I have to either be lucky and find it in the international section of a big department store, or make it myself. Either way I can't wait to try your recipe as it it includes so many of my favourite ingredients. 🙂

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  21. #
    meeshiesmom — August 29, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    It's never too early for pumpkin!

  22. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 29, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    This looks great!! I love these squares. Anything oatmeal is always up my alley.

  23. #
    Rachel — August 29, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    oh boy, these look wonoderful. Bring on the pumpkin! I'm ready for fall!

  24. #
    Tina — August 29, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    These look awesome, I am so ready for fall! thanks for sharing the recipe for these tasty bars!

  25. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 29, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I am SO READY for pumpkin and fall. Yummy!

  26. #
    Jennifer — August 29, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    Those look awesome, Cassie – and so much healthier than the usual. We don't get Fall here. I do miss it. 🙂 The leaves still fall off some of the trees but there is no distinct Fall season in the tropics.

  27. # — August 29, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Mmm sounds wonderful! I am completely obsessed with pumpkin. I'll eat anything pumpkin flavor. Therefore, I know these would be absolutely delicious!

  28. #
    Ann — August 29, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    These look AMAZING! I'm a summer girl….but I think because I'm allergic to cinnamon, so I miss all the good stuff. However, I adore it! BRAVO! These are stunning!

  29. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 29, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    Cassie….it's never too early for pumpkin as far as I'm concerned. I missed the premier of The Pioneer Woman on food network…but caught her appearance with Paula Deen today! How fun to have a foodie gathering. And these look picture perfect!!! : )

  30. #
    Sarah — August 29, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Pretty! And perfect for pre-fall baking. I'm getting excited for pumpkins and apples and this is going into the arsenal for sure!

  31. #
    Kels — August 29, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    Yes, bring on the fall weather and the pumpkin-everything! These look delicious!

  32. #
    kitchenarian — August 29, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    OK, I am definitely ready for pumpkin treats! These look perfect.

  33. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 30, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    Hi Cassie, oh my this looks so delicious! I like you are ahead of us and started baking with pumpkin! This looks like something that we will have a hard time to stop eating… 😉

  34. #
    Cathy at Wives with Knives — August 30, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    As soon as a few leaves start falling my thoughts turn to autumn and pumpkin. Your bars look fantastic Cassie and I can't wait to try them. I missed Pioneer Woman's show but hope to catch it on a rerun.

  35. #
    Parsley Sage — August 30, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    Not that I'm complaining about living in the Caribbean, but sometimes I really miss seasons. Autumn was always my favorite and by FAR the flavor I most looked forward to was pumpkin. We do pumpkin here too, but the savory version. It's never really used in breakfast or dessert and when I try to make it here it just tastes…well, out of season. So I'm VERY jealous that you're getting to enjoy it with these LOVELY squares. They sound amazing!

  36. #
    Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) — August 30, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    These are gorgeous!!! I love this for thanksgiving, too.

  37. #
    Alex — August 30, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    these look perfect! wow. I can't wait for fall!

  38. #
    Peggy — August 30, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Oh it's never too early to crack open some pumpkin! These sound so good Cassie =)

  39. #
    Jenna @ Newlyweds — August 30, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Oh these look amazing, my pumpkin obsession is starting early this year too, I am trying to hold off until at least mid Sept! We will see how long that lasts. Just pinned this recipe.

  40. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — August 30, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    i made pumpkin granola friday…it's not too early for pumpkin. these bars look amazing!

  41. #
    Tiffany — August 30, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    These squares scream autumn!

  42. #
    Lauren's Latest — August 30, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    It's never to early for pumpkin!

  43. #
    CJ @ — August 30, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    oh my gosh I seriously look at your blog every day and want to make what you post! I love pumpkin anything and these look delectable!!!

  44. #
    Reeni — August 30, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I am so ready for pumpkin baking! These look scrumptious!

  45. #
    Baker Street — August 30, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Your bars look perfect! And that cinnamon glaze is delicious!

  46. #
    Foodness Gracious — August 31, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I'm such a bar dude and not like the liquor kind, I mean the sweet accompiment to my many cups of coffee each day.
    Thanks for sharing…

  47. #
    Beth Michelle — August 31, 2011 @ 1:20 am

    These look SO good. The talk of fall is making me crazy!! We dont have fall in southern Israel. Its summer till January and then a couple weeks of cooler weather, a spring (ish) month and then summer again! I miss fall!!! Pumpkin is in season here but I havent been able to bring myself to buy it yet since the weather is still hovering around 98F. I will save this recipe!

  48. #
    Manu — August 31, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    I love pumpkin sweets and the combination with the cinnamon glaze would make these hard to resist! Love love love this recipe!

  49. #
    Dulce Dough — August 31, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Your bars sound fantastic! Perfect for fall or any time!

  50. #
    Nancy — August 31, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Looks great! I love fiber…

  51. #
    brandi — August 31, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

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

  52. #
    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!

  53. #
    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

  54. #
    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!

  55. #
    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!

  56. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — August 31, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

    These look awesome! Love the glaze 🙂

  57. #
    Valerie — September 1, 2011 @ 12:33 am

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


  58. #
    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!

  59. #
    Kelsey — September 1, 2011 @ 10:00 pm

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


  60. #
    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! 🙂

  61. #
    Maris — September 14, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

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

  62. #
    Ali — October 1, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

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

  63. #
    Ali — October 5, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

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

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