Pumpkin Bars

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water ( don't use if not using raisins)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (optional)
  • Brown sugar icing (optional)


  1. For raisins: In a saucepan, put 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cups raisins. Bring to a boil over high, then turn lower to simmer. Cook for about 5- 7 minutes, or until plump,  a little water will remain in the pan. Set aside.
  2. For walnuts: In a 350ºF oven toast walnuts for about 5 minutes or just toasted.
  3. For batter: In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
  4. Using an electric mixer, mix the oil, eggs, and buttermilk. Add both sugars and mix until sugar is thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Now, add the pumpkin and mix until all are combined. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix.
  6. Add the raisins and nuts and mix in with a spoon.
  7. Pour batter into a greased and parchment paper lined 13"x 9" pan and bake for about 3o minutes or until cake comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, let cool for about 15-20 minutes.