HAPPY THURSDAY and welcome to day 4 of pumpkin week. This recipe could be one of my favorites of the week and one that I think many of you will absolutely adore.
I made these bars because I’m infatuated with pumpkin pie. Like straight up obsessed. But I think I’ve told you that a million times.
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Ingredients in healthy pumpkin pie bars
The paleo pumpkin pie bar filling is made with simple ingredients that I based off my healthy pumpkin pie recipe and the crust is one of my favorites because it’s soft, doughy and tastes incredibly similar to a soft lofthouse style sugar cookie. The recipe for the crust is just slightly adapted from my AMAZING almond flour sugar cookie recipe so you know you’ll love these bars. Here’s everything you need to make them:
- Coconut oil: we’re using a bit of coconut oil in the crust for the perfect amount of moisture. You can also use butter or vegan butter.
- Coconut sugar: you’ll add coconut sugar in the sugar cookie crust and a bit in the filling to naturally sweeten it.
- Eggs: you’ll need 3 eggs in this recipe – one for the crust and two for the filling. I cannot offer a suggestion for a vegan substitute as the filling consistency relies heavily on the eggs.
- Vanilla extract: for a little boost of flavor.
- Almond & coconut flour: the crust is made out of a mix of almond flour and coconut flour to keep it grain and gluten free. So delicious.
- Baking soda & salt: to help these pumpkin pie bars bake up well.
- Pumpkin puree: feel free to use canned pumpkin puree or make your own with this tutorial!
- Almond milk: the filling will need a little extra moisture from almond milk. Feel free to use any milk you’d like.
- Maple syrup: we’re adding a bit of pure maple syrup to the filling as well for additional sweetness.
- Pumpkin pie spice: you can use pre-made pumpkin pie spice or make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and allspice or cloves.
- Optional toppings: powdered sugar (or my paleo powdered sugar), whipped cream and/or coconut whipped cream
How to make paleo pumpkin pie bars
The only downside to this recipe is that it needs to cool completely then sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours before you enjoy it. My recommendation? Make it the night before!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 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.
How to store healthy pumpkin pie bars
Once your pumpkin pie bars are completely cooled, place them into airtight containers and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy straight from the fridge!
Can you freeze pumpkin pie bars?
Yes! To freeze these paleo pumpkin pie bars simply let them cool completely, wrap them up well and freeze them for up to 1 month. Before serving let the pumpkin pie bars thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
I love enjoying these bars as is or topping them with whipped cream or powdered sugar. They’re literally the best and perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
More pumpkin recipes to try
The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat
Healthy Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Salted Maple Frosting
Healthy Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze
Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cups
Coconut Double Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
If you make these healthy pumpkin pie bars, be sure to leave a comment and rate the recipe below letting me know how you liked it, You can also follow me on Instagram and tag #ambitiouskitchen!
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars with Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Crust
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 thanksgiving treat!
- 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
- 2 eggs
- 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:
- Powdered sugar
- 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.
To make the crust:
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.
To freeze: simply let them cool completely, wrap them up well and freeze them for up to 1 month. Before serving let the pumpkin pie bars thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen
Photography by: Sarah Fennel // Broma Bakery
These look AMAZING! Definitely will be making these more than once this fall…
And that last photo with the powdered sugar snowing down?! Beautiful!
Perfect for Thanksgiving (and all fall long!) <3
Agree – the photos amazing. Quick question – can u make almond flour from almond nuts? With Virsmix?
Thanks so much! To make your own in a Vitamix I would use blanched almonds and pulse until they’re finely ground (just be careful not to over-process them as it will turn into almond butter!)
That powdered sugar photo is EVERYTHING. Bravo!
Isn’t it amazing?! You can thank my friend Sarah for those!
AMAZING PICTURES!!! also I am absolutely making these ASAP and will write a review even though I already know 100% they are getting a 5 star from me!!!
Thanks Emaleigh! Hope you enjoy 🙂
I make all my own almond meal out of the leftover almonds from the Allman milk I make. If I ground the Allman milk a little bit finer in my vita mix, would I be able to use that instead of almond flour?
Almond, not allman 🙂
Hi Nikki! You can definitely make your own almond flour by blending almonds in your vitamix – just be sure it doesn’t turn into almond butter!
Unfortunately I don’t have almond flour. Do you think I could substitute ground almond and coconut flour mixed together?
These look amazing. xx
Hi Jen! I’ve only made the crust this way, but if you have blanched almonds you can grind them into a super fine almond flour!
Thank you Monique. I just bought coconut flour for the first time, so haven’t experimented with it yet.
I just wanted to say I love your recipes and reading you’re posts! Thank you!
Thanks so much, Jen! Have fun with the coconut flour (so many good things to make – search “coconut flour” on my site!)
These pumpkin pie bars look really nice! I have experimented with flax seeds and cornstarch in pumpkin pie recipes, and they have worked as egg substitutes for those who want to omit the eggs! But anyways, I have totally had my fair share in baking fails. Coconut flour is definitely NOT a 1:1 baking replacement for all purpose flour. LOL!
Yes definitely easier to make egg substitutes than flour ones! Coconut flour is a unique one!
These look DIVINE! Pinning 🙂
I made these with sweet potatoes and they were very good. I’m not gluten free either but had some almond flour on hand. My husband loved the crust.
Sweet potatoes in here sound amazing! Glad you both enjoyed 🙂
I made these last night and they are incredible! I took a bite after they cooled from the oven and then proceeded to eat all the edges off of one side.. oops! I think they taste the best after they’ve cooled from the oven, delicious! I’m not sure which is better the crust or the filling..Yum!
I’m so happy you got to make these! They’re one of my favorites for fall 🙂 glad you enjoyed!
Made these today and they are delicious! I did notice that my crust is much darker than yours (I made exactly a written) and it kind of baked into the filling, so not a distinct look between crust & filling
These turned out so good! Mine were much darker than the pictures for some reason, but they didn’t taste burnt or anything. Everyone at work loved them!
Could have been the coconut sugar or maple you used, but either way I’m glad they were delish!
Made these yesterday and after a night in the fridge they were AMAZING! huge hit with my picky family!!! thank you!
also, i made no substitutions!
Awesome! So happy to hear that 🙂 Such a great treat to share with the family!
I want to make these! I have all the ingredients except Cocnut flour. Any substitution? Thank you for all of your awesome recipes!
You could try using flaxseed meal! Let me know how it goes 🙂 Thank you for reading along!
Don’t have flaxseed meal!
Love trying your recipes, simply delish! Can I substiitute sweet potato for the pumpkin?
Hi Flo – I’m so glad you’re loving them! I haven’t tried these with sweet potato, so I’m not 100% certain if the baking might change. Let me know if you do try it!
Made these for Christmas and they turned out great! The crust was amazing and it never mixed in with the filling,which was delicious:) would make again!
So happy to hear that!
I made these last night. They are SO GOOD….
We are this morning…OMG as I always say it’s HEAVEN❤
Love these! Perfect for fall 🙂
This recipe is a keeper! They improve each day – best on day 2-5 if they last that long. The textures meld. Great with coffee in the morning. The ingredients are initially pricey, if you don’t have coconut flour, coconut sugar, and almond flour, but you can use them for multiple batches, which you will definitely be making!
Glad you love these! I have tons of recipes using coconut flour (here) and almond flour (here) to try out, too 🙂
These look AMAZING and I can’t wait to try!! Can you sub olive oil for coconut oil?
They’re delicious! I would not recommend olive oil. I’d suggest melted butter or vegan butter instead.
Can I use regular sugar i stead of coconut sugar?
I have light brown, dark brown, and gfanulated… no coco ut 🙁
Brown sugar will work, too!
Thanks for your reply and sorry for all the typos!!!! 🙂
Please share the nutritional info 🙂 love these
baking them now! hoping they’ll be good. but is 6 hours an absolute minimum for letting them cool?
Hope you loved them, Lucy! They set the best at 6 hours minimum, but should still be delicious with less time 🙂
I made these and they turned out great. The only issue is my son hates the coconut oil taste. What oil can I substitute with? Avocado, olive … etc.
Feel free to use vegan butter or regular butter or ghee!
can you use just all almond flour if allergic to coconut?
I don’t think that will work, so sorry!
You are using almond flour and coconut flour combination for your dessert recipes. Is that fine to use 100% almond flour or corn meal for coconut flour?
I’d recommend sticking to the flours & their ratios in these recipes as that’s what will create the best consistency and taste.
love these pumpkin pie bars
Flavor is pretty good. The crust looks nothing like the picture when it’s all done. I’ve made this a few times and the crust is always overdone. I’ve turned the oven down 25*, I put the crust in for only 5 minutes vs 9 initially, I’ve moved it up a rack in the oven and the crust is always overdone after it bakes for the final 50-60 minutes. It’s frustrating!!!
I’m sorry to hear that. What type of pan are you using? Is it glass or metal? If metal, shiny metal? Sometimes the type of pan can change the result.
The pan I use is a glass pyrex 8X8 as the recipe calls for. Any suggestions….I’d love to try it again.
Glass pans are more prone to burning and uneven cooking, so that’s why I asked. I would stick to a metal pan. Here’s an article that might help: https://www.finecooking.com/article/glass-vs-metal-baking-pans
These bars are delicious! Someone made it for me for my birthday. YUMMY! Can you tell me what the carbohydrates grams and fiber is?
I made these the other day and they were amazing! I want to double the recipe for thanksgiving and just curious what size pan you suggest. 9x 13? Any tips for cook time? Thanks!!
So happy to hear that! 9×13 will work great. I recommend baking the crust for 4-5 minutes, then adding filling and baking for 10 minutes less, checking on it to see if it’s done then 🙂
Hi! I loved this recipe! My fam is a big fan and we will be making this on repeat! I shared it on my YouTube! I did not share your recipe, but linked the viewers back to this post! I hope the come over to find this amazing recipe! I really can’t rave about it enough! Mmm! Thanks
Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
These are DELISH. I’ve made them quite a few times now. I love how light and fresh they are. I think they’re super yummy cold out of the refrigerator.
These bars were a HIT with our house, even among a group who doesn’t love pumpkin pie. The “sugar cookie crust” had a really unique texture that complimented the pumpkin very well. Already looking forward to making these again, thanks for the recipe!
Amazing! I’m so glad!
Just like pumpkin pie! I actually forgot to bake the crust first and it was still ok, just probably softer than it was supposed to be.
Whoops! Glad you still enjoyed 🙂
I made these for our family Thanksgiving. I’m sorry to say that I would not make these again or recommend to a friend and here’s why: 1. the “sugar cookie” base layer was very difficult to spread over the parchment paper (and in the end tasted bland; therefore, not worth the effort) 2. I baked both layers at the given temperature and time (50 minutes) and the bottom burned. 3. Overall, the taste and texture weren’t horrible but weren’t memorable
For these reasons, this recipe sadly won’t be making it into my collection of favorites.
Sorry to hear that! I wish I could help troubleshoot as many readers have had great success with these.
I’ve wanted to make this recipe for years and I’m glad I finally did! So easy and such a delicious replacement for me since I can’t have gluten. Highly recommend!
I’m so glad you did, too! Perfect treat 🙂
Made these for Thanksgiving, and they were amazing! I will definitely make again.
I’m so glad! Such a great dessert 🙂
This is the best recipe for anything pumpkin. My kids are picky as well as my husband of what they like and then what they can eat. This recipe was so delicious that I did not need to freeze anything. It was eaten very quickly and a request that it would be made again. Well done on this recipe. The crust is delicious!!!
Absolutely! Glad these were a hit!
These are so good! Tastes just like pumpkin pie and easy to make!
I was craving pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving and this hit the spot! I only had oat flour so I used that and it turned out delicious.
I live in Australia where pumpkin isn’t seen as a dessert item and my Australian guests LOVED these on Thanksgiving. Thank you for this delicious recipe! I will definitely make them again next year.
Not sure what I did. The measurements were exact. But my crust is thicker than the pumpkin layer. Thoughts on what may have happened? I think I packed the almond flour a little too much! They are still delicious and will make them again!
oops! Maybe next time try baking in a 9×9 inch pan too for better results and loosely pack the almond flour?
I’ve made the carrot cake and strawberry cake and they come out great with Truvia sugar substitute. Will it work as well with your other recipes? I’m baking for diabetics and like the pumpkin bar recipe as it will also be low carb and contain real food.
Sorry to say I don’t use sugar substitutes so I can’t say! Let me know if you try it 🙂
Hi. It would be really helpful to include the measurements in the recipe steps. Or describe what we are combining the ingredients for, such as, in step 2. Is step 2 for the crust or filling? It would be helpful to know so I use accurate measurements. Thank you!
Apologies if that was unclear! The ingredients are listed in order of how you’d use them, so step 2, 3 and 4 are for the crust. We’ll clarify that, though!
My bars were very moist & my crust was very soggy. I’m thinking I needed to cook my crust longer than 9 min. After that I let it cool for 4 min before pouring in the filling. I had no jiggling when I removed the pan from the oven after 50 min of cooking. The bars taste great but difficult to pick up because of the sogginess. Any suggestions for adjusting the recipe to improve the results? I did a trial run as I want to serve these next week for a function at my house. A swift response would be so appreciated!
These are delicious! I didn’t have coconut flour so I added 1/4c oats (not a scientific substitution, it’s just what I had on hand) and the “sugar cookie” crust still turned out well. Make sure you don’t skip the chilling step!! I tried them after they came out of the oven and cooled a bit and didn’t love them but after they sat in the fridge overnight all the flavors came together they’re SO good!!
I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but am giving it five stars for how yummy it looks. Do you think i could forgo the parchment paper and just bake using a pan greased with butter? Thanks!
Haha thank you! Can’t wait for you to try it. I think it should be ok, just might be a little trickier to get the bars out cleanly. Good luck!
This recipe was awful. Followed it as written. Crust was soggy. Flavor was blah.
So sorry you didn’t love them! I haven’t had that issue with the crust, but thanks for the feedback.
This recipe is FANTASTIC! When I let them cool @room temp…I thought they were just *ok*..but, after refrigerating..they’re AMAZING!! So, so better than pumpkin pie!
You won’t be disappointed making these, even my non-paleo family LOVED these!
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe..looking forward to trying others!
YAY!! So glad that letting them fully cool made them perfect 🙂 Appreciate the review, Mimi!
Halp! I just made these and didn’t realize it needed to sit in the fridge for a few hours. Can we eat it once it’s cooled from the oven? I don’t think we can wait lol
Sorry for the delay, I think these are best when chilled but I suppose you could dig in right away if you’re desperate hahaha!
It’s a 5 star for me. But also maybe a 10 best you had a “jump to the recipe” option! I love that soooo much!
Yay!! SO glad you loved these!
Do you think you could use Bob’s gluten free flour for the cookie crust?
I haven’t tested this recipe with just plain GF flour, I am not sure it would turn out the same. The almond and coconut flour add a delicious texture that I am not sure the gf flour would provide.
I really like the recipe but almond flour burns easily. I took mine out after 40ish minutes and the bottom cookie crust was very dark and tasted burned. Please advise.
Thanks so much.
Did you have the oven at the correct temp? Which rack did you put the pan on?
Maybe I went wrong because I doubled the recipe and used a rectangle pan? That usually works for other recipes, but with this, my crust ended up super thick. Like, thicker than the pumpkin. Flavor was okay, but nothing amazing. I’m super sad because I always LOVE your other recipes!! Seriously, it’s so rare that I don’t absolutely love something from you!
I am not quite sure what might have gone wrong, unless the pan was too small possibly? The crust definitely shouldn’t have been thicker than the pumpkin.