Pumpkin Chocolate Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Chocolate Bars that are vegan, paleo and gluten free.  My favorite time of year is here!  Do you love fall too?   Pumpkin on all the things!

I am starting with these delectable pumpkin bars.  These healthy bars were inspired by this amazing recipe on Pinch of Yum.

As soon as I saw her recipe, I thought about making a pumpkin version.  It came out great!


pumpkin chocolate bars

Another great thing about these bars is that they contain no re-fined sugars.   They also require no cooking at all! Score!

These dessert bars are very rich and you only need a little bit to feel satisfied. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Bars

Yields 18

Pumpkin Chocolate Bars

Spicy pumpkin pecan crust with a layer of chocolate ganache in the middle!

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  1. In a food processor , combine the pecans, pumpkin and spices until you get a coarse ground consistency. Then add in the dates and blend a little more. You may need to add a tiny bit of water for the mixture to come together.
  2. Line an 8x8 glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Press 1/2 the pumpkin/pecan mixture into the pan and place it in the freezer.
  4. In a large bowl , mix all the ingredients for the chocolate.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the first pumpkin layer. Freeze again for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Then press the remaining pumpkin mixture on top and place the whole thing back in the freezer for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Once chilled, cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo | Recipe Type: Dessert


pumpkin chocolate bars

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39 thoughts to “Pumpkin Chocolate Bars (Vegan and Gluten Free)”

      1. That was my problem, exactly. Nor did the other half of the pumpkin mixture cover the chocolate layer. I was guessing that the pan was much smaller, or the recipe was doubled. Either way, it tasted great, so yay.
        1. Did you use the same size pan or larger? For the image, I took the 2 squares in the very middle of the pan. Maybe that is why they look so large?
  1. Hi; recipe looks great - any recommendations for swapping out the maple syrup? I can't do any sugar except stevia or coconut sugar. Would applesauce work, maybe with some vanilla extract for added flavor/sweetness? Thank you!
    1. Use dates, I like them better and instead of using coconut oil, I use 1/2 a cup of coconut cream for the chocolate layer (consistency is more pasty and holds better when when it freezes) love them this way! I personally, divide the ingredients for the pecan-pumpkin layer. Freeze the first layer, wait until its hard, then work the chocolate layer.....freeze it.......wait a while, and last, I process the second layer and put it on top of the chocolate layer. Find it better this way! Maybe extra work, but it's worth it! Enjoy!
  2. Can you confirm the serving size? 18 servings in a 8x8 seems like a teeny tiny bite. I put the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and it's coming up as 220 calories a serving. I was hoping for 220 it'd be more than just a taste. ;-)
  3. These are absolutely delicious! I think people might be having trouble with the thickness because in the directions it doesn't say to freeze after pouring the chocolate on. I did that and I ended up with bars that were thick like yours.
    1. I'm so glad you liked them Mel! Yes, you are supposed to freeze the whole thing together. It does say that in the directions, but maybe it's not clear enough. :)
  4. Ok so freeze the 1st layer, then add the chocolate and freeze, then freeze the whole thing? These look great by the way :)
      1. My chocolate and topping all mixed together. I'm thinking it should be frozen again after chocolate before adding the topping. Hope it will taste good anyways as I'm taking to a party tomorrow. Hope it's ok to keep them in the freezer overnight.
        1. It's totally okay to keep them in the freezer overnight. :) They need to always be stored in the freezer because the chocolate will melt at room temp.
  5. cant wait to try these... doubled the recipe and put in a 11X11 pan with a cup of melted dark chocolate drizzled on top and broken pecans speckled throughout. so easy and I just know they will be decadent!!! going on the table for thanksgiving tomorrow :) the vegan dessert option thats gluten free as well!

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