They started off as a weekend treat. Then a quick breakfast option and onto an after-gym snack. They are pretty much just always around these days.
This pumpkin bar recipe from the Detoxinista has been a weekly staple for us this season. Canned pumpkin is hard to come by in this city but we had some generous visitors come through Edinburgh and they brought us canned pumpkin from the States… they know me too well!
They are moist. Pumpkiny. Warm. Comforting. And the closest thing I got to pumpkin pie, that is GF, DF, and refined sugar-free this year. They have been the perfect alternative and great with a morning cup of joe.
I have successfully reintroduced a couple of key spices here after following the AIP. If you have yet to incorporate nutmeg and clove into your diet, look at the link here for a vegan and AIP-friendly recipe for pumpkin bars from Cook It Up Paleo.
Paleo Pumpkin Bars
Makes 12 bars
15 oz. pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
Coconut oil, for greasing the pan
- Preheat the oven to 350F / 175C
- Grease a 9×9 baking tray well with coconut oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well.
- Transfer batter to the greased baking tray, smooth the top.
- Bake at for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the center is firm.
- Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve.
- Share with your people, enjoy!
- Coconut flour is a unique GF flour to use in baking. This recipe relies on using coconut flour and a substitution is not as straight forward as you might think. If you would like to use a different flour substitute look here for an almond flour recipe from Elana’s Pantry.
- These bars will store well in the fridge for a few days (if they last that long!)
- Try a pumpkin pie spice blend for ease and perfect ratios.
What healthy treats do you or your families make every year? The past few years my mom makes delicious crust-less pies for the holidays. Instead of a traditional pie crust, she makes the most delicious base of ground nuts, coconut oil and agave nectar or maple syrup. See a similar recipe here
I can attest that this recipe is a delicious addition while you are putting up your Christmas decorations. I hope you are having a lovely start to your December and Advent season.
Have a delicious week, x!