A delicious fall recipe: pumpkin bars

Hello, my friends!

I have a delicious post for you in honor of being yesterday the first day of fall and just ’cause this is one of my favorite treats and I wanted to share it with you–Here’s my favorite recipe for pumpkin bars. These bars are quick and easy to make, plus absolutely yummy.

(And I’m currently munching on one right now while I’m writing this post.)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil*
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (65g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips

*I prefer melted butter over oil, but it’s up to you and your preference!

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 10×15 inch baking pan. Or line the pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily lift the bars (as a whole) out.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, maple syrup, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a mixer or whisk until completely combined. The batter will be thick.

Spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 28-35 minutes. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The bars are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the top or edges of the bars browning too quickly, loosely tent with aluminum foil.

Remove the bars from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack. Cool bars completely. (After about 45 minutes of cooling, you can place the bars in the refrigerator to speed things up!)

Enjoy with or without a fork, but definitely grab a napkin!

Cover and store pumpkin bars at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Credit for this recipe goes to Sally’s Baking Addiction.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and have a chance to try it out for yourself! (And if you do, do make sure to let me know in the comments.)

What’s your favorite fall recipe? Have you ever tried pumpkin bars? Do you like cinnamon or pumpkin better? Or some other flavor entirely?

Have a wonderful day!

I got a new camera! {+ pHOTO DUMP}

Hello, my friends!

Just a few days ago, I finally decided to splurge and buy a new camera! The camera I’ve been using is getting quite old (15 years, in fact. o.O), and even though I love it and am super comfortable with it, it was time for an upgrade. And so that’s how I came to be the owner of a Canon EOS Rebel T7 DLSR!

Anyway, I tried it out and definitely noticed an improvement in the lighting, clarity, and focus of these photos. I’m curious to see if you guys notice too or if it’s just me as the photographer. Let’s find out!

We’ll start with a few zinnias. They are slowly beginning to die with the come of fall and cooler weather, and I was glad to snap a few shots before they are gone for good.

I’d never seen white zinnias before this summer, but apparently, they do exist because we have plenty of them in our flower garden? They are so pretty, either way!

I love how sharp and clear this red zinnia is – it was one of the few that we have that are standing up straight since all of the other flowers are leaning to get the sunlight. 😂

This odd yellow-weed has been growing in our garden and in a lot of other places around our property. Mom was going to pull it but then it got quite tall and she was interested to see how it would flower. It’s quite pretty, in my opinion!

These flowers are so gorgeous – I love the rainy green atmosphere to this photo; it makes the orange of the flowers a lot brighter, I think.

So pretty. ❤

If you look closely, you can see all of the leaves that are slowly turning color mixed in with the green ones – Fall is on its way! We’ve had a lot of cooler weather lately, and it definitely feels quite fall-like out.

Because we’re on the subject of autumn and leaves falling. . . I absolutely love the lighting on this photo and the colors on the leaves.

This one leaf had so many holes, my goodness. I love seeing how different leaves are and how they vary in color, size, and so much else.

Another smattering of fall leaves I collected! Soon, we’ll have enough to start making our annual leaf pile, except we’re still waiting on the maple trees for that. . .

Onto a different subject! A spider. 😜 This guy was crawling on one of the zinnias.

This zinnia’s colors were so pretty. ❤ I love the lighting and the fall colors in this picture.

This flower too. ❤ The pink-purple color is gorgeous, and then with the green of the leave in the background adds to it.

Ooh, I love this one too! My fingers seem to be neon pink though, if you look closely. . .? Welp, that’s odd. XD

I had never seen small zinnias before this summer – Mom and I were both quite surprised since some of the zinnias from the same seeds were large and normal, too. It’s odd but the small ones are so cute!

This zinnia is so tiny and cute. 😂

Mercy came outside and walked around with me, and while she was climbing the tree, I got a few shots of her! She had the brilliant idea to use this leaf as a prop. . . 😅 😂

There we go! What did you guys think? I definitely noticed a bit of change while photographing these, but it seemed to be a much larger change once I uploaded all the photos and looked at them closer.

Which was your favorite photo? What do you think about spiders? Are you looking forward to Autumn?

Thank you for reading, friends, and please have a beautiful rest of your day!