Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bars

Yesterday, while making pumpkin bread with salted caramel drizzled pumpkin buttercream for my husband’s food day at work, I suddenly found myself really wanting a slice of that bread! :) But, that wasn’t an option, and I didn’t want to go through waiting for another loaf of bread to bake! My solution? Make bars using the same idea! Why not make pumpkin bars that have an entire layer of salted caramel in them, and then drizzle them with some more of that amazing salted caramel sauce?! So good!

These pictures were semi-tortuous to take. (Just look at that gooey layer of salted caramel!) I didn’t finish baking the bars until right before my husband got home, and we were going to go for a run right away. I wanted to get the pictures in before the sun set which meant taking them right before running. I have one of those stomachs that doesn’t allow me to eat anything at least an hour before I run, so tasting these was out of the picture!

I bet you’ll never guess what I ate as soon as we got back! Have a great weekend! You can insure that it’s a great one by making a couple of pans of these bars! ;)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bars

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar substitute or sugar
  • 1/2 C 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • **For the Salted Caramel
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp non-fat half & half
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together egg, brown sugar, and sugar substitute. Add in yogurt, butter, and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Slowly add in dry ingredients and beat until combined.
  4. Add in pumpkin and beat until combined.
  5. Spread about half of the batter into the bottom of a prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. In a medium saucepan, stir together brown sugar and half & half. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Stirring constantly, allow sugar mixture to boil until sugar has dissolved and mixture has turned dark brown. This will take about 3 minutes. Stir in butter and salt. Remove from heat and continue stirring for another two minutes to cool the mixture.
  8. Drizzle about 1/4 C of the salted caramel mixture over the top of the pumpkin bars and spread with a spoon. Spread remaining pumpkin batter over the top. Drizzle remaining two tablespoons of salted caramel mixture over top.
  9. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes over clean.
  10. Allow bars to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
  11. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

**If you want extra to drizzle more salted caramel over bars when serving, halve the ingredients for the salted caramel and make right before serving.

 

This recipe is linked with Crazy Sweet TuesdayFarm Girl Blog FestI’m Lovin’ It Fridays, Iron Chef Mom, Lil Luna Link PartyMop It Up MondaysStrut Your Stuff Saturday, Sweet Treats and Swanky StuffTrick of Treat TuesdayWeekend Potluck, Your Great Idea.

 

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Comments

  1. These looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing over on Weekend Potluck. We love having you there. I shared these on facebook too. Hope you have a great weekend! ~Brandie

  2. Abby says:

    I like the way you think! These look fantastic, have a great weekend!

  3. Wow! These look absolutely amazing!

    Bet it was good motivation on your run, knowing these were at home waiting for you :)

  4. Cassie says:

    I know the pain – rushing around to get photographs at just the right time, before the sun goes down, while the food looks edible. Oh, food blogging! They do look incredible, though!

  5. Pamela says:

    Love these! They are going on my list of Fall desserts to make!

  6. I found you at the Weekend Potluck. New fan here! These look amazing. I hope you will share at my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-4.html

  7. I just recently made pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting but your salted caramel topping is so much better! I definitely need to make these ASAP!

  8. Medeja says:

    That caramel makes it look sooo good and so tempting!

  9. OishiiTreats says:

    Looks delish as always. I’ve been pretty addicted to carmel lately and these carmel pumpkin bars sound to good to be true :)

  10. Oh my, these pumpkin bars look heavenly! I know what you mean about torture when taking photos of something soo yummy you just made, but you have to wait til the shoot is over!! Ahhh.

  11. I love this idea! looks delicious

  12. Yum!! Can I have a slice as well? You know… for quality control measures.

  13. Oh gosh. These look amazing!I still haven’t tried pumpkin with caramel because I can’t get over my white chocolate obsession. Maybe I could combine them. :)

  14. Those photos certainly are tortuous, I’m salivating like you wouldn’t believe!! And what a great idea to turn them into bars and add a layer of salted caramel.

    I bet they’re epic amazing!

  15. This look dangerously addicting! I LOVE it!!!

  16. I love this! Salted Caramel + pumpkin = awesome!

  17. Mariel says:

    Those sound amazing!! I had to pin it. I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  18. Wow! These sounds simply amazing! I love anything pumpkin, but with salted caramel?? Perfect combo!

  19. Rhonda says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks so delicious and I love Pumkpin!

  20. AutismUnited says:

    A nice seasonal bar idea. And I bet that salted caramel drizzle is awesome. Thanks, have to go and check for some pumpkin.

  21. This just shows how much will power you have…I am really good myself except when things are right out of the oven. These would have been a goner.

  22. YUM! Can’t wait to make these!

  23. How in the world did I miss these?! Pumpkin bars with homemade salted caramel? Incredible.

  24. Bree says:

    yum! I love the salty sweet combo here!

  25. Kristy says:

    Ok, these look amazing!!

  26. Shelley says:

    Jessica, your blog is so pretty! I am just in awe over this font!! I would love for you to link up these bars on my Halloween Edition Link Party! They look sooo good!!!! I hope you are well!!!

  27. tanya says:

    Good choice to skip the made and make these! Oh my gosh they look so good!!! That salted caramel is to die for!

  28. michelle says:

    salted carmel and pumpkin? WIN!

  29. Oh my goodness, that salted caramel is calling my name! Gorgeous bars!

  30. Jessica, I couldn’t be trusted with these. Holy moly! I just pinned these babies!

  31. Joann M says:

    There are no words to describe these – can’t wait to try them. Can you use regular half and half to make the salted caramel? I won’t use nonfat for anything else.

    PS – I love that when I’m typing my comment, in the box it’s in cursive! Would be cool if it posted that way too!

  32. Ami Allison says:

    Ya know I came here to say something about this, but I can’t stop drooling! OH MY GOSH! I need one of these like right NOW! :)

  33. Tricia says:

    Question for any of you out there. I have recently put my daughter on a gluten free diet. I know she would love these. Anyone out there have a good substitution for the flours? What kind would you use and how much? Thanks!

  34. bj says:

    Holy Cow…these look sooo good. Thanks so much.
    bj

  35. These look incredible!

  36. Cheri says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I Just had to post a link to your site!!

  37. Holli Duggan says:

    These look so yummy! Can you substitute fresh pumpkin for canned?

  38. Marie says:

    Two of my favorite things!! YUM

  39. Ami Allison says:

    I had to stop back by and drool some more!!!

  40. *drools* This looks absolutely delicious! I’m lovin the salted caramel!!

  41. Those look SO good! It took me a while, but I am loving salted caramel anything!

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