Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

These Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars make the perfect Fall dessert. Packed with flavorful mix-ins, they’re made with white whole wheat flour and oats for a boost of fiber.

Hi Friends!

We’re digging into the archives to highlight yet another pumpkin recipe. Are you sick of it yet? If so, I’m sorry. Pumpkin season just makes me go a little crazy…in a good way. Anyways, this is a dessert recipe I posted 3 years ago. If you go back and re-read my original post, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how much I like these. So good. I think it’s the pumpkin-butterscotch combo that puts them over the edge!

These Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars make a healthier dessert option to satisfy your sweet tooth!

I made a batch of these last month and pretty much ate the whole pan myself so…… yeah. They’re good.

Here’s how you make them:

Serves 12

Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

A lightened-up pumpkin dessert bar packed with delicious add-ins!

Rating: 5.0 from 1 reviews1

5Prep Time

25Cook Time

30Total Time

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Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars


11/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 c oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 c pumpkin
1/2 c dark chocolate chips
1/2 c butterscotch chips
1/2 c Craisins


  1. Cream butter and sugars in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin and mix well.
  3. Mix in the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  4. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and Craisins and mix until evenly distributed.
  5. Grease a 9×13 pan (or line with parchment paper) and spread mixture evenly in pan. If you want a thicker bar, use a 9x9 pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

Of course the mix-ins are optional, but I highly recommend them all!

These Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars make a healthier dessert option to satisfy your sweet tooth!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. mmm!! i would add white chocolate chips!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Halloween Workout

  2. Thanks for digging through the archives- some epic gems there!
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted..Spicy Honey Roasted Peanuts

  3. I love everything about this recipe! The butterscotch is brilliant.
    jill conyers recently posted..Quick Easy and Spicy Veggie Stir Fry

  4. All the mix-in’s of course!!

  5. You had me at butterscotch chips, well that and pumpkin, Pinned for later!
    Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem recently posted..Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

  6. NO NO NO not sick of the pumpkin yet :)

    Keep digging. We be loving.
    Carla recently posted..I wore my #wycwyc tee out.

  7. Two of my holiday favorites, yum!!
    Dietitian Jess recently posted..Sticking to your Goals

  8. cranberry and white chocolate is a classic combo. And pumpkin added to the mix would just be heavenly
    Jojo @ Run Fast Eat Lots recently posted..Catching Up Part 3: Into the Tetons and the Best Hike Ever

  9. Nope–never get sick of pumpkin recipes! And I remember making these last year and loving them, so I’ll have to do it again now that you brought it out fresh!
    misszippy recently posted..Running as a catharsis

  10. You can never go wrong with pumpkin…ever!
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted..Recipe ReDux #12 Homemade Spicy Mustard

  11. I never made this the first time around- love the reminder to check them out again… and I have half a can of pumpkin I need to use in something!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..Maplewood 5k Recap

  12. The fact that you added butterscotch chips to these has me sold! For some reason I have never thought to combine pumpkin and butterscotch, but they sound like they would go perfectly together.
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..WIAW: October 22, 2014 (Recent Eats)

  13. I will never get sick of pumpkin!
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted..Everything I Ate Plus Kid Friendly Pulled Pork Recipe

  14. Pumpkin is everywhere, but I haven’t seen much cranberry. I bet that makes a really nice addition to these bars!

  15. Delish! I love this time of year!
    Jody – Fit at 56 recently posted..Gratitude Monday, Baby Shower, Family, Cookies

  16. I just pinned these! They will be so great to have around the house (and by house I mean my dad’s house/grandparent’s house) for the holidays for guests! Butterscotch is so underrated!
    Cassie recently posted..Eating in San Francisco

  17. Sick of pumpkin?! Never!!!

  18. Pinning to make soon…because it’s just not fall if there aren’t tons of pumpkin recipes around…and I LOVE butterscotch!
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom recently posted..Creamy White Bean Chicken Chili

  19. These look fun- and since you almost ate the whole pan yourself, I trust they’re good! 😉
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats recently posted..Blackened Seasoning Mix and Blackened Fish Recipe

  20. YUM! Pumpkin and cranberry screams fall. And these have oats in them which totally makes them breakfast appropriate right?! 😛
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance recently posted..How To: Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Puree

  21. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes recently posted..3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins

  22. Butterscotch & pumpkin are a unique mix! I love it and need to try this.
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted..WIAW…Orphan Food & Injury Pity Party

  23. I’m totally stalking for baby news! But these bars look fantastic too!
    Renee recently posted..Running Fast With Mizuno WaveRider 18

  24. Yummmm

  25. yummy pumpkin cranberry oat bars. perfect for spooky halloween.

  26. louise raymond says:

    can these be made gluten free ?


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