Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Paleo Pumpkin Bars
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Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Elana Amsterdam

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin season is my favorite time of year. When the days get shorter, the nights cool and crisp, I indulge in my fascination with those odd-shaped, brightly colored vegetables known as winter squash.

Pumpkin is a type of winter squash, and I use a variety of winter squash in my pumpkin recipes. For these Paleo Pumpkin Bars I chose roasted acorn squash, though you could just as easily select sugar pumpkin (a smaller, denser, tastier version of the more ubiquitous pumpkins used for jack-o'-lanterns), kabocha, butternut, buttercup, carnival, or delicata, with fabulous results.

See all squash recipes.

Notes

Note: This recipe was not designed nor tested with canned pumpkin; you will need to make significant adjustments if you decide to experiment with this ingredient, as it is far more watery than roasted pumpkin or winter squash.

Ingredients

  • 1/3  Cup  coconut flour
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  sea salt, preferably Celtic
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  cinnamon
  • large eggs
  • 1  Cup  fresh baked pumpkin or winter squash
  • 1/3  Cup  honey
  • 1/4  Cup  coconut oil
  • 1/2  Cup  dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Pulse in the eggs, pumpkin, honey, and oil until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Transfer the batter to an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
10mg
1%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
9mg
3%
Phosphorus, P
34mg
5%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
198mg
13%
Water
24g
1%

Paleo Shopping Tip

Choose foods that fall under these categories:

Grass-produced meats
Fish/seafood
Fresh fruits and veggies
Eggs
Nuts and seeds
Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

Paleo Cooking Tip

Cook naturally with herbs and healthy oils.