Paleo Pumpkin Bars

This post is sponsored by Barney Butter.

Want to see a jar of almond butter disappear in 5 seconds? These.

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars #glutenfree @barneybutter

Sometimes you’ve gotta sail away from safe harbor and see where life takes you. Break away from routine. Forge a path down the road less traveled. Go against the grain. Mix almond butter and pumpkin and bake at 350.

Do what?

From time to time, combining two big personalities with a little spice and some heat just doesn’t pan out. And other times? Synergy. Almond butter and pumpkin have got it going on. They are two ingredients you ordinarily wouldn’t think would fare well together, but as it turns out, they make one dynamic duo! There’s chemistry, folks!

This recipe is so silly simple, you’re going to wish all recipes were made out of it. There are zero flours or nut meals in the whole stinking tray, and pumpkin + almond butter is the glue that holds this operation together…doesn’t that just make you want to cry, slash do a cartwheel?

The melty chocolate in this photog… This is the point of no return.

Paleo Pumpkin Bars - grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and made with almond butter!


You’re having a stirring of emotions. That’s normal. I’d expect nothing less.

Texture-wise, these bars are soft and moist, and yet they hold together amazingly well. Flavor-wise, you get equal parts pumpkin and almond butter. In a weird act of science fiction, it’s as though you are tasting two treats in one. I know, it’s hard to imagine. Allow your mouth to do the supplemental research.

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars #glutenfree @barneybutter

These pumpkin bars are sweetened with coconut sugar and they’re packed with protein, so I’m calling them healthy. Like you could just snack on them throughout the day and feel all the good vibrations.

Let’s talk almond butter deets, because Barney Butter’s almond butter is not your typical almond butter! It’s ready to eat straight off the spoon when you open the jar – no need to drain, stir, shake, scream, shout, and let it all out. The almond butter is stir-free, thick and creamy, just like the texture of peanut butter. Plus it has half the saturated fat of peanut butter, so double up on your dose, son!

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars #glutenfree @barneybutter

I used Barney Butter’s Bare (unsalted, unsweetened) creamy almond butter for this recipe. I’m confident all of their other varietals would be marvelous in these bars, too. Fair warning: because I have only tested this recipe using Barney Butter, I can’t say how the bars would turn out using a nut butter with a thinner consistency.

These rich, moist, flavorful, and tasty pumpkin bars are perfect for fall. You only need one cup of pumpkin puree, which means if you use canned pumpkin, you’ll have leftovers. Which means you can take the remaining puree and throw it in a pumpkin spice smoothie.

Proceed forth!

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars #glutenfree @barneybutter

Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 small pumpkin bars
Author: Julia
Recipe adapted from Louisiana Bride's Grain-Free Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownies



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil an 8” x 8” square baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pureed pumpkin, egg, almond butter, and vanilla extract (wet mixture).
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut sugar, ground cinnamon, allspice, ground ginger, salt, and baking powder (dry mixture).
  4. Add the dry mixture to the bowl with the wet mixture and stir well to combine. Fold the dark chocolate chips into the batter.
  5. Pour the blondie batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out.
  6. Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut over the blondie batter (optional) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean.
  7. Allow blondies to cool at least 20 minutes before slicing into them and serving.


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    1. Julia Post author

      IIIII know, whoodda thought almond butter and pumpkin would work so well together! These bars are seriously addicting – you’ll love them!

  1. Julie

    I want some Barney Butter, because it’s so fun to say. Especially the Barney Butter Bare. Triple B. Ok. I’m done. Can you pack a couple of these for me? K, thanks.

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    I *almost* bought this almond butter yesterday. Like had it in my hand, INCHES from the cart, when some responsible person had to go and ask about the 8,000 jars of various butters we already have in the house. This recipe looks so good, that I think it’s time to run back to the store and have a magical slow motion jogging moment as I search the aisle for it. Seriously. Almond butter, pumpkin, chocolate. `Nough said.

    1. Julia Post author

      Picturing you jog to the almond butter in slow mo just made my day, haha! Thanks for the excellent visual. As much as I love almond butter in these bars, I bet one of your 8,000 nut butters would work too. Hope you enjoy! xo

  3. Letty

    Oh dear–these look absolutely beautiful–how can I not make them? Especially since I just happen to have all of the ingredients right now in my kitchen. The chocolate is the clincher for me…..

    1. Julia Post author

      Woop woop! So glad you’re interested in trying out the bars, Letty! You’ll have to let me know how you like them. The chocolate…ugh…it really raises the bar on the bars! mmmhmmm!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, love! I was fairly dumbfounded at how well these bars worked out, myself. Like when they came out of the oven, I felt what I imagined the dude who invented Gak felt like. Theese thing’s make me millions, right? Keeping my fingers crossed.

    1. Julia Post author

      As you should, love, as you should. I mean, I’m pretty sure you can scale these down to be a dessert for two in a heartbeat, which gives you the perfect excuse to do the supplemental research 😉

  4. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    I wouldn’t have thought to pair almond butter with pumpkin… but now that you’ve done it, I desperately want to eat some of these bars! I mean… not only are they gorgeous, but I can imagine they’re packed full of flavor and awesomeness, too!

  5. marquis @realrawkitchen

    These seem like Texas Gold Bars, except with a Fall twist and not packed with all the cringe-worthy ingredients. And if you’ve ever had Texas Gold bars then you know that is an ENORMOUS compliment haha I can’t wait to make these! They look so good, and you’re right, they seem nice and easy.

  6. RunnerGirl

    I made these and thought they were fantastic! i subbed pecans & walnuts for the chocolate chips.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

  7. Ali

    These are amazing! Whipped these up last night and they were gone this morning! haha whoops! (It’s just my & my boyfriend…but we can sure eat!) Thanks for sharing the fabulous recipe!

  8. staci

    FYI, I can’t USE your site from my phone, due to the pop-ups. I know you want to make money, but that’s ridiculous.


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