Pumpkin pie was traditionally reserved for fall, but you can enjoy it year round. The taste of a spiced pumpkin-based custard hits a spot that nothing else can. This recipe for pumpkin pie bars gives you that same distinct pumpkin pie flavor, with a delicious gluten-free, grain-free crust. They can be cut into any size to enjoy whenever you get a craving for that pumpkin flavor. Plus, they are elegant enough to serve at the afternoon tea or evening book club. Pinky's up!
How to make easy pumpkin pie bars
Pumpkin Pie Bar Ingredients
- 1 cup Otto's Naturals - Cassava flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup butter, cold (1 stick, cut into pieces). You can use vegan butter for dairy-free.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1 ½ cups coconut cream*, packed
- 2 tablespoons Otto's Naturals - Cassava flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
*solidified part of chilled can of full fat coconut milk. To ensure there are no chunks of coconut cream in the filling, you can microwave the coconut cream for 10-15 seconds to liquify
Pumpkin Pie Bars Directions
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9” x 9” pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, blend together ingredients for the crust until you reach a sand-like consistency, but the dough holds together when you press between your fingers, about 1 minute.
- Remove dough and press into the 9” x 9” pan in a single even layer.
- Move to the oven and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
- While the crust is cooling, start on your filling. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the Pumpkin Pie filling until smooth. Once combined, pour over the crust.
- Turn the oven up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake Pumpkin Pie Bars for 40-50 minutes, or until filling is set.
- Bring bars to room temperature, then move to the fridge to chill for a minimum of 3 hours, ideally overnight.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. These pumpkin bars are best served cold.
Can I make my own pumpkin puree?
It is difficult to pass on the ease and consistency of canned pumpkin puree. But if you want to really impress others you can make your own. To make your own puree you will need to roast a sugar pumpkin, pie pumpkin, or similar. Roast at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, dependent upon size. Salt if you wish. After roasting, scoop out the soft flesh. In your food processor – mix until very smooth, usually around 3 to 5 minutes.
What is in pumpkin pie spice?
The spices in a pumpkin pie usually contain cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and/or allspice. You can purchase it or look for recipes on the internet and mix up your own.
What are the benefits of coconut sugar?
Coconut sugar has become a popular alternative sweetener over the last several years. It comes from the sap of the coconut palm tree. It has a lower glycemic index than sugar. It also contains minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants are found in coconut sugar. Coconut sugar also has a fiber called inulin which may slow glucose absorption. The fiber content helps to explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.
Does coconut sugar contain gluten?
Thankfully, it’s naturally gluten-free!
Is margarine the same as vegan butter?
To avoid dairy, in the case of milk allergies or diet restrictions, we recommend swapping butter for vegan butter. Margarine is not exactly the same, though it can sometimes work. Margarine is made from vegetable oils, water, salt, and emulsifiers. They are mixed together until they reach the consistency of butter. While most margarine does not contain dairy, some do contain dairy or dairy-derived ingredients, so you’ll want to check the label.
Vegan butter is different since you can be sure it is dairy-free. It contains the required fat content for butter with none of the milk. Some brands specify vegan on the package but there are also brands that are dairy-free without explicit labeling. Check the contents or product websites to be sure.
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