Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars
Beautiful paleo pumpkin pie bars with an almond flour 'sugar cookie' crust. These healthy pumpkin pie bars are grain and gluten free, naturally sweetened, easy to make and a great healthy anytime or Thanksgiving treat!
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars
PREP TIME:10 MINUTES COOK TIME:1 HOUR TOTAL TIME:1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES:12
For the sugar cookie crust:
1/4 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed fine almond flour (do not use almond meal)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or can sub coconut milk)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice or cloves)
Options for topping:
Whipped cream or coconut whipped cream, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, add in coconut oil, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Process for 20-30 seconds until well combined.
Next add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Process until a dough forms. Allow dough to sit for 5 minutes. You can also mix by hand or use an electric mixer, but I find the food processor to be the easiest.
Add dough to the prepared baking pan. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to help you even spread out the dough towards the edges. It should be thin, but don’t worry, it will puff up when it bakes. Bake for 9 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool for a 3-5 minutes.
To make the filling: In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Pour over the sugar cookie crust, and tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 50-60 minutes until set and filling no longer jiggles.
Remove and allow to cool completely at room temperature before covering with plastic wrap and transferring to the fridge for 6-8 hours, or overnight if desired.
Once ready, cut into 12 bars and serve with whipped cream or powdered sugar. I like to cut off the edges of my bars for a prettier look. Store bars in fridge for up to 5 days.
Recipe and picture from Ambitiouskitchen