I love to add a little Pumpkin Can in a variety of dishes year-round, like chili, mac and cheese and a ton of delicious baked goods, like the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe!
I know that for many people, pumpkin automatically makes them think of fall. Well, if you are only enjoying the deliciousness of pumpkin in the fall months, you are totally missing out!
I really enjoy pumpkin, but oddly enough, I am not a fan of pumpkin pie at all. This Pumpkin Chocolate Bars Recipe is going to WOW all of your guests - not just the pumpkin pie fans!
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe
It will come as no surprise to you that I absolutely love to bake. As a baker (and I certainly don't use that term in any professional sense, my baking feet are firmly planted on the ground), I often find myself rummaging through my kitchen for ingredients for recipes I am working on...and coming up empty handed.
Through years of trial and error, I've found that pumpkin can serve as a substitute for baking staples like oil and eggs.
After experimenting with substitutions, I've found that I really love the subtle taste of pumpkin in my everyday recipes, like cookies, brownies, blondies - even waffles and pancakes!
Oh, but this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe? It's one of my best creations ever!
Where can I find the recipe card?
If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips and similar recipe ideas, hit the Jump to Recipe button for the printable recipe card.Jump to Recipe
Are you looking for other fun Dessert Recipes like this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe?
It’s The Season For All Things Pumpkin Spice Right? It’s everyone’s guilty pleasure this time of year.
We have our fancy coffee drinks, baked goods, even room sprays. Seems like everywhere you look there’s a new *thing* made into our favorite fall flavor.
Check out these really fun Pumpkin flavored recipes on The Rebel Chick, like our Pumpkin Spice Frozen Yogurt Popsicles.
I am always adding new pumpkin recipes, especially during the months surrounding Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. Take a look and see if there is anything that sounds tasty to you!
Why should you include pumpkin in your diet?
Pumpkin is such a versatile vegetable, and it can be used in a many different sweet and savory dishes - any time of year!
And pumpkin SHOULD be a part of your diet throughout the year, because it's a super food!
Did you know that Pumpkin is full of fiber and Vitamin A, and is packed with Beta Carotene? When I replace eggs and oil in recipes with pumpkin puree, I am not only reducing the fat content, but I am adding nutritional content to my dishes!
You can also stir a little pumpkin puree into jarred or prepared sauces to help reduce the amount of sodium in each serving.
See, I told you that pumpkin is a super food!
How to make this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe Ingredients
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- ½ a mashed banana (or 1 egg)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup Libby's canned pumpkin puree
- 1 12 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips
Get all of your cooking and baking supplies on Amazon.com!
Amazon Prime Fresh has TONS of household supplies and groceries at great prices and offers free delivery with an Amazon Prime membership! Sign up for Amazon Prime Fresh here!
These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars are full of good stuff: pumpkin, banana, dark chocolate - you're getting a nice dose of antioxidants from the dark chocolate, potassium from the bananas and Beta Carotene, Vitamin A and fiber from the pumpkin.
Healthy Tip: You can even substitute applesauce or coconut oil for the butter in this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe if you like, but it might change the consistency of the cookie bars, so I suggest halving this recipe if you are going to do so to see how they turn out.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Beat together cream banana, butter and sugar until it reaches a creamy consistency. Then beat in the vanilla, baking soda and salt. Beat in pumpkin puree until you have a light and fluffy dough.
It will resemble a mousse and don't be afraid to taste it; there's no raw eggs, so it is safe to eat!
Add in flour and beat at low speed until you have a soft, smooth dough. Stir in chocolate chips.
Your batter will be too thick to pour into your greased baking dish, so you will have to spread it until it's even. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
I stopped mine at 35 minutes and used a toothpick (insert it in the middle) to check done-ness. Your toothpick should come out clean with maybe a crumb or two.
You can either set the baking dish on a wire rack to cool or move to the refrigerator to set quickly.
Tip: I always refrigerate brownies, bars and breads before cutting and serving so that they are easier to cut and hold their shape for presentation.
I also used a paring knife to cut them into bars - that's how I got that super sharp edge!
Share this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe with your friends and family on social media!
If you love this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe as much as we do, please leave me a 5-star review below and help me share this recipe on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
If you do make the recipe, I hope you’ll share that you tried it on Pinterest! I love it SO MUCH when readers share their feedback!
To print this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe, simply click the recipe card below!
I know that many people still like to print out recipes and keep them in a recipe binder, or simply have the printed recipe sitting in front of them when it comes time to cook!
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Beat together cream banana, butter and sugar until it reaches a creamy consistency. Then beat in the vanilla, baking soda and salt. Beat in pumpkin puree until you have a light and fluffy dough.
- It will resemble a mousse and don't be afraid to taste it; there's no raw eggs, so it is safe to eat!
- Add in flour and beat at low speed until you have a soft, smooth dough. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Your batter will be too thick to pour into your greased baking dish, so you will have to spread it until it's even. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.