Is it getting cooler where you are? It is here and I am loving it! I just hope that autumn sticks around for a good long while. It’s my favorite season (until spring!) and last year we had this gorgeous weather for exactly two weeks before it started dumping snow. So I’m trying to make the most of every minute, and part of that means recipes with pumpkin!
I got the idea from Shelley at This Primal Life. Her Primal Almond Butter Pumpkin Brownies boast only five ingredients – in fact the first five ingredients of this recipe almost exactly, though I adjusted the honey down a bit and find them plenty sweet. Then I just added pumpkin pie spices – boom! Done. There isn’t any chocolate in it, which is why I’m calling them “bars.” But you can add chocolate chips to it of course! You might even top them with Josephine Svenblad’s Coconut Whipped Cream for something really fancy.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bars
Preheat oven to 350. Grease up an 8×8 brownie pan with butter or coconut oil.
- 1c. almond butter (I like the fresh-ground kind for the slightly gritty texture)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 c. canned pumpkin
- 1/4 c. of honey (adjust up or down a little to taste)
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- 1/4 t. ground ginger
- (or just 2 t. of “Pumpkin Pie Spice”)
- 1/2 of a bar of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans probably best)
Mix all ingredients together with a fork, until it has an even consistency. Pour into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a while (good luck with waiting!) and enjoy!
Here are some sites I cruise a lot for recipes and food ideas:
- Primal Matriarch. AndreAnna is a fun soul and gets really creative in the kitchen. She is more primal than paleo, meaning she just uses more dairy than strictly paleo folks.
- This Primal Life. I found Shelley’s blog through Mark’s Daily Apple. She doesn’t update it regularly, but she has some great posts.
- Nutty Kitchen. Josephine Svenblad has an endless supply of recipes for every meal. I love this site!