Paleo Pumpkin Bars

My nut-free Paleo Pumpkin Bars are super easy to throw together and fabulous for your Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. We love them so much that we make them all year round. That’s because I’m a total pumpkin-a-holic!

I love all things pumpkin and squash, including these velvety nut-free Paleo Pumpkin Bars. Baking with the odd shaped, brightly colored vegetables known as winter squash is one of my favorite things! Pumpkin itself is a type of winter squash, and I use a variety of winter squash in my pumpkin recipes.

For these Paleo Pumpkin Bars I chose roasted acorn squash. You could just as easily select sugar pumpkin, a smaller, denser, tastier version of the more ubiquitous pumpkins used for jack-o’-lanterns. These Paleo Pumpkin Bars would also be great with other types of squash such as kabocha, butternut, buttercup, carnival, or delicata.

If you’re wondering how to choose a winter squash or pumpkin, look for deep saturated colors and make sure the skin is thick and clean. You don’t want to buy winter squash with dents, scuffs or cracks. Finally, check that the squash has a hard, cork-like stem.

I am often asked if canned pumpkin will work in my pumpkin recipes. For these Paleo Pumpkin Bars it will substantially change the recipe and you will need to alter your baking time quite a bit, and possibly make other changes to the recipe as well.

Fresh roasted pumpkin or another type of fresh roasted winter squash will get you the results you’re looking for with this recipe! To help you out, I have prepared a simple tutorial called How To Roast a Pumpkin in 10 Easy Steps.

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

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Servings 16 squares



  • In a food processor, combine coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon
  • Pulse in eggs, pumpkin, honey, and oil until well combined
  • Stir in half of the chocolate chips by hand
  • Transfer batter to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish, sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes
  • Cool and serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin and so have used chocolate chips in this gluten-free pumpkin bar recipe. If you don’t like chocolate, you can simply omit it or use raisins instead.

If cooking with fresh roasted pumpkin is not your thing, try my paleo pumpkin recipes that use canned pumpkin!


150 responses to “Paleo Pumpkin Bars”

  1. I am wondering if anyone has used the vitamix in place of a good processor for elana’s recipes? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • Thanks Connie – I have a can sitting here and thought about trying to use it tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for confirming that it worked for you :-]

  2. I made these tonight- w. fresh roast butternut squash– and I started eating right from the pan w. a spoon… ummm ;-) they don’t look fluffy but they taste very light almost like souffle… they took 40 min to cook. I added extra choc chips. Yum. thank :=) smile

    • Yes, I used canned pumpkin in this recipe all the time. Just increase your bake time. 40-45 minutes works best for me, but check them at 30.

  3. I’m so pleased you’ve used honey in this recipe. I’m extremely allergic to agave, and I follow a paleo diet. Now I’ll have a yummy seasonal treat without compromising my health in any way.

    Thank you.

  4. I’m going to use organic canned pumpkin. I’m allergic to eggs so I’ll use duck eggs. I’ll use one less, probably, because duck eggs are bigger. I’m also going to try these with organic coconut sugar to cut carbs. I like pumpkin pie spice so I will use that. I also am allergic to cocoa beans so I think I will try some diced up dates instead. Or maybe carob chips if they are dairy free. I’m looking forward to these this weekend!

  5. Wait..what? It doesn’t work with canned pumpkins but I’m reading you’ve not tried it? :/ I don’t have time to do a pumpkin from scratch but I’m gonna go buy some organic canned and give it a go. I can see how the ‘from scratch’ would undoubtedly taste better, but if it means I can’t have some today because I can’t roast a pumpkin, then Ima gonna try me some with the canned & see how it works out! :)

    • How did the canned pumpkin turn out? I have plenty of canned pumpkin, but don’t have fresh, and I’m not going to buy one just to make this recipe a few times a year. That would be a seasonal recipe for the fall.

  6. Can you make this with just egg yokes? My son is allergic to egg whites in addition to his other food allergies.

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