These no-bake pumpkin chocolate cookie bars are an incredible treat that can be made in less than half an hour! They’re Paleo, vegan, and dangerously easy to whip up.
I told you that I’d share some pumpkin recipes with you all, and I finally kept my promise! I’ve posted plenty of apple recipes in the past few weeks . . . see this spiralized apple crumble, this Paleo apple cinnamon bread, this carrot ginger soup with apple and cinnamon, and these apple toasts. I really love apples, okay?!
But . . . I’ve kind of been slacking on the pumpkin front. It’s fall, for goodness’ sake! Pumpkin recipes are mandatory, just like flannels and boots and warm jackets and scarves and sweaters are mandatory. It can be hard to maintain healthy eating habits during this season of — shall we say — comfort food. I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. I’m happy to say that Paleo treats are kind of my specialty, so you can count on me for healthier alternative recipes!
These no-bake pumpkin chocolate cookie bars are LEGIT. I mean, look at them. They’re fudgy, flavorful, and full of chocolate. I set out with the intention of making some kind of protein-cookie-dough-truffle-thing, but as I chucked all my ingredients into a bowl and stirred them together, I realized that they would be much better as bars . . . because I didn’t feel like rolling them into balls and dipping them in chocolate to make perfect little truffles.
I’m lazy sometimes, okay?
Besides being “legit,” as I so articulately said, these no-bake pumpkin chocolate cookie bars are:
- Gluten, grain, dairy, and soy free (aka Paleo)
- Vegan and vegetarian
- Sweetened only with maple syrup!
- Full of healthy fats, fiber, and even protein!
If I had to describe them in terms of other desserts, I’d say that they’re a cross between fudge and granola bars. They’re full of flax seeds, chia seeds, and coconut flakes, so they have a nice texture and chew. These are perfectly okay to eat for breakfast.
Not that I’ve done that or anything.
Okay, I actually haven’t eaten these for breakfast, I just wanted to make you guys think I have. But my first statement still holds true — these are totally acceptable to eat for breakfast! I mean, they’re not Whole30 or anything, but they’re eleven trillion times healthier than a doughnut.
I’d also say that these are approximately twelve trillion times tastier than a typical granola bar, and your kids (or, um, you) will love you forever if you make this their (your) new afternoon snack. Capiche?