These vegan pumpkin bars have a soft chocolate layer and will literally melt in your mouth. This no-bake pumpkin dessert is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and ridiculously easy to make. No baking skills are required, I promise!
Healthier No-Bake Pumpkin Bars
Opposed to my vegan pumpkin cake, this recipe is a no-bake recipe, which means it goes straight into the freezer and not into the oven. You might ask yourself now if a no-bake dessert is better than a baked recipe? I think both are equally amazing, but normally you can’t “screw up” a no-bake dessert. Here is a pretty cool explanation from my friend @jodiskitchen which she left on my Instagram account. She said:
“I prefer no-bake recipes. You can taste things as you go and know that it will taste like that once finished, whereas when you bake, you just gotta hope for the best! It might taste funny or be dry once cooked… No-baking is much better“!
So if you are afraid of baking, and want a pumpkin dessert, definitely try these vegan no-bake pumpkin bars. I made this vegan dessert 3 times already and it always came out great.
The pumpkin bars are made of whole foods only. I even made the pumpkin puree myself, which is super easy to make btw., as you just need to bake a pumpkin in the oven until it’s soft, remove the skin, and then blend the pumpkin flesh in your food processor or blender. However, you can use store-bought canned pumpkin puree instead.
How To Make Vegan Pumpkin Bars?
Step 1: Line a pan
Line a 7×5 or 6×6-inch pan with parchment paper with an overhang (you could also use a round 6-inch springform).
Step 2: Make the crust
Blend the ingredients for the crust in a food processor or blender until the dough sticks together when you press it between your fingers. If it’s too dry add a few more dates. Spread the crust in the pan, set aside.
Step 3: Make the pumpkin filling
Now blend all ingredients for the pumpkin filling in a food processor or blender until everything is smooth and creamy. Spread the pumpkin filling onto the crust and put the pan in the freezer for about half an hour.
Step 4: Make the chocolate glaze
Combine the ingredients for the chocolate glaze in a bowl by using a whisk. Spread the glaze over the pumpkin filling. Freeze again for at least 2 hours until set. Release from the pan and cut into bars. Let the bars thaw before you enjoy them. Store leftovers in the freezer.
Soft Chocolate Glaze
Whipping up the chocolate glaze takes about three minutes, but you can leave it out if you don’t like chocolate (though I never met a person who doesn’t like chocolate, did you?). The chocolate glaze is more like a chocolate spread (think vegan Nutella) rather than “real chocolate”.
If you want a real chocolate layer and don’t mind the extra fat and calories either, add a couple of tablespoons of melted cocoa butter or coconut oil to my chocolate glaze recipe. However, you could also simply melt store-bought dairy-free chocolate chips in a double boiler and pour the melted chocolate over the pumpkin filling.
Recipe Notes & Variations
- These are gluten-free pumpkin bars since oats are naturally gluten-free. However, some brands of oats can contain traces of gluten, if the oats were processed in a facility that also processes wheat. If you are a celiac, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
- Mulberries: If you don’t have dried mulberries, then double the amount of nuts.
- Oat flour: You could use almond flour instead of oat flour to make paleo pumpkin bars. If you want to use coconut flour I would suggest using just half of a cup (or even less), because coconut flour is very absorbent.
- Sunflower seed butter: I used Sunbutter, but you can use almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or any other nut/seed butter of choice.
- Frosting: If you prefer a creamy cashew frosting, then check out my Vegan Pumpkin Cake Recipe.
- Glaze: Should you prefer a fat-free and low-calorie sweet icing, then you definitely have to check out my Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe.
- How to store? You can store the bars in the freezer for up to 3 months or in the fridge for up to a week (though they will be quite soft).
If you love pumpkin, you should definitely also check out the following vegan pumpkin desserts and also a few savory pumpkin dishes:
- Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- Vegan Pumpkin Bread With Chocolate Chips
- Pumpkin Pasta Bake
- Vegan Potato Pumpkin Bake
Please leave a comment below if you make these vegan pumpkin bars. You can also make a photo of it and post it on Instagram (or send me a DM). Don’t forget to tag me in the caption + photo with @elavegan and use the hashtag #elavegan. Happy UNbaking!
No-Bake Pumpkin Bars
- Line a 7x5 or 6x6-inch pan with parchment paper with an overhang (you could also use a round 6-inch springform).
- Blend the ingredients for the crust in your food processor until the dough gets crumbly and sticks together when you press it between your fingers. If it's too dry add a few more dates. Spread the crust in the pan, set aside
- Now blend all ingredients for the pumpkin filling in your food processor or blender until everything is smooth and creamy.
- Spread the pumpkin filling onto the crust and put the pan in the freezer for about half an hour.
- Mix the ingredients for the chocolate glaze in a bowl (using a whisk works best) and spread the glaze over the pumpkin filling. Read my blog post (above) to learn about other frosting options.
- Freeze again for at least 2 hours until set. Release from pan and cut into bars.
- Let the bars thaw before you enjoy them. Store leftovers in the freezer.
- Mulberries: If you don't have dried mulberries, then double the amount of nuts
- Oat flour: You could use almond flour instead of oat flour for a paleo version. If you want to use coconut flour I would suggest using just half of a cup (or even less), because coconut flour is very absorbent.
- Sunflower seed butter: You can use almond butter, peanut butter, or any other nut/seed butter.
- The Nutrition Facts are for one bar if you cut the batch into 12 square bars. Calculation includes the chocolate glaze.
Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically
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