Pumpkin Spice Bars

Now that fall has arrived here in New England, I’m all about the warm, delicious comfort foods—pumpkin pie, apple crisp, turkey stuffing—but I don’t love the extra calories that come with them. Of course, I’d never be able to avoid my favorite seasonal dishes, so instead of refraining all all autumn long, I like to give my favorite recipes a healthy makeover by incorporating naturally fat-free and low-calorie ingredients, like spices, to pump up the flavor without compromising the flavor.

And my healthy additions don’t just taste good; they’re good for you too. Pumpkin, for instance, is a great source of vitamin A and fiber, and it’s incredibly versatile for many recipes.

Pumpkin Spice Bars


2.5 cups almond flour/meal

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 small apple, diced

3 eggs

1/3 cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts + more for sprinkling on top

Pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 8″ X 8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray

In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth.

Spread batter in prepared baking pan, sprinkle walnuts on top, and bake for approximately 30 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through.

Let bars cool completely in pan before cutting.

Makes 12 bars


Contributed by:
Tina Haupert
Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Columnist, Health.com