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Perfect Pumpkin Bars. Pumpkin cake with nuts, raisins and a tasty orange glaze. Gluten-free and regular flour options. BoulderLocavore.com

Perfect Pumpkin Bars

Moist pumpkin bars with warming spices and with orange glaze are a perfect fall treat. Easy to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 1-inch bars
Calories 218 kcal
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (one stick) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg , room temperature
  • ½ cup Pumpkin Puree (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 ½ cup All Purpose Flour (regular or a gluten-free blend)
  • ½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum if making these gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Mace
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ½ cup Pecans , chopped
  • 1 cup Confectioner’s (powdered) Sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch square pan.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and pumpkin; beat to combine fully.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, spices, baking soda (and xanthan gum if making gluten free). Slowly add into butter-sugar-pumpkin mixture until combined. On low speed blend raisins and pecans until fully combined.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth out batter to be even. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. While the bars are baking prepare the Orange Glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice. When the cake is just out of the oven, brush on the glaze while it is still warm.
  6. Allow to cool. When fully cooled, cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Pumpkin Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 27.8%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.