ORIGINAL RECIPE can be found here: http://www.hummusapien.com/paleo-pumpkin-bars/#_a5y_p=4381747 Be sure to check out this blog for more Paleo inspired recipes!!
Hello and welcome to freaking fall! I hope you're all happily living your best sweater-clad life.
I've decided to add to the pumpkin baking crazy, clogging the internet with yet another recipe involving the spicy, deep flavors of the best gourd of the season. Two reasons. One, I just love pumpkin like the best of them. It's sweet and savory all at once. The versatility is unmatched. Two, this recipe for these Paleo, gluten free, Pumpkin Bars holds a special place in my mind as the recipe that made me think, "hmmm...this Paleo thing is pretty neat." And then I brought the bars to my gym for the first time to feed my crew. And somehow, step by step, because of that fateful day, this blog was born. SO. I encourage you to enjoy these with all of the excitement and fanfare this season offers. Uggs and hot coffee and antiquing and all.
I'd also like to make a note about a mistake I made while baking these, which ended up really not being a mistake at all. You know what? I'll save this surprise for the notes at the bottom. Oh, and these bars would not be possible without this blog (the very blog I found to start my Paleo baking journey!) Here we go...
¾ cup creamy almond butter
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 overripe medium banana
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda (I FORGOT THIS INGREDIENT IN MY RECIPE AND IT CAME OUT GREAT!)
⅓ cup chocolate chips and/or walnuts, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix almond butter, pumpkin, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla in medium bowl. Stir until fully combined.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until smooth.
- Pour into greased 8x8 baking dish.
- Bake for 30 minutes. If you insert a knife and it comes out clean, you're good to go!
- NOTE: If you forget baking soda like I did, don't worry! The knife will not come out clean, and it'll be gooey in the middle until you take the pan out of the oven and let it sit. It's like a pumpkin pudding, and there's nothing wrong with that.
- Eat and enjoy!
Mistakes or not, these bars are like a warm hug.