Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

October 28, 2017

PALEO PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS - INGREDIENTSTHE BASE:2 cups fine almond flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)1/2 tsp salt1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp baking powder2 tsp pumpkin pie spice1/4 cup almond butter (I'm obsessed with Georgia Grinders Maple Caramel almond butter)2 tb melted coconut oil1/4 cup coconut sugar2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)1 cup pumpkin puree2 1/2 tb almond milk (or other dairy free milk)1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chipsTHE FROSTING:1/2 cup @fourthandheart liquid ghee (or melted coconut oil!)1/3 cup maple syrup1/2 tsp cinnamon2 1/2 tb coconut milk2 tb coconut flour

The moment October arrives, I’m all about the PUMPKIN…pumpkin everything! And by the time November rolls around, I never want to see pumpkin again…until next year.  Hey, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal and when I love something, I am a little over the top. And then when I tap out, I’m done…

But there is no tapping out here, because I have spent the last few weeks perfecting this recipe and it is now PERFECT. Like I’ve tested it about 5 times and if yours doesn’t turn out, then I dunno what to say…it’s you, not me 🙂

These Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars are paleo, refined sugar-free, and taste just like  pumpkin pie, only without the guilt! The frosting is ghee-based and infused with maple syrup…so get your napkins out now, because trust me, you’ll need them.

PALEO PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

SERVES 12 bars
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Ingredients

The base

  • 2 cups fine almond flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (I'm obsessed with Georgia Grinders Maple Caramel almond butter)
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/2 tbsp almond milk (or other dairy free milk)
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

The Frosting

  • 1/2 cup @fourthandheart liquid ghee (or melted coconut oil!)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix well (almond flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, coconut sugar, and chocolate chips). 
  • In another bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter and mix until fully combined, then add the rest of the wet ingredients (vanilla extract, almond milk, and pumpkin puree). 
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix well, and then pour into the baking dish. 
  • Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, oven times vary (mine was perfect at 30 minutes!). 
  • Let rest for 20 minutes, then place in the refrigerator while you make the frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat the ghee (or coconut oil) for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients and beat for another 2 minutes, until nice and fluffy! 
  • Add a bit more coconut flour if needed. 
  • Pour frosting over the base layer and smooth out. 
  • Refrigerate for another 30 minutes. 
  • Remove and cut into squares. ENJOY!
    XO

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