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Healthy Pumpkin Bars are made without flour or refined sugar, and are surprisingly light and fluffy! They are one of my favorite grain-free desserts for the Fall, and once you taste them, I think you’ll fall in love with them, too.

healthy pumpkin bars stacked on plate

Inspired by my Paleo Banana Snack Cake, this recipe uses almond butter instead of flour. It’s amazing how when you pair it with eggs and a little honey, it becomes quite cake-like!

Ingredients You’ll Need

healthy pumpkin bar ingredients

What’s in healthy pumpkin bars?

  • Almond butter
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Pumpkin pie spice

If you don’t have almond butter on hand, cashew butter also makes a similar substitute. I’ve tested this recipe using peanut butter, and the results aren’t quite as delicious, because the peanut flavor competes with the pumpkin flavor too much.

For best results, I recommend using a “raw” or non-roasted nut butter, for the most mild flavor.

How to Make Pumpkin Bars

1. Mix. Combine the almond butter, pumpkin, honey, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, and stir until very smooth.

pumpkin bar ingredients mixed in glass bowl

Once the batter is mixed, add in the vinegar and stir again. You’ll notice that lighter swirls will start to appear as you mix, and that is the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar.

This will help the bars rise even better, and will help to avoid an aftertaste from the baking soda.

vinegar mixed into batter and poured into pan

2. Bake. Pour the mixture into a lined or greased 8-inch pan, and bake at 350ºF for 35 to 40 minutes.

When the pumpkin bars are done, the center should rise, without jiggling in the middle when you shake the pan.

baked pumpkin bars in the pan and sliced

3. Slice. Let the bars cool completely in the pan, then slice into squares and serve right away.

These pumpkin bars are lightly sweet on their own, but I like topping them with a quick maple pecan glaze for an extra-special dessert. To make it, you just need to blend a few ingredients together!

maple pecan glaze on top of pumpkin bar

This glaze is naturally sweetened and will NOT set like one made with powdered sugar, so it’s best to drizzle it over the bars right as you serve them, with a few chopped pecans on top.

They taste so impressive this way!

Pro Tip: For an even deeper flavor, swap the water in the Maple Pecan Glaze for black coffee. The maple coffee flavor is also excellent on these healthy pumpkin bars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I swap the sweetener? This recipe should work well with a 1/2 cup of maple syrup to replace the honey. II’ve also tested it with 2/3 cup of coconut sugar, but the texture changes slightly when you swap a liquid sweetener for a granulated one.

I don’t work with zero calorie sweeteners, so I don’t know how this will work with a sweetener like stevia.

Can I make this vegan? Try my Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars recipe, for an egg-free recipe that is already tested for you.

Or try my Vegan Pumpkin Muffins, if you prefer to work with oat flour.

Can I make pumpkin puree from scratch? Check out my how to cook pumpkin tutorial, for the easiest way to make pumpkin puree at home!

plain pumpkin bar eaten on black plate

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healthy pumpkin bars stacked on plate

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

4.88 from 170 votes
Healthy Pumpkin Bars are naturally gluten-free, made without flour or refined sugar! They are amazingly light and fluffy, using simple, real food ingredients.
prep10 mins cook35 mins total45 mins


Pumpkin Bars

Maple Pecan Glaze

  • 3/4 cup pecans , plus extra chopped for serving
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water (or coffee)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, almond butter, honey, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda, and stir until very smooth.
    pumpkin bar ingredients mixed in glass bowl
  • Add the vinegar into the batter, and stir again. The batter will have lighter swirls in it, from the baking soda reacting to the vinegar. This will help the bars rise and remove any baking soda flavor in the final bars, so keep stirring until the batter looks uniform. Pour into a greased 8-inch baking dish, lined with parchment paper for easy removal later.
    vinegar mixed into batter and poured into pan
  • Bake at 350ºF for about 35 minutes, until the bars rise in the center and don't jiggle when you shake the pan. Cool completely, then slice and serve.
    baked pumpkin bars in the pan and sliced
  • To make the optional Maple Pecan Glaze, combine the pecans, maple syrup, coconut oil, water, vanilla, and salt. Blend until very smooth, scraping down the blender as needed. You can add a tablespoon of water, as needed, to help it blend. Pour the glaze over the bars, and serve right away with chopped pecans on top.



Nutrition information is for 1 of 9 bars. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee. For a lower-calorie treat, slice the bars into 16 squares instead.
If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves to replace the 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
For a vegan, grain-free recipe, try my Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy pumpkin bars

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. I absolutely love your site! I have made these bars ( they are cooling in. Y kitchen as I type this response ) and the almond butter freezer fudge (twice !) the frozen banana peanut butter bites, and the macadamia freezer fudge! Can u tell I love sweets! I love all the recipes and my favorite part is ” What I ate” Wednesday . I love seeing what other eat in a day, it inspires me to eat healthy and gives me ideas!

  2. These bars look SO good! I’m a pumpkin fanatic. I actually stock up on pumpkin butter in the fall, so it will last me all year! I love anything with pumpkin, but my favorite dish is probably pumpkin bread pudding! I made one with a caramel sauce for Thanksgiving last year and it was SOOOO good!

    BTW, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! All of your recipes look so good. I can’t wait to read more!

  3. These look delicious….can’t wait to give them a try!! I love all things pumpkin and have been indulging in pumpkin pancakes for a week now. 😉

  4. I just made these Megan- they turned out so delicious!!! I just subbed stevia for the honey since I had none in the house- they turned out perfect!

    1. Wendy,
      How much stevia (and which brand) did you use? I’m trying to use Stevia more and I’m not sure how to sub it in for recipes. Thanks!

  5. Just made this with banana instead of pumpkin and it was DELISH. Can’t wait to try it with actual pumpkin next time :]

  6. These look amazing, I can’t wait to make!! I may have to wait until the weather cools down to turn on the oven…it’s supposed to be 105 today, where is fall?!?