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

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.

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

Chocolate coconut pumpkin bars

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 these no-bake pumpkin coconut bars 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 coconut pumpkin bars do to him.

I recently came across these vegan bounty bars and know the same would apply to them!

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.

More recipes like these chocolate coconut pumpkin bars to enjoy this fall:

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Sweet Potato Oat Bars
Cinnamon Cake Bars
Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bites

5 from 1 vote

No Bake Chocolate Coconut Pumpkin Bars

Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 40 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
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!

Ingredients 

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted and soaked for 15-30 minutes in water
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 11/2 tablespoon dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, softened until spreadable
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • Combine dates, almonds, cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor. Process until a ball starts to form and “dough” becomes sticky.
  • Transfer to a 9×13 baking pan (a bread loaf pan) and spread/flatten out across the bottom of the entire pan.
  • Spread the softened coconut butter as evenly as possible on top of the date/nut mixture.
  • Add the banana, pumpkin, honey and remaining cinnamon to the food processor and process until smooth and fully combined.
  • Pour mixture on top of the coconut butter, spreading evenly across the entire surface.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and freeze until set. About 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 8 squares once frozen.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 127mgFiber: 8gSugar: 28g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. 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

  2. I often enjoy singledom during the weekdays as well :) Here’s to clean bathrooms and beds all to ourselves! These bars look delish and I love that they are paleo!

  3. 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! :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen coconut butter…is it the same as coconut oil?? These look too good to pass up! :)

    1. 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.

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

  7. 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.

    1. 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!