Monday, April 11, 2016

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Pie Bars (Grain-free, Egg-free, Paleo, GAPS)

I'm always on the search for healthy desserts and nutrient dense snacks that will fill my kids hungry tummies right up.  This recipe fits the bill for both.  These pumpkin bars by themselves make a great snack but by adding a few chocolate chips to the recipe I've tricked my kids into thinking they're now dessert.  Personally my favorite way to eat them is by ditching the chocolate chips and sprinkling a few chopped pecans on top. Sometimes I will even sprinkle three-fourths of the pan with chocolate chips and the other quarter with pecans so everyone is happy.

Not only are these pumpkin bars easy to whip together and free of refined sugar but they taste amazing!  They are so moist and light they practically melt in your mouth.  There's no reason to wait until fall to make these dreamy bars.  They are the perfect treat any time of year. 

Pumpkin Pie Bars


3/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 well-ripened banana (should have lots of brown spots)
1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Real Salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped pecans (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 8 x 8 glass dish.
2. Mash banana in a food processor or stand mixer. Add almond butter, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
3. Add remaining ingredients, mix until smooth.
4. Poor batter into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips or pecans on top if using. Bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Enjoy every delicious bite!

Printable recipe



  1. Totally can be very difficult to find healthy snacks for the kids. And I bet my kids would think these were a special treat. Love it when I can sneak healthy things in them as something to celebrate!

  2. Thanks Amy! I've been scouting out healthy recipes, but sometimes they seem so complicated and have several ingredients that I just don't buy or have never heard of... But this is simple, I have all the ingredients and I love that this is sugar free. Definitely giving this one a go!


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