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Easy Keto Pumpkin Bars

If you read our blog or follow us on social media, you’ve probably figured out that Fall is our favorite time of year. Fall is when Rebecca and I met and it’s when we were married.



Fall is also when we consume the most of one of our favorite foods; Pumpkin!

Arguably, it’s the spices that tend to go with the Pumpkin, but there’s just something about that magical, giant, orange fruit that embodies everything we love about this season.

And yes… a pumpkin is technically a squash and squashes are fruits.

Because of that, it does have some carbs. 10-11  grams of Net carbs per cup of pumpkin puree, in fact. There’s some wiggle room on the exact number of carbs because, depending on the growing season and lots of other factors, some pumpkins will have more or less sugar content.

The long and short of it is, however, on Keto, pumpkin is one of those foods that you need to limit in order to stay within your macros. But if you’re going to eat it, it might as well be as Keto-friendly as possible, right?!

One of our engagement announcement photos. Because that’s how much we love pumpkin. We may or may not have roasted and eaten those pumpkins after the photos.



That’s been tough for Rebecca and me this year on Keto because we’ve been in the kitchen doing all these Pumpkin recipe experiments.

The taste testing has been… epic!

We have to have new things to share on the blog, right? This is the sacrifice that we’re willing to make for our readers. See how dedicated we are to you?!

One of the recipes we put together are these Easy Keto Pumpkin Bars. I’ve been trying to make something like fudge for a while now, and nothing seems to work just right. I’ve tried other peoples’ recipes and it always sort of falls flat.
One day, while cobbling together another attempt at pumpkin fudge, I made these bars. While I don’t feel like they are really fudge, I think they’re in the same family…. Or at least the same area code. So we decided to call them Pumpkin Bars.



These are really easy to make and have that spicy, pumpkiny taste of Fall that we love so much.

How to Make our Easy Keto Pumpkin Bars

You can read the recipe below, so I’ll just hit a few high points here.

Ingredients – Notes

The butter and cream cheese.

Let these sit out and get to room temperature before you put them into your mixer. If you skip this step, your bars won’t have a smooth texture. There will be little chunks in it. See the picture here.

Maple Extract

Watkins makes some of the best extracts on the market. Their Maple hits the mark in a big way!

The flavor of their Maple extract will make you think you poured syrup in your recipe. Just don't use more than a few drops for a recipe because you'll quickly overwhelm the dish with maple flavor, which turns sort of bitter.

The flavors of Watkins extracts don't get lost in other ingredients or when they are baked.

The Nuts

The recipe calls for a blend of nuts. Pecans are great in this recipe, but whatever mixture of nuts and seeds you have on hand is perfect as long as they’re Keto (so no peanuts or cashews) and you don’t have any sort of allergy to them.

The spices

You can use pumpkin pie spice if you like, but I make my own. I’ve included that recipe below as well.

Monkfruit Sweetener

Monkfruit quickly became our favorite Keto sweetener. It tastes good, has no aftertaste that we can discern and it doesn’t affect our blood glucose at all. It also stands up to heat better than most other Keto sweeteners.

The only downside is that it’s a little more expensive than other sweeteners, but we think it’s worth it.

Granulated (aka Classic) Monkfruit is a substitute for white sugar, and can be used as a 1:1 replacement in most recipes.

 

Learn More About Sweeteners

Interested in learning a little more about sweeteners and where they rank for Keto?

We put together a handy chart of 55 sweeteners commonly used on the market today. The chart shows you which sweeteners are actually sugar, which ones are bad chemicals or natural, where they land on the Glycemic Index and more.

We also rank each sweetener on the list as Good, Bad, or Ugly for Keto.

 

Click here to read our 55 Sweeteners blog post.

 

Or just click the image to download the free chart as a pdf.

Tools

You can use a hand mixer to cream the butter and everything together, but I prefer my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Put everything in the bowl, turn it on and let it work while you prep the rest of your recipe. It’s one of those multi-function kitchen tools that has absolutely spoiled me. I don’t know how I made anything before I got the thing. Click the image (affiliate link) and get one for yourself. Write to me later and let me know how awesome it is.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

By itself, a KitchenAid stand mixer is  one of the best inventions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

The ability to add attachments turns this gadget into a miracle worker.

We use Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer to make our own butter which is super easy!  Also, we use ours whip up Keto cake batters, to grind meat for our own Keto-friendly sausage, and a ton of other kitchen tasks.

It's a multi-purpose powerhouse!

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Easy Keto Pumpkin Bars

These Pumpkin Squares are super easy, really yummy, and perfect a great Fall treat. Honestly, they're good any time of year though!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword keto, pumpkin
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 Squares
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients

For the Squares

For the Nuts/Seeds Topping

Instructions

To Make the Bars

  1. Set Cream Cheese and Butter out on the counter for a couple hours so they reach room temperature. If you skip this step, they won't mix into a smooth texture.

  2. Add cream cheese, 1 stick of butter and confectioners monkfruit to your stand mixer (or use a hand mixer) and cream together on medium speed for 5 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle in the pumpkin pie spice slowly. Make sure not to drop too much in one area. This will prevent clumping. Continue mixing until the spice is well mixed in.

  4. Mix in the maple extract.

  5. When everything is combined, give it a sample taste to make sure it's as sweet as you want it. You can add a bit more confectioners monkfruit here, but I caution against adding too much. It can leave your squares almost bitter if you get them too sweet.

  6. When everything is blended evenly and smooth, pour the mixture into a plastic or foil-lined dish, approximately 5"x7" inches. Smooth it out evenly.

To Make the Topping

  1. Put the nuts/seeds into a ziplock bag and give them a few light hits with a kitchen mallet, rolling pin or iron skillet; just whatever you have that will crush them up a bit. Give them a coarse crushing.

  2. Pour the nuts/seeds mixture into a small microwave safe container and add the butter. Heat for 10 seconds in the microwave, then stir, then heat for a few more seconds and stir. Repeat that until the butter is melted and coating the nuts. You're not trying to get them hot here. Just melt the butter and coat everything.

  3. Add the spices, salt and monkfruit sweetener, then mix until everything is combined.

  4. Spoon the nut mixture on top of the pumpkin mixture, creating an even coating on top. Lightly press the nuts into the top and level everything out with the back of a spoon.

  5. Put your bars in the fridge for a few hours. 8 hours or over night is best, if you can keep your hands off of them that long.

  6. When you take them out, turn them out onto a cutting board and remove the plastic/foil liner. Cut them into squares. We got 15 squares out of them, but cut them as big or as small as you like.

Recipe Notes

We cut these into 15 squares, but you can cut them into any size you like.

If you get more or less bars than we got, just know that you'll have to recalculate the macros. Here are the macros for the entire recipe, to make things a little easier for you.

Calories: 1575
Fat: 154.5
Carbs: 21
Protein: 19.5

If you get 10 bars, for example, just divide all these numbers by 10 and you'll have your macros per bar. Easy peasy, right?

Nutrition Facts
Easy Keto Pumpkin Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.3g16%
Carbohydrates 1.4g0%
Protein 1.3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Easy homemade pumpkin pie spice.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Pie Spice, Spice Blend, spice mix
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 tbsp

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix all spices in a bowl until well blended
  2. Store in an airtight container

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