Healthy Kids Dessert for the Holidays Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Kids Dessert for the Holidays: Pumpkin Pie Bars

Posted by Rooted Wellness | Posted on November 19, 2019 at 09:49 AM

These bars are a lightened-up (and delicious!) take on traditional pumpkin pie. The crust is made from almond flour and ground flaxseed, providing more fiber and healthy fat than a traditional pie crust. Have fun making these with your little ones all season long! For more dietitian-approved and kid-friendly recipes and tips, follow @rootedwellnessny on Instagram or head to RootedWellness.com.

Happy holidays!
Sarah Rueven, RD, MS, CDN, founder of Rooted Wellness

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Makes 9 bars. Adapted from a recipe by Fit Foodie Finds

INGREDIENTS

  • CRUST
    • 1.5 cups almond flour, superfine
    • 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
    • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING
    • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8x8-inch cake pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together all crust ingredients, forming a ball. Use your hands or a spatula to spread dough in an even layer, to the edges of the pan.
  3. Bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add the coconut sugar and pumpkin puree to a large bowl. Mix until combined. Slowly add eggs to the pumpkin mixture. Then add the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well.
  5. Remove crust from the oven and pour pumpkin mixture over the crust. Bake for 24-28 minutes.
  6. Let pumpkin bars cool for at least 1-2 hours. Once cooled, remove bars from pan and cut into squares.
  7. Top with a chocolate drizzle or chopped walnuts or pecans!

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