Healthy Pumpkin Creme Bars that are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.
I just love a good pumpkin recipe this time of year…don’t you??! I love to make my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Muffins for a quick snack on the go, but this time I wanted to make a dessert or “treat” recipe. And I love that this one is no bake!
It’s not always easy trying to make unhealthy desserts healthy. It takes a lot of creativity and thought as to what you can use as a healthy substitute. But one substitute I absolutely love is coconut milk!! I’m not sure if you’ve tried this, but you can actually use cold coconut milk like whipped cream. I’ve even fooled my family into thinking it’s whipped cream!
While these Pumpkin Creme Bars look like the popular “Nanaimo Bar,” I assure you, they are not. These bars need to be kept frozen. When you use natural and wholesome ingredients, you need to keep the final product fresh, there is no shelf life. Nanaimo Bars are LOADED with sugar, which is why they can be kept at room temperature for days on end.
But having treats in the freezer is a good thing right?! That way you don’t eat them all at once 😉
The medjool dates give the crust a natural sweetness. This combined with the cool pumpkin creme filling and chocolaty top layer give these bars a wonderful, refreshing taste. I used dark chocolate chips for the chocolate topping, but if you want this recipe to be vegan, then you can use vegan chocolate chips.