If you love pumpkin as much as I do, you are definitely going to love these pumpkin chocolate chip bars. This easy to make pumpkin and chocolate recipe is so amazing. Pumpkin might be associated with fall recipes but it’s delicious any time of the year. If you are looking for a moist, easy pumpkin squares recipe, this is it! You will love how well pumpkin and chocolate go together in these bars. These pumpkin squares with chocolate chips are made using pumpkin puree and full of rich flavour.
Pumpkin puree isn’t the same as pumpkin pie filling.
Pumpkin puree is simply cooked, pureed pumpkin, while pumpkin pie filling would be too sweet for this easy pumpkin squares recipe. Pureed pumpkin and chocolate go together harmoniously here.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars Ingredients
Look for ‘100% pumpkin’ on the can if you’re using canned, or else you can cook and mash your own pumpkin, as you prefer. The chocolate is another important element in these pumpkin squares with chocolate chips. I like to use semisweet chocolate although you could use any kind and I’m sure it would still be delicious.
Flour, butter and egg help create the perfect texture. In addition, you need vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar, for flavour. Feel free to use pumpkin pie spice in place of the nutmeg and cinnamon.
A little pinch of allspice, ginger and cloves would also work in an easy pumpkin squares recipe. Those spices feature in some pumpkin pie spice mixtures.
How to Prepare Pumpkin Squares with Chocolate Chips
Once you have all the ingredients ready, you can prepare this delicious pumpkin and chocolate recipe. After you melt the butter, stir in the egg, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and spices.
Mix in the flour next and then some of the chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into a baking pan and add the remaining chocolate chips on top. Now all that’s left to do is bake the pumpkin chocolate chip bars. And you will discover just how well pumpkin and chocolate go together!
I love how this pumpkin and chocolate recipe looks. The bars are a beautiful orange colour, thanks to the pumpkin. The chocolate chips contrast well in the finished bars.
Some Variations to Consider
The recipe is amazing as it stands but you can always tweak it if you want. Since pumpkin and chocolate go together you could try white chocolate chips or maybe some white and some semisweet.
I find that a cup of sugar adds the right sweetness but if you’re using bittersweet chocolate or you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can reduce the amount. I like to taste the batter before cooking it. That’s something you could do just to make sure the sweetness level suits your palate.
White sugar would work in place of brown if you prefer to use that. Light brown sugar tastes good or perhaps you’d enjoy the rich, molasses flavour of dark brown sugar more.
Even an artificial sweetener would work, so just use whatever you want to add the sweetness. Agave syrup and honey are more alternatives.
Omit the vanilla if you want or use another flavour such as almond extract instead. Personally I love how the vanilla adds flavour to the bars.
Why Pumpkin is Good for You
Not only is pumpkin delicious. It’s also a healthy ingredient in this easy pumpkin squares recipe. This winter squash is rich in Vitamins A, B12, C, and E.
It also boasts minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, and iron. It has plenty of beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Pumpkin is low in calories but rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
It’s also a great source of fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer. So not only are pumpkin chocolate chip bars yummy but they’re really good for you as well! So you can enjoy pumpkin squares with chocolate chips guilt-free!
What to Serve with this Pumpkin and Chocolate Recipe
These are versatile. You could enjoy one at brunch or serve the pumpkin chocolate chip bars for dessert. Add one to a box lunch or enjoy it as a late afternoon snack with coffee or iced tea.
How to Store Pumpkin Chip Bars
These moist, cake-like bars keep for about 4 days in an airtight container on the countertop. They are also freezer-friendly if you want to double up and freeze a batch. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator. You could also warm them in the microwave after thawing.
You will be pleasantly delighted how well pumpkin and chocolate go together in this easy pumpkin squares recipe. The warm, earthy spices and vanilla add extra flavour to the pumpkin chocolate chip bars. I am sure you’re going to love them!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment. Set aside.
- In a large, microwave safe bowl melt the butter. Let it sit a few minutes to cool.
- Add the egg, pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour and combine. Make sure that you don't over mix.
- Stir in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips.
- Place batter in the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with reserved chocolate chips. Smooth the top lightly with a spatula.
- Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try this pumpkin chocolate chip bars recipe! If you are looking for other pumpkin treat recipes, you might also like these Pumpkin Pie Popsicles with Oreo Crumble.