Is there anything better than a Pumpkin dessert?

Okay yes, yes there is, I must admit that being personally serenaded by the Backstreet Boys WHILE eating a pumpkin dessert would be infinitely better.

But since I don’t have the BSB on speed dial (working on it), last night I just had a pumpkin dessert and I wasn’t upset about it. Not even a little.

In fact, I was so wrapped up in my yummy pumpkin baking that I didn’t even play “I Want It That Way” on my ipod while cooking and I was STILL okay with it.

I guess I didn’t Want It That Way after all.

Why the late night foray into pumpkin baking? Not that it really needs a reason because well, read the first sentence BUT the other day, The Boy told me about a pumpkin pie he bought from Costco, picture evidence and everything and I had serious Pumpkin dessert envy. I spent wayyyy too much time googling all sorts of different paleo pumpkin pie recipes (as it turns out it’s an abyss of Paleo Pumpin recipes out there) but figured I would make them closer to Thanksgiving since they involve multiple steps. and well, I’m just not sure me and my baking skillz ready for that (I’d rather watch TV).

Then, yesterday at work, I saw PaleOMG’s ooey gooey chocolate chip pumpkin bars on my Instagram feed and I knew I had to make them… it was National Dessert Day after all! I would be SO unpatriotic if I didn’t whip up some sort of delish treat. And our forefathers didn’t fight for me to just sit here with a bag of celery or some store bought treat and NOT make (and eat) dessert on this day.

So in order to fill my patriotic duties and give National Dessert Day the respect it deserves, I fought traffic and a herd of juice drinking, lulu lemon donning ladies and picked up a can of pumpkin at the grocery store.

Shockingly these bars were incredibly easy to make. Sort of like the crock pot of baked goods (confession: not that I’ve ever used my crock pot, but this felt like what I would imagine crock pot cooking to be like), throw it all in a bowl, mix it up, dump it in a pan, throw it in the oven, walk away and wait for your house to smell like sweet sweet deliciousness and then eat said sweet sweet deliciousness….

So here is PaleOMG’s Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars!

It all started with a few simple ingredients all thrown into one bowl (how easy is that?!):


3/4 cup of Pumpkin:


1 cup of Coconut Sugar:


1/2 cup of melted Coconut Oil (it’s clear but it’s here! sorry for the messy cup… I had just used it for the pumpkin!):


1 tsp of Vanilla Extract:


1 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice (warning: don’t sniff too close… smells great… doesn’t feel great when you inhale it…)


1 cup of Almond Flour and 1/4 cup of Tapioca Flour (this was my first time using it but it seems to good to have on hand if you’re cooking Paleo because a lot of recipes call for it)


One Egg (whisked):


And perhaps the most important part…. 1/2 cup of non-dairy chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks also while linking to them I noticed they just released a darker chocolate chip morsel– has anyone tried these yet?!)


It all looked like a mess (as did my kitchen):


Then I stirred it on up like I was Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus… (what a classic!)


Greased my baking dish with coconut oil:


and poured it in:


Then I put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes while I cleaned up.  When the timer went off, I was left with an amazingly good smelling apartment (who needs an artificial Pumpkin Spice candle when you’ve got pumpkiny baked goods filling up your apartment?!) and these:



Look at those crispy edges! I waited the ten minutes I was supposed to before cutting… but I can’t lie, it was HARD.

At long last:


The anticipation was killing me! Would they be deserving of their name? (ooey and gooey) and more importantly would they be delicious?!


The LOOKED ooey!


And they FELT gooey (in a good way of course):


And they tasted… terrible. What a waste of time.

I kid. I kid. These pumpkin bars were Uh-maze-ing. They tasted just like you would imagine an ooey gooey chocolate chip pumpkin bar would taste… only this time without grains or gluten or dairy. Gone are all those times I would look longingly at the Starbucks window eyeing their pumpkin loaf or pumpkin muffin! They aint got nothing on this bar of deliciousness.



Big fan of these. Huge.
(Take that Costco Pumpkin Pie!)

I feel I should mention that Enjoy Life does use cane sugar which means these aren’t strict strict paleo (but it’s minimal if you divide the 1/2 cup up over the whole pan) but to be totally honest with you, I don’t even think these need chocolate chips! That’s how good they are! Or I’m thinking you could use some cacao and a bit of honey to sweeten it if you wanted them to still be chocolatey while being strict paleo.

These were incredibly simple to make. 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of baking… easy peasy and most importantly, worth it!

And then there was waking up this morning and knowing I had these.

My Wednesday just got a whole lot sweeter, better and pumpkinyer

How did you celebrate National Dessert Day?



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