flourless pumpkin magic bars

 

These bars are reminiscent of a dessert but in actuality (in my opinion) are more of a snack.  Let me explain why this is.  The ingredients are nutritious rather than naughty; almond meal, cacao, coconut oil, pumpkin, etc.. all healthy, super foods.  If you are allergic to nuts however, this is not the snack for you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinammon)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line an 8×8″ brownie pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the almond meal, cacao, 1/2 cup sugar and oil.  Transfer this mixture to the baking pan and evenly spread out and gently pack down, using a fork.  Next, top with shredded coconut, pecans and white chocolate chips.

In a bowl, combine the coconut cream, pumpkin puree, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Transfer to pan and evenly spread out.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges just start to brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least half hour before slicing.

Yields 12 bars.

Special Notes:

  1. You don’t have to buy almond meal (can be pricey) – just throw some raw almonds into your food processor and process until finely ground.  Make certain you don’t over process!
  2. You can use cacao powder or cocoa powder.
  3. Any sugar will work.
  4. Unsalted butter can be subbed for the coconut oil.
  5. I found canned coconut cream at Trader Joe’s.  Sweetened condensed milk can be substituted for the coconut cream.

…delicious happens

 

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