Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Streusel Bars

Anybody else been bitten by the pumpkin bug? Yep. Me too.

It’s that time of year again…a time when you can’t scroll through your FB newsfeed without one of your friends posting about their pumpkin spice latte. (I’m not a coffee drinker so that whole thing is entirely lost on me.) I shared a bunch of my favorite pumpkin recipes last year including pumpkin magic bars, pumpkin bread, and, my absolute favorite, pumpkin brookies. This year I was looking for something new.

Flash back to a few weeks ago when I was scrolling through my newsfeed, shaking my head at all the PSL posts, and a post from Two Peas and Their Pod caught my eye. Pumpkin chocolate chip streusel cake. BINGO.

This dessert is perfect! It’s not too pumpkin-y, not too chocolate-y, not too rich…and best served with a big fat scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking to get a little more orange in your diet, this is the way to go.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Streusel Bars (adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod to be egg-free)

Cake:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbls baking powder mixed with 1 Tbls white vinegar & 1 Tbls water (or sub in 1 egg)
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup chocolate chips

Streusel:
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 Tbls cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking dish & set aside.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl & mix well.

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Cream together butter & sugars. Add egg or egg substitute mixture, vanilla, and pumpkin purée.

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Mix in dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread mixture into the baking dish.

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For the streusel, first mix up the dry ingredients then mix the cold butter chunks into that. I think it’s easiest to use clean hands to mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients but you can also use a couple knives to cut the butter into the dry mixture. Sprinkle streusel over batter in the baking dish.

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Sprinkle chocolate chips over top everything.

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Bake for 30-40 minutes. Watch for the cake to pull away from the sides of the pan or check it with a toothpick.

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Try not to eat the entire pan in one sitting! Enjoy!

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