Healthy Pumpkin Bars with Chocolate Chips

These healthy pumpkin bars with chocolate chips are made with whole wheat pastry flour and less oil than traditional pumpkin bars! You’ll love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate.

Everywhere you look there’s something pumpkin flavored this time of year. I’m a pumpkin lover so this works in my favor. Naturally I take advantage of the season by indulging in all things pumpkin and last night I came up with another favorite recipe to add to my collection – pumpkin bars with chocolate chunks!

Baking dish with healthy pumpkin bars topped with chocolate chips.

If you only make one pumpkin flavored thing this fall, these chocolate chip pumpkin bars should definitely be it. They’re like pumpkin bread, but in bar form. They have the perfect amount of spice and the dark chocolate adds a rich sweetness to each bite.

Seriously, they are so good! I literally couldn’t keep my hands off them and ate one with every meal on Friday, including breakfast. Luckily I took most of them to Isaac’s parents’ house for dessert on Friday night so they won’t be sitting around tempting me anymore.

Spatula lifting up a pumpkin bar with chocolate chips from a baking dish.

Although indulging in these bars isn’t so bad because they really are healthy pumpkin bars!

Not only is pumpkin high in fiber and vitamins but I only used one Tablespoon of oil and substituted natural apple sauce and plain Greek yogurt for the rest of the fat. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour and dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Gotta love getting your antioxidants in the form of dark chocolate!

Ingredients in Healthy Pumpkin Bars

  • whole wheat pastry flour
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • coconut sugar – or brown sugar works too
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • Greek yogurt
  • coconut oil
  • egg whites
  • pumpkin puree – make sure you pick up canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling
  • dark chocolate chips

Pumpkin bar with chocolate chips on a plate.

Why Use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

Whole wheat pastry flour is ground more finely than regular whole wheat flour so it makes lighter baked goods. If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour at your local grocery store you can simply use all-purpose flour or a blend of 1 cup of whole wheat and 1 cup of all-purpose. It might change the consistency of the bars a little bit, but I think it should work fine.

Stack of three pumpkin bars with chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Bar Recipe

Start by mixing your dry ingredients together: the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In a separate large bowl, mix your wet ingredients: applesauce, yogurt, coconut oil, egg whites, vanilla and coconut sugar. Stir in the pumpkin puree. Slowly add the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour dough into a greased baking dish and top with additional chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be patient and let the bars cool completely then cut and enjoy!

Love this recipe? Try some of my other healthy pumpkin recipes too!

If you try this healthy pumpkin bar recipe, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out! Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

 

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Stack of three pumpkin bars with chocolate chips.

Healthy Pumpkin Bars with Chocolate Chips


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15

Description

These healthy pumpkin bars with chocolate chips are made with whole wheat pastry flour and less oil than traditional pumpkin bars! You’ll love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips + more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray 13 x 9 pan with non-stick spray.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mix sugar, applesauce, yogurt, oil, egg whites, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in pumpkin.
  5. Slowly pour flour mix into the wet ingredients and mix well until everything is combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour dough evenly into the greased pan and top with additional chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the middle of the bars.
  8. Cool completely, cut and enjoy!

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 183
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 197mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: healthy pumpkin bars

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    66 comments
    1. Jeanne
      October 13, 2020 AT 10:01 am

      These are incredible!! Seriously, the most moist, flavorful pumpkin bar I’ve ever had and I love that you don’t feel (or have your mouth taste) like you just ate a ton of sugar. Just perfect! I, also, was making these to share with a GF friend and I used GF oat flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour and it worked so well! Another win from EBF!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 13, 2020 AT 5:36 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Jeanne. I’m so glad you’re loving these bars. And good to know they worked well with oat flour! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

    2. Jessica
      September 3, 2020 AT 5:51 pm

      These are delicious! I made them as described with the only difference being using whole wheat flour (instead of pastry flour). I was nervous about the recipe since the last time I made a “healthy” pumpkin recipe, it was no good. However, these are so tasty and do not even need the chocolate chips. I love the perfect pumpkin flavor enough on its own. Thank you so much! Will be trying more of your recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 3, 2020 AT 11:12 pm

        Yay!! I’m so pumped you loved these bars, Jessica. Thanks for giving this recipe a shot and for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers. <3

    3. Gabrielle
      August 22, 2020 AT 7:21 pm

      Hi! I would love to try this, just curious if Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour 1-1 would work as well?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 11:45 pm

        I haven’t tried it, but that should work just fine! Let me know how these bars turn out for you if you end up making it. 🙂

    4. Emily
      April 3, 2020 AT 5:50 pm

      I loved these! I made a bunch of adjustments based on what was available in my house.

      1. I used regular whole wheat flour (instead of whole wheat pastry flour)
      2. I didn’t have pumpkin pie spice, so I used cinnamon and nutmeg. I used a total of 1 tablespoon (as the recipe called for), but in the future I would likely use more. It needed a little more spice, so I sprinkled cinnamon on top when it was done.
      3. I only used ~1/4 of a cup of brown sugar (even less than that maybe)
      4. I used sweetened applesauce that was chunky (was worried about this, but it was great!)
      5. I used vanilla greek yogurt (not plain) and I used closer to 1/2 a cup
      6. I didn’t have coconut oil, so I used regular canola oil
      7. I used 1 whole egg (not 2 egg whites)
      8. I used an entire can of pumpkin (was probably closer to 2 cups total)
      9. I used a mix of white, milk, and dark chocolate chips

      It turned out great despite all of these changes 🙂 I made it maybe an hour ago, and it’s 1/2 eaten! What a great recipe- thanks for posting!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 3, 2020 AT 6:51 pm

        Thanks for sharing your adjustments, Emily!! It’s super helpful. I’m glad these bars still turned out for you and you enjoyed them. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Tammy
      March 2, 2020 AT 2:51 pm

      Wow! This is so so good and easy to make. I used whole wheat flour and all purpose gluten free flour, both sifted. I also used a little extra applesauce and didn’t use the oil. I made it into a Bundt cake and I have to tell you, it’s amazing! Will be making this again and again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 9:09 pm

        Ahh I love that you turned these into a bundt cake!! So glad it turned out for you. 🙂 Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

    6. Lisa
      February 21, 2020 AT 4:14 pm

      Hi,

      I love your recipes. I find I can make quite a few of them while still following Medical Medium protocols. I can make flax eggs to substitute the eggs and use a gluten free all purpose flour blend. I read in the comments that canola oil can be subbed for Greek yogurt, but that is a “no food” as well. Would olive oil or coconut oil work?
      Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 23, 2020 AT 2:26 pm

        Hey Lisa – Oh yes, that comment should have been coconut oil since canola oil isn’t in the recipe 🙂 Sorry about that! But, yes you can probably just use coconut oil to replace the yogurt. Let me know how these bars turn out if you try them!

    7. Joelle Jatho
      December 16, 2019 AT 10:17 pm

      God made the egg with the yolk. Why omit it?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2019 AT 5:47 pm

        Hey Joelle – Egg whites are a way to lower the calories, while still keeping the protein. You can always use regular eggs instead of egg whites if you prefer. 🙂

    8. Susie
      November 18, 2019 AT 1:52 pm

      Hi 👋🏻 this is a wonderful recipe that also worked for me as mini muffins which I baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and they rose beautifully!! I also made the following modifications: used whole wheat flour (didn’t have pastry flour), used 2 whole eggs, not just egg whites (no idea what to do with leftover egg yolks, lol), added 1 teaspoon cinnamon (love!!) and 1 mashed ripe banana. Delicious and beautiful! Hope my toddler likes them so I can take to her school’s Thanksgiving luncheon! THANKS for all your amazing recipe, Brittany! 🙂 Blessings to you and your family!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 1:59 pm

        Hi Susie, I am so happy to hear that this recipe worked as muffins! I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating, it means the world to me. <3

    9. RichmondCohousing
      November 17, 2019 AT 7:17 pm

      A great recipe for potlucks – made this tonight and it was a winner all-around! Didn’t have pastry flour so did have to sub with 2/3 all purpose with 1/3 cake.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:43 am

        Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe was a hit. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me! <3

    10. Susie
      November 17, 2019 AT 12:05 am

      Hi, what could you use to substitute the apple sauce? I just don’t have any. Thanks! Love your recipes and blog!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:53 am

        Hi Susie, You could use mashed bananas or an additional 1/4 cup of yogurt or coconut oil to replace the applesauce. Let me know how these bars turn out if you try them!

    11. Kacee
      September 16, 2019 AT 7:45 am

      Made these last night and loved them! The texture is fantastic and even my very picky husband enjoyed them! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 16, 2019 AT 9:15 pm

        Hey Kacee! So happy to hear that! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating – your feedback means the world to me!

    12. Jill Wyckoff
      November 18, 2018 AT 7:24 pm

      I just made these and they are yummy! I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon & nutmeg to add more spicey flavor. I also used fresh pumpkin and mini chocolate chips. Can’t wait to serve it at Thanksgiving (if we don’t eat it all before!)

    13. Cameron
      February 28, 2014 AT 6:45 pm

      Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling
      style is awesome, keep up the good work!

    14. Susan Pelizzaro
      September 17, 2012 AT 8:18 am

      Hi Brittany, can raw sugar be used in place of sucanat? I’m not familiar with sucanat and I’m new to baking with raw sugar. The brand I have is Sugar In The Raw.
      Thanks! Love your blog 🙂
      Susan

    15. snenny
      April 9, 2012 AT 5:21 am

      I made these this morning as a bit of a cheeky decadent post-Easter brunch, and they turned out beautifully! Made them in two 7x15cm cake tins, as I didn’t have the larger 13×9 inch pan, thinking I’d have plenty left over for snacks/breakfasts on the go for the coming week, but it was so well received I’ve got one slice left… and I don’t see it lasting long.

      Thanks for an awesome recipe Brit <3 A new fave!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        April 9, 2012 AT 7:08 pm

        So glad you liked these bars – they’re one of my favorites. And thank you for coming back to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

    16. Mel
      March 13, 2012 AT 12:28 pm

      I made these as muffins- divine! Made half without chocolate and used craisins instead- hubby doesn’t like chocolate! He loved them and my kids loved thecones with the chocolate!!! Delish!!!!!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 14, 2012 AT 10:39 pm

        Hi Mel. I’m so glad they turned out well as muffins!!

    17. Kim M.
      November 21, 2011 AT 11:53 pm

      I made these last night for snacks for the week. They are WONDERFUL! Thanks!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        November 22, 2011 AT 7:02 am

        So glad you liked the pumpkin bar Kim! Thank you for coming back and leaving a comment to let me know! 🙂

    18. Vicky
      November 19, 2011 AT 12:19 am

      I just got done making these. I couldn’t even wait for them to cool all the way before I took a small bite. These are uh-mazing!!! Thanks for this recipe!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        November 19, 2011 AT 8:38 am

        So glad that you liked them Vicky!

    19. amymac
      November 14, 2011 AT 10:45 am

      just made these yesterday and they are delicious! this recipe is definitely a keeper – thank you! ~amy

    20. Melanie Rice
      October 20, 2011 AT 6:33 pm

      do you have any recommended substitutes for the yogurt?? thanks!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        October 20, 2011 AT 9:34 pm

        I think you could skip using the yogurt and just use 1/4 cup of canola oil instead of 1 Tablespoon and it would come out fine. 🙂 Hope that helps!

    21. Christi
      October 11, 2011 AT 3:48 pm

      Thank you for posting this recipe. I have such a sweet tooth but am disappointed with most of the low calorie sweets I make. I love that these use all “real” ingredients. I made them but halved the recipe and used organic dark chocolate chips and they were delicious. I just ate one with a little true whip and cinnamon on top with my afternoon coffee and was very pleased that for only 130 calories these were so good. I also appreciate you calculating the calories correctly. So often I make something and then figure out after eating them that the calorie count was way off. However, I figured these for 9 nine servings after halving the ingredients and they were exactly 130 calories each. Definitely a keeper!

    22. Amy
      October 11, 2011 AT 1:09 pm

      oh my these look awesome! Im pinning this bad boy!

    23. jessie ann james
      October 10, 2011 AT 1:03 pm

      these look delicious! Thank you so much for posting this i cant wait to try it:) I love all things pumpkin and throw in chocolate I may just die! if you get a chance, check out my site at http://www.jessieannjames.com/?page_id=12 Im kinda new at this so id love your thought!

    24. Joy
      October 10, 2011 AT 12:01 pm

      That looks wonderful.

    25. Jenn (eating bender)
      October 10, 2011 AT 11:20 am

      This looks incredible! Definitely going to have to try out the recipe – that Ghirardelli sea salt makes my mouth water just looking at it. 😉 Congrats on the Fit Stop feature in addition to your SHAPE nomination. I can’t tell you how happy I was to read/see both of them. You are an amazing blogger!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        October 11, 2011 AT 1:29 pm

        Thank you so much Jenn. That means a lot coming from you!

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