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October 8, 2008 / kristieinman

>Pumpkin Oatmeal Coconut Bars

>I took the picture and the recipe directly from the HomeMade Simple site. I made them tonight – big hit! The only change I made was using unsweetened coconut – it doesn’t say either way, but most people use the sweetened kind, I’m sure it would work fine.



Pumpkin Coconut Oatmeal Bars October is the month for pumpkins, so try a truly unique dessert recipe that’s a delightful twist on classic pumpkin pie. Sweet layers of oatmeal, cinnamon, pumpkin and coconut will appeal to the whole family and best of all, it’s a portable treat you can eat with your hands!
Serves: 9-16 (depending on size of bars)Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Approximate cost: 54¢ per serving for 9 bars, 38¢ per serving for 16 bars
INGREDIENTS
Crust 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick cook oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Filling
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup shredded coconut
INSTRUCTIONS
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
Combine the crust ingredients in a mixing bowl until evenly mixed.
Press the mix into the bottom of greased 8” x 8” pan.
Bake for 10 minutes to precook and firm up the crust.
Combine all filling ingredients and pour over the warm crust. Return to oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean. Baking times will vary for different ovens and altitudes.
Serving Suggestion: Top with a dollop of Chai Mousse from this Light and Fun Tea Party article.
Tip: Try using parchment paper in the bottom of your pan in addition to greasing to help release the bars easier and prevent the crust from over browning. Once you’ve pressed the crust into the pan, try poking it with a fork to keep it from cracking.
Cooking is all about experimentation and creating something you love and look forward to eating. Use these recipes as starting points and try adding your own favorite ingredients to truly make them your own.
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  1. JoEllen / Oct 9 2008 1:27 am

    >Seriously? I love October because there are so many yummy pumpkin treats. These look awesome!

  2. Wendy / Oct 9 2008 5:39 pm

    >These look delicious! I’m going to have to give them a try.

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