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Gluten-free and Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie Bars

These Pumpkin Pie Bars will be the hit of your Thanksgiving dessert table! The gluten-free nut-based crust is delicious and they are dairy-free, too!

With an easy to make, nutty crust, these Gluten-free and Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie Bars are healthy and delicious.

  • Author: Happy Healthy Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 32 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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For the Crust

  • 2 1/3 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups pitted dates (soaked first if they are especially hard/not moist)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats (for GF, make sure to get certified Gluten-free oats)

For the Filling

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (both lite and full-fat work)
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat * or organic sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First, prepare the crust. In a food processor, process the walnuts, dates, agave nectar, and vanilla until the walnuts and dates are well broken down and you have a sticky mixture.  Add the rolled oats and pulse until they are incorporated.
  3. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and then press the mixture into the bottom.  Use your fingers to make sure the pan crust is evenly distributed.
  4. Next, prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, mix together the pumpkin, coconut milk, Sucanat, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.  Mix very well.  Pour the mixture over the crust. Alternatively, I like to rinse out the food processor and mix the filling right in the food processor.  No need to dirty another bowl, right?!
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is set, about 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool fully at room temperature before cutting into bars and serving.  Enjoy!

Notes

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I updated the crust recipe in 2020 to make a thicker crust with more flavor. It’s even better than the original!

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Keywords: pumkin bars