Every fall I go in search of recipes that have pumpkin or apples in them. Usually I clip and pin about 50 recipes and end up making 4 or 5. This year was no different. I ended up finding about 25 recipes and then I had several friends send me recipes as well in hopes I'd make them and either take them in to work or to their house.
Knowing how I am, I did make this Paleo Pumpkin Bars recipe. As more and more people go gluten free, I try to find more and more recipes that fit that lifestyle. I am not Paleo and I'm not gluten free but sometimes I think I eat way too much gluten so I always keep a bag of gluten free flour on hand.
The only thing I was missing was the sweetener. The recipe called for coconut sugar but I didn't have any. After looking in my cabinets I found a container of Cox's Creamed Honey in my cupboard. A few month's ago I signed up for a Beehive Adoption Program and have been receiving a lot of honey! This was the perfect chance to bake with my creamed honey.
When you adopt a beehive you become a beehive sponsor ensuring that a community of bee’s are protected and cared for correctly and our research can continue to solve the major environmental issue. Also 10% of every purchase will be donated The American Beekeeping Federation in your name to further preservation efforts for the Honey Bee. Pretty cool right? For more information check out Cox's Honey Beehive Adoption Page.
Back to the Paleo Pumpkin Bars, they are made with items that can be found in most Paleo's kitchens. The only thing you might have to purchase is the pumpkin puree. I like to make my own from fresh pumpkins, but store bought puree is fine as well.
I was a little worried about the bars because the consistency didn't look good. Then I worried about the crumble because it seemed way too dry. However, I sucked it up and put it all in the oven and hoped for the best. In 30 minutes the bars looked great! The main part of the bar is a creamy pumpkin layer with a crunchy crumble on top. It was pretty tasty for Paleo!
For the Pumpkin Bars:
- ⅓ c. gluten free flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ c. pumpkin puree
- ⅓ c. creamed honey
- 3 Tablespoons almond milk
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
For the crunchy topping:
- ⅓ c. almond meal
- 3 Tablespoons coconut flour (or any gluten free flour)
- 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 ½ Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan.
- In a medium bowl combine the gluten free flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine eggs, pumpkin puree, honey, almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a small bowl combine the baking soda and vinegar. Quickly add it to the egg mixture and mix well.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
- Mix together all ingredients for the crumble topping and sprinkle over top of the bars.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Cut into 12 squares and serve.
Recipe adapted from Foodie and the Beast