No bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars

These no bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars are a paleo treat made with pumpkin, dates, cocoa and coconut. Delicious and guilt-free!
No bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars

Yesterday, around 4:45pm, single lady-dom for the next 6 months (on weekdays) commenced. And while Ginger (who has been staring longingly out the window for the past hour as I type this) and I will definitely miss Ulysses during the week, I can’t say there aren’t some things that excite me about this sudden long-distance relationship.

Chocolate coconut pumpkin bars

1. Toilets will remain in the state that I left them in. As in, seat down and no “splattering”.

2. Sink drain food particles will be emptied before they turn into gross slimy who knows what.

3. A comfy, brand new down comforter in a bed all to myself (I’m not a snuggler while sleeping, there’s a line down the middle of the bed that distinctly separates the two sides. Cross it and be prepared to be pushed/kicked/elbowed back.)

4. The potential of only 1 grocery store trip a week now that banana, egg and milk consumption should fall to normal levels.

5. Treats like this lasting an entire week.

No bake pumpkin bars

It’s not that I don’t like sharing (although, really…who does?) the stuff I make with Ulysses, it’s more that I know he couldn’t care less that these are a mix of a bunch of healthy (read: more expensive) ingredients, that they’re paleo or that they shouldn’t be scarfed down in 2 bites.

If he were around during the week, 8 or 9pm would roll around, he’d be making himself some tea and start opening pantry doors, fridge doors and freezer doors to find something to eat for dessert. He’d come to these and likely eat one, standing up in the middle of the kitchen and be done before I could even tell him what they were. I’ll draw the process out to at least 15 bites to make the whole dessert experience last as long as possible, he’ll demolish it in .5 seconds with absolutely no care to what he just ate. A twinkie or some other store bought hfcs laden gem would garner the same respect (as in, none) as these whole food, expensive, put together layer by layer with love bars do to him. It.drives.me.batty.

So for now, I’m enjoying the perks of single status.

No bake pumpkin bars with chocolate and coconut

At least until garbage day on Thursday when I have to drag those damn cans up our ridiculously long, steep driveway myself.

No bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars
 
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These no bake chocolate coco pumpkin bars are a paleo treat made with pumpkin, dates, cocoa and coconut. Delicious and guilt-free!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates, pitted and soaked for 15-30 minutes in water
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1½ tablespoon dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ¼ cup coconut butter, softened until spreadable
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, almonds, cocoa powder and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor. Process until a ball starts to form and “dough” becomes sticky.
  2. Transfer to a 9×5 baking pan (a bread loaf pan) and spread/flatten out across the bottom of the entire pan.
  3. Spread the softened coconut butter as evenly as possible on top of the date/nut mixture.
  4. Add the banana, pumpkin, honey and remaining cinnamon to the food processor and process until smooth and fully combined.
  5. Pour mixture on top of the coconut butter, spreading evenly across the entire surface.
  6. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and freeze until set. About 30 minutes.
  7. Cut into 8 squares once frozen.
  8. Keep bars stored in the freezer. They can be eaten directly from the freezer or thawed for a couple of minutes for a softer pumpkin top layer.

 

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  1. 3

    siewlingchaw says

    following up from the previous comment i’ve left above,i do not like the taste of coconut butter,was curious on whether i could replace it with other nut butters like for example ; peanut butter ? :)

    • 4

      Running to the Kitchen says

      you could either leave it out completely or replace with a nut butter (I’d recommend almond, but pb would work too) :)

  2. 5

    says

    I saw your sneak peek of this treat on Instagram last and drooled shamlessly all over my phone. I thank you for that. I need to make these stat. REB is all about eating treats and I like fooling him with good-for-you treats, which this clearly is. I’m with you on the bed situation. REB and I are cuddlers (newlywed syndrome) but there IS a distinct line of demarcation. After snuggle time is done, none shall pass.

  3. 9

    says

    I totally hear you, I made some protein balls a few months ago for workout snacks and my husband attacked them like they were dessert. I opened to fridge the next day to find 2 balls left in the bag when I probably made close to 20. Men! :) (These look awesome by the way)

  4. 12

    says

    Love this recipe! Pinning and making soon!

    P.S. I strive to NEVER feel guilty when I eat and really hate seeing food described as ‘guilt-free’ etc. Eat, enjoy and get back on track!

    • 13

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Thanks, Tamara. I actually don’t feel guilt either when eating. Food is always a choice and if I’m going to choose to eat a certain way, it’s a conscience decision and not one worth feeling guilty over since no one forced it down my throat. Honestly, the label on the recipe was just an attempt to refrain from using the term “healthy” again as I feel like that’s so completely overdone these days, but I see your point. No need to perpetuate the “guilt” thing. :)

  5. 22

    says

    These look absolutely amazing. I call my boyfriend the Human Eating Machine, HEM for short, because he pretty much devours any leftovers/ treats I have in my kitchen, so I totally understand where you are coming from …

  6. 24

    says

    These look SO good! And I’m with you on things disappearing a lot faster when the snack attacks hit the men. We have the same problem with a lot of the kiddos’ snacks around here. They disappear somehow after the kids are in bed. ;)

  7. 26

    says

    I’m staring longingly at these, unblinkingly. I’m so far behind on all the news with U being gone. Training?
    Feel free to let me suffer in silence because I’ve been gone for so long and outta the loop. I hated having Ben gone long distance and only seeing him on weekends – it blows. But the non-cuddling thing, I kinda liked. Ben is an effin’ stove pipe, so I lay on the furthest edge of the bed to avoid the heat! Urgh.

    • 27

      Running to the Kitchen says

      haha, no worries. It’s fairly recent news. He finally got into the state Troopers now that the state hiring freeze is over so he started the academy yesterday. It’s 6 months long and upstate so we’ll only be seeing each other on weekends from now till May!

    • 30

      Running to the Kitchen says

      It’s not the same! It basically just the coconut flesh “butterized”. You could do it yourself in a food processor (like nut butter) with unsweetened coconut flakes. I’ve never done it and just fork over the $11 for the jar (it’s worth the price!). I find it at my local health food/bulk bin store, but places like Whole Foods definitely have it. Artisana is probably the most common brand name out there that makes it.

    • 31

      Running to the Kitchen says

      ps- you could totally replace it with nut butter or just omit it in this recipe too and they’d still be delicious!

  8. 32

    says

    I always secretly enjoy my single girl time at home. Although when it comes to killing bugs or taking out the trash, I really start missing Eddie, haha. Btw, you are like my go-to source for recipes that keep my paleo loving man happy! Thanks, girl!

  9. 33

    Iulietta says

    I made a batch of coconut almond granola once and my step-dad threw it all in a bowl with some milk and ate it for breakfast. I was like THAT’S NOT HOW YOU DO IT!!!

    Oh, and I’m totally making these.

  10. 34

    says

    Haha… this is my life. I have to HIDE things in my house if I want them to last more than a day around my husband. These bars look so delicious…I want to make them and hide them! :)

  11. 38

    says

    Hah! That is why I’m hesitant to share some things with my kids so I totally understand! Enjoy your single time while it lasts :D Your bars look so awesome – I love layered bars but the ingredients in these(not like in regular layered desserty bars) are just perfect :D

  12. 40

    Brigitte says

    Hi, with the pumpkin purée, is it just raw pumpkin, blitzed in food processor, or do I need to cook/bake pumpkin first then purée?

    • 41

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Pumpkin puree in a can is just pureed cooked pumpkin. You can definitely make your own by baking the pumpkin and giving it a blitz in the food processor.

  13. 42

    Lynne says

    As a new follower I must say I got quite a chuckle from this post! Could have been me writing it ;-d Enjoy your singleness .
    Am so going to make these yummy looking bars….TODAY

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