No Bake Pumpkin Bars: Gluten-Free, Vegan, & No Refined Sugar!

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

 

Today I give to you a delicious pumpkin dessert recipe just in time for Thanksgiving! If you are trying to make a dish your gluten-free aunt, vegan cousin, and everyone in between will enjoy, then you can breathe a sigh of relief–your search is over (that’s one more thing to be thankful for).  These festive no-bake bars may be gluten-free, vegan, and contain zero refined sweeteners, but they are definitely not lacking in flavor or sweetness from a lot of natural, and healthy ingredients!

 

The crust is made from oats, pecans, dates, and coconut oil, which also doubles as a crumbly topping. The pumpkin filling is made from pumpkin puree, dates, banana, real maple syrup, and coconut oil. The coconut oil helps the filling set up without needing eggs or cream cheese. I wouldn’t go so far as to say these bars are low fat or necessarily low calorie (because they aren’t), but the fat is coming from heart healthy pecans and unrefined coconut oil, which is way better for you than the trans-fat laden shortening found in most crusts. Plenty of sweetness comes from the dates and banana, which are naturally sweet and nutrient-dense foods. The added maple syrup gives it that classic pumpkin pie taste, and adds even more sweetness, plus a little extra minerals like calcium, manganese, and zinc that are absent in your white sugar. So go ahead and get cooking (or not cooking, since no oven is required) and you will have a crowd-pleasing dessert in under 30 minutes.

 

 

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars--Vegan & GF--pan

 

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