Flourless Pumpkin Bars with Pecan Streusel (Paleo & Vegan)

These scrumptious pumpkin bars are healthy enough for breakfast but taste like dessert! Easy, one-bowl recipe made with whole foods (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan & Paleo)Pumpkin Bars (Paleo/Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Pumpkin spice season has ARRIVED

I must confess. I’m a total pumpkin convert. I was the girl who *shuddered* at the mention of pumpkin spice every fall. And NOW? Here I am totally in LOVE!! I surprise myself sometimes. Isn’t it funny how people change?

Are you a pumpkin spice lover, too? You’re in for a real treat! Literally. And it’s one you can feel good about.

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IS IT A VEGETABLE?

Pumpkin bars for breakfast… Yep, that’s what my kids have had all week while I’ve been perfecting this recipe. (hey, third time’s a charm, ha)

And that’s 100% ok with me because these are made with real, wholesome ingredients.

And a vegetable, lol. (Or is it technically a fruit??) I just asked Alexa “Is pumpkin a fruit?” and she said, “no.” Then I asked her if it was a vegetable. Again, “no.” I’m so confused…

But anyway, there’s PRODUCE in there, haha. Awesome, healthy plant-based ingredients. Full of protein and fiber for a filling and satisfying breakfast, snack or dessert. Pumpkin Bars (Paleo/Vegan) PrettyPies.com

FREE FROM

Eating is HARD when you’re on a “free-from” diet. It doesn’t feel very free to have so many restrictions. But these bars fit many of them!

  • gluten-free
  • grain-free
  • oil-free
  • egg-free
  • dairy-free
  • soy-free
  • refined-sugar-free

Isn’t it amazing?? When you take away the flour, sugar, butter and eggs, WHAT the heck is LEFT?Pumpkin Bars (Paleo/Vegan) PrettyPies.com

Brought to you by the wonder of…

NUTS. (no big surprise there if you follow my blog)

Specifically, Almond BUTTER.

Did you know you can bake almond butter into bread-like deliciousness?? YEAH. It’s some kind of miracle.

Almond butter mixed with PUMPKIN. You put it in the oven and after about 30 minutes, your house SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN. There is no better aroma than freshly baked FALL FOODS. (Swoon) 

And what comes out is this hearty little square of a cross between a cake and a cookie.. These bars are deliciously dense and nutty.. and ohhhh the texture from the streusel… Oh em gee.. Pumpkin Bars (Paleo/Vegan) PrettyPies.com

STREUSEL ALL THE WAY

I am a little bit OBSESSED with the topping here. It for SURE elevates these bars to a whole other level.

PECANS…  I don’t think there is ANYTHING better than pecans and pumpkin. Especially when the pecans get all toasted and golden in the oven.. and sweetened and spiced!! HECK YES.

This streusel is SO simple. Just 3 ingredients. Pecans, coconut sugar and pumpkin spice. You don’t even have to get out another mixing bowl or do anything extra. Just sprinkle everything on top before you throw it in the oven.

It adds such a wonderful bit of soft crunch and a little bit of crisp with the sugar granules..

And of course the AMAZING flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.

I DIE.

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Want MORE pumpkin recipes?

Of course you do! You’re in luck because I’m working on more! But if you can’t wait a couple of weeks (yeah, I’m about to go on vacation! woot!) Then you’ve gotta make these pumpkin recipes from last year (when I finally realized how darn GOOD pumpkin is, lol)

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Be sure to tell me in the comments what kind of pumpkin recipes YOU want on the blog. I love taking requests 🙂 

If you make these, tag me on Insta @emily.likes.food hashtag #prettypies so I can see your creations!

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Healthy enough for breakfast but tastes like dessert! Flourless Pumpkin Bars with Pecan Streusel! Easy, one-bowl recipe made with whole foods. (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan, Paleo) #veganrecipes #paleorecipes #pumpkinspice #pumpkin #prettypies

Healthy enough for breakfast but tastes like dessert! Flourless Pumpkin Bars with Pecan Streusel! Easy, one-bowl recipe made with whole foods. (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan, Paleo) #veganrecipes #paleorecipes #pumpkinspice #pumpkin #prettypies

Flourless Pumpkin Bars with Pecan Streusel (Paleo & Vegan)

Pumpkin spice baked into a hearty bar that you can enjoy for breakfast, a snack or dessert! No gluten, dairy, eggs or refined sugar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup natural almond butter *just almonds* see notes
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbs ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or granulated monkfruit
  • 1 Tbs pure maple syrup or 1 T coconut milk + sweetener to taste
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • scant 1/4 tsp pink salt

Pecan Streusel Topping

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar or monkfruit
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (or 375 if your oven runs hot). Line a 8x6 glass baking dish with parchment paper overhanging the sides for easy removal.
  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well with hand mixer. Adjust spices to taste.
  • Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the batter.
  • Bake in the center rack for about 35 minutes until it springs back when touched in the center.
  • Set on a wire rack to cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

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I used homemade almond butter (blend 2 cups dry roasted almonds in a food processor about 8 minutes until drippy & smooth)
*If you are using a store-bought almond butter, it will likely have oil added. To compensate, I would add 2 Tbs almond flour to the dough*
Canned pumpkin, ground flax, almonds, spices, pecans and maple syrup from ALDI
Himalayan Pink Salt https://amzn.to/2qDduFk
Storage: May be stored at room temp in a sealed container for about 4-5 days, or refrigerated for 7-9 days. Freeze tightly wrapped (in individual portions) for 1 month.
Macros (using coconut sugar)calories 159 Fat 11 Total Carb 14 g  Fiber 2 g Protein 4 g 

10 comments

  1. Trudy Delaney says:

    Hi
    There is a lot of sugar in this recipe. I know coconut sugar is better than white sugar but it is still not very good for you.
    Is there an alternative other than the usual stevia which is also not really that good for you?
    I usually love to make your recipes but I’m disappointed that this is really not much healthier than how I used to cook prior to raw and Paleo.

    • Stephanie says:

      Why not use monkfruit as suggested for a replacement? I am baking this now and used 1/2 monkfruit and 1/2 coconut sugar. The batter is amazing if that says anything haha.

  2. Shelby says:

    Mine came out very thin and a little burnt. I used peanut butter instead of almond butter because I’m allergic to almonds. Do you think that could be the reason?

    • Emily says:

      Did you happen to use a larger pan than 6×8? That would definitely make them thinner & cook faster (& burning if you cooked them the same length of time) I’m sorry that happened. Hope they still taste yummy!

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