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Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars

These Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars are delicious with a dollop of pumpkin spiced whipped coconut cream/regular whipped cream and a steaming mug of coffee – and, guess what? these little snack cake-like bars just happen to be refined sugar free as well!

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars

Happy Friday Y’all!
Today marks day 20 since I moved to (and my daughter joined me at) our new abode. In an attempt to familiarize ourselves with our new neighborhood, my daughter and I have been going on Saturday morning walks around this little football-crazy, college town. Some of our walks have been right through the heart of downtown with cupcakeries, coffeehouses and bakeries galore!

Now, I have a mean sweet tooth. I’ve tried to tame it in the past. I even resorted to exist on refined sugar free treats like these Orange Cardamom Bites during a 3-month refined sugar-free sojourn. But, several months after that, my sweet tooth returned with a vengeance! So, I’ve learned best to indulge AND balance that mean sweet tooth of mine so it doesn’t get too nasty.

Easy Pumpkin Cake Bars

So, when we walk by these institutions where I swear I can smell the sugar 10 feet shy of the door, I go in, I grab AND thoroughly enjoy a butter-beer cinnamon bun (yes they do exist) or a carrot cake cupcake with mile high cream cheese frosting and then I come home and try to exercise balance with the rest of my sweet eats.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake Bars

And, that’s where these Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars come into play. These cake bars are very similar to this Chocolate Almond Cake. These cake bars, too, are made by whipping up egg whites and gently folding the whipped egg whites into a mixture of egg yolks, almond meal and flavorings. Only, when I made these Pumpkin Cake Bars, I used MonkSweet+ instead of sugar.

MonkSweet With Stevia

MonkSweet+ is seriously sweet so I ended up only using half as much sugar as I did in making that Chocolate Almond Cake. MonkSweet+ With Stevia is a blend of monk fruit, stevia and erythritol in granular form. With only 1 calorie and 4.7 grams carbs per serving, it’s perfect for low-carb diets, sugar reductions, paleo, keto and diabetic friendly diets as well. You can learn more about MonkSweet+ and other products by Steviva by checking out Steviva’s website and following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

Pumpkin Cake Bars

I sure hope y’all give MonkSweet+ a try – maybe by making these Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars this weekend! And, speaking of weekends, I sure hope yours is a great one – and yes, mine will be filled with more indulging AND balancing!

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Pumpkin Cake Bars

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These Refined Sugar Free, Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake Bars are delicious with a dollop of pumpkin spiced whipped cream and a steaming mug of coffee - perfect for some guilt free holiday snacking you think?

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond meal/flour
  • 5 eggs - separated
  • 1/2 cup MonkSweet+ with Stevia
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add egg yolks to one bowl and the egg whites to another bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer set on high, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  4. Into the bowl with the egg yolks, add the pumpkin puree, MonkSweet+, almond meal, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom powder, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Using the same electric mixer set on medium, beat these ingredients together till well incorporated.
  5. Using a spatula, gently fold in the egg whites into the egg yolk/almond meal/pumpkin mixture. Don't worry if it isn't mixed thoroughly.
  6. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment and pour Pumpkin Cake-Bar bater into it.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely before enjoying.
  8. By the way, these cake bars are delicious with some whipped cream or whipped coconut cream that is tinged with a bit of pumpkin pie spice, almond extract as well as some MonkSweet+

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David @ Spiced

Monday 30th of October 2017

I would be all about these cake bars, Shashi! I mean I hear ya about wandering around town and grabbing some treats (and Athens has some great places to stop...starting with that coffee shop and it's HUGE peanut butter cup cookies. I miss those!). But as much as I love going out and trying treats, I think I love baking said treats at home even more. I definitely need to give this recipe a shot! It sounds delicious!!

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Friday 27th of October 2017

So healthy that I can enjoy them as the breakfast!

Colleen

Friday 27th of October 2017

Yummo, these sound delicious. I am familiar with MonkFruit sweetner, what a great idea to use that in this.

David @ Cooking Chat

Friday 27th of October 2017

great snack for the fall season!

Brian Jones

Friday 27th of October 2017

They look superb, how does the sweetener compare to sugar in terms of quantities if I wanted to make with regular sugar?