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Healthy Pear Oatmeal Crumb Bars

Oatmeal Pear Crumb Bars with perfect shortbread crust, rich and gooey cinnamon spiced pears and an amazing crispy crumble topping makes for the perfect bite of fall bliss! These bars are remarkably easy to make, are vegan and are a great healthy dessert option for people with multiple dietary restrictions.

Spoon drizzling glaze over the crumb bars.

If you’ve tried my Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, 5-Ingredient Blackberry Pie Bars, or Vegan Peach Pie Bars, you already know what we’re getting into here. 

That’s correct. Pure unadulterated lusciousness. 

After making countless types of desserts for this blog, the genre my partner and I agree always turn out the best are fruit crumb bars. 

We just simply can’t stop eating them, so I couldn’t possibly stop sharing them. 

They are silly simple to make, require only six basic ingredients, and are truly addicting.

This to say.

Welcome to your newest obsession: Healthy Pear Crumb Bars.

Slice of pear crumb bar on a plate

First and foremost, pears can be highly underrated. They are truly the unsung hero of fall.

While pears have a very subtle flavor, their natural sweetness and the fact that they accept cinnamon and other spice so graciously makes them a beautiful canvas or supporting actor to play well with other ingredients.

Plus, when sauteed or cooked, the texture of sweet pears is just so lovely!

Combine juicy pears with a flaky shortbread crust and delicious buttery crispy topping and you’re looking at a slice of actual sex. 

Guaranteed to be a new family favorite!

Close up of sliced glazed pear bars.

Let’s discuss the simple ingredients needed to make these easy pear bars.

Ingredients for Pear Pie Crumble Bars:

Pear Oatmeal Bar Crust Ingredients:

Coconut oil, gluten-free all-purpose flour, rolled oats, pure maple syrup (or granulated cane sugar). 

This combination of ingredients makes for a perfectly flaky crust and topping that has a buttery shortbread crust vibe and also tastes buttery in spite of being dairy-free. 

I love that the oatmeal adds a nutty flavor and rustic essence to the crust and topping, giving it that familiar flavor we all love in an oatmeal treat. 

Ingredients For the Pear Filling:

Fresh pears (I use bosc pears, but any type of pear works), pure maple syrup (or cane sugar) ground cinnamon, sea salt, and gluten-free all-purpose flour.

The pear filling turns out so sweet and gooey. It’s everything you want in a delicious fruit pie filling! 

Optional Glaze:

Powdered sugar and water (or lemon juice) is all you need to make an easy powdered sugar glaze.

While the bars are plenty sweet and delicious enough as is, adding a simple powdered sugar glaze just skyrockets them to outer space.

Imagine that creamy glaze adding little bits of crisp to an already crispy crumb bar. If you love danishes or glazed donuts, you absolutely must add the glaze!

Baking pan of pear crumb bars, cooling to be sliced.

Can I Make These Grain-Free? 

You can absolutely make grain-free pear bars! In fact, I have a great deal of bar recipes that use almond flour for a paleo treat. 

To make the crust and topping using almond flour, simply mix together 3 cups of finely ground almond flour, 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil or butter and 3 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener. 

Proceed with the recipe as written, and you’re in for delicious Paleo Pear Crumb Bars!

This is the same recipe I’ve used for my Paleo Blueberry Crumb Bars, Vegan Cranberry Crumb Bars and Paleo Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Have I mentioned this obsession with crumb bars? It’s a thing.

Now that we’re familiar with the ingredients for these pear oatmeal crumb bars, let’s bake them!

How to Make Pear Crumb Bars:

Prepare the Crust and Crumble Topping:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (an 8-inch square pan works too).

Mix all of the ingredients for the crust and crumble topping in a mixing bowl until everything is well-combined (coconut oil or butter, gluten-free all-purpose flour, oats, sea salt, and granulated sugar or pure maple syrup).

Ingredients for crust and crumb topping in a mixing bowl, ready to be mixed together
Crust mixture mixed up in a mixing bowl.

Note: if you like using your food processor to make crusts, feel free to use it here rather than mixing in a large bowl.

Measure out ½ cup of the mixture and set it aside to use later for topping the bars.

Transfer the rest of the oat mixture to the parchment-lined baking pan and press it into an even layer for the bottom crust. It may seem like there isn’t enough crust at first, but don’t worry – it will all press nicely into a solid layer.

Crust pressed into a baking pan with some reserved crumble topping to the side

Poke the crust several times with a fork and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until it is golden brown around the edges.

Make the Pear Filling:

Combine pears, water, pure maple syrup, salt, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan and stir well. Cover and heat over medium-high heat on the stove top and bring the mixture to a full boil.

Pears, cinnamon and pure maple syrup in a saucepan, ready to be heated up

Once boiling, stir in the gluten-free all-purpose flour and continue cooking for another 2 to 5 minutes, until the pears have softened and the juices are nice and thick.

Finished pear filling in a saucepan, ready to be used.

Assemble the Pear Cobbler Bars:

Transfer the pear mixture to the prepared baked crust and spread it into an even layer. 

Crust in a baking pan with pear filling on top.

Sprinkle the reserved crumble mixture (remaining dough) over the pear layer. Bake for 22 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown.

Pear crumb bars fresh out of the oven.

Remove the bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely (to room temperature) before slicing into squares.

Vertical image of sliced pear crumb bars on parchment.

If you’d like, you can make an easy powdered sugar glaze by stirring together 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of water or lemon juice.

Serve and enjoy!

Store any leftover pear pie bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These bars freeze magically well! Simply transfer them to a large zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • If you aren’t gluten-free, swap the gluten-free all-purpose flour for regular all-purpose flour. 
  • Similarly, if you aren’t dairy-free, use melted butter instead of coconut oil. 
  • Trying to keep it lower in sugar? Use sugar-free confectioners sweetener instead of regular powdered sugar for the glaze (if you’re making one).
  • If you have ground cardamom or ground nutmeg on hand, feel free to add it to the pear filling for some added warmly spiced nuance. Just remember that a little cardamom or nutmeg goes a long way, so you only need a tiny pinch for a lot of flavor. 
  • Add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the crust mixture for some depth and warmth if you have it on hand.
  • Brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, and maple sugar all work as replacements for the pure maple syrup.
  • Use orange juice instead of water in the pear filling for some citrus flair. You can also add in 1 tablespoon of orange zest.

And that’s it! A magnificent fall dessert that is ideal for pear season!

Serve these pear crumble bars with ice cream and caramel sauce for an even more decadent dessert for a special occasion.

Slice of pear bar on a plate with a napkin to the side.

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Spoon drizzling glaze over the crumb bars.
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Healthy Pear Crumb Bars

Delicious cinnamony healthy Pear Crumble Bars with amazing flaky shortbread crust and delicious crispy crumb topping is the ultimate fall treat!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Brownies & Bars
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust and Topping:

Pear Filling:

  • 3 large ripe bosc pears sliced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup***
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg optional
  • 1 Tbsp gluten-free all-purpose flour*
  • Pinch sea salt

Optional Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water or lemon juice

Instructions

Prepare the Crust and Crumble Topping:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper (an 8-inch square pan works too).
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the crust and crumble topping in a mixing bowl until everything is well-combined (coconut oil or butter, gluten-free all-purpose flour, oats, sea salt, and granulated sugar or pure maple syrup).
    Ingredients for crust and crumb topping in a mixing bowl, ready to be mixed together
  • Measure out ½ cup of the mixture and set it aside to use later for topping the bars. Transfer the rest of the oat mixture to the parchment-lined baking pan and press it into an even layer for the bottom crust. It may seem like there isn’t enough crust at first, but don’t worry – it will all press nicely into a solid layer.
    Crust pressed into a baking pan with some reserved crumble topping to the side
  • Poke the crust several times with a fork and bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 18 to 22 minutes, or until it is golden brown around the edges.

Make the Pear Filling:

  • Combine pears, water, pure maple syrup, salt, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan and stir well. Cover and heat over medium-high heat on the stove top and bring the mixture to a full boil.
    Pears, cinnamon and pure maple syrup in a saucepan, ready to be heated up
  • Once boiling, stir in the gluten-free all-purpose flour and continue cooking for another 2 to 5 minutes, until the pears have softened and the juices are nice and thick.
    Finished pear filling in a saucepan, ready to be used.

Assemble the Pear Cobbler Bars:

  • Transfer the pear mixture to the prepared baked crust and spread it into an even layer. 
    Crust in a baking pan with pear filling on top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture (remaining dough) over the pear layer. Bake for 22 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown.
    Pear crumb bars fresh out of the oven.
  • Remove the bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely (to room temperature) before slicing into squares.
    Sliced pear crumb bars on a sheet of parchment paper
  • If you’d like, you can make an easy powdered sugar glaze by stirring together 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of water or lemon juice.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*You can replace the GF all-purpose flour in the pear filling with tapioca flour or cornstarch if you’d prefer
**If you’re using butter instead of coconut oil, add another 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons total).
***You can replace the pure maple syrup with cane sugar or brown sugar if you'd prefer.
Store any leftover pear pie bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These bars freeze magically well! Simply transfer them to a large zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar (of 12) | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

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suzi

Sunday 14th of January 2024

I made this tonite and had to come back and BRAG! This was the tastiest thing. So healthy and clean the ingredients, too. Used green Bartlett pears and added sliced almonds on top before baking. Just a slight handful. Skipped the optional frosting. Will keep this one for sure!!

Julia

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Great success! I'm so thrilled to hear you enjoy the recipe, Suzi! I love the idea of using pumpkin pie spice - how brilliant! xo

suzi

Sunday 14th of January 2024

oh and I used pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, etc.... Thanks again for this one!!

Misty

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

I made these last night and they were phenomenal! I added the optional ingredients vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cardamom. For the glaze I used 1/2 cup powdered monk fruit sweetener with about 2 tbsp of lemon juice. My husband and I ate half the pan! This will definitely be on repeat :) thanks!

Julia

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

All of that sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing, Misty!! I'm so thrilled you and your husband enjoy the recipe :)

Steph

Friday 24th of November 2023

Made these for my 15 M baby, but ended up eating it ourselves! I was surprised on how good this recipe was, both my husband & I enjoyed it!

We had quite a few (almost) rotten pears to get rid of, so I figured we should make a crumble and Im glad we did! Turned out great, highly recommend :)

Thank you for the yummy recipe!

Julia

Monday 27th of November 2023

Aww I love it! So thrilled you guys were able to use up overripe pears and I'm happy you and your husband enjoyed the bars! xo

S

Monday 16th of October 2023

What can you substitute for the Sea Salt?

Julia

Monday 16th of October 2023

Hi there! Are you looking to use regular table salt (iodized salt)? If so, I would halve the amount, as regular iodized salt tastes saltier than sea salt. Aside from that, any type of salt will work, including pink salt. Hope you enjoy!

Sydney

Friday 28th of October 2022

Hi, Would almond flour work for this?

Julia

Monday 31st of October 2022

Hi Sydney! See my notes in the blog post about how to make the recipe grain-free using almond flour - it will point you to exactly what you need to do :)

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