Pumpkin Bars – Gluten Free & Vegan

Pumpkin Bars - Gluten Free & Vegan at The Happy Housewife
By contributing writer Tessa

Tis the season for all things pumpkin! My family (especially me) gets giddy with all the orange orbs I am pulling from the garden. You can frequently find cookie sheets full of various pumpkins and winter squashes baking away in my oven this time of year.

Fresh puree is infinitely tastier than any variety you find in a can. It is an extra step, but I liken the difference to a fresh tomato off the garden vine versus a canned tomato—no comparison! In case you’re interested, I wrote a post to help you make your own pumpkin puree and explain that all pumpkins are not created equal.

Here is a quick recipe for pumpkin bars that your family will love! And you, as a mommy, can be happy that a vegetable is lurking within. You can eat it as is or consider some of these fun toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • melted caramel (add some milk to thin it)
  • a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • cream cheese frosting
  • maple sweetened creme fraiche

Not gluten free? This can be made with regular flour. See the note at the end of the recipe.

Pumpkin Bars - Gluten Free & Vegan at The Happy Housewife

Pumpkin Blondies- Gluten Free & Vegan
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • ¾ cup allowed butter (vegan butter, coconut oil, palm shortening)
  • 1 cup palm sugar, or brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon Nu Naturals Pure White Stevia Powder or ¼ cup additional sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, fresh is best!
  • 3 teaspoons chia meal gelled in ⅓ cup hot water or 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum
  • ¾ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour, or potato starch
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (or more!) to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Beat in pumpkin, vanilla, and chia egg.
  4. With the mixer still running, sprinkle in the the baking soda, guar gum, and sea salt.Continue with the flours.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread into prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
If you don't want a gluten-free bar, you could substitute 1¾ cups flour in place of the gum, rice flour, tapioca flour, millet flour, and potato starch.

A gluten free all-purpose flour can be use although the flavor will change, and some all-purpose mixes do not do well with no eggs.

Pumpkin Bars - Gluten Free & Vegan at The Happy Housewife

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Apple Bars

Apple Bars Recipe at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Andrea Green

If you are looking for a sweet treat to pack in lunch boxes or serve as an after school snack, look no further. Homemade Apple Bars are chock full of apples tucked into a delightful cinnamon batter.

These blondies are quick to make. In fact, you can get fall flavor in a plate with minimal effort.

Apple Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apple
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 7 x 11 inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg for 2 minutes or until creamy.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat another 30 seconds.
  6. Carefully stir in chopped apple.
  7. Spread batter into prepared pan. It will be thick. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
I always make these without nuts because I personally feel that nuts have no place in desserts. However, should you be in the nuts-in-dessert camp, you can add ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter when you add the apples. Use any sweet apple in this recipe. My favorites to use are Gala or Braeburn.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie VideoTutorial

Last month I shared with you a delicious recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cashew cookies. What I love about this recipe is that it can be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes.


You can also freeze or refrigerate the dough to use later if you want to incorporate this recipe into your freezer cooking plan.

I created a 2 minute video tutorial to show you just how easy it is to make these yummy cookies.

You can find the complete recipe and directions here.

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Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies: Gluten Free

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies | The Happy Housewife

I love recipes that have only a few ingredients because it means I almost always have all the ingredients I need in my house.

Last week I received several jars of Jif® Almond & Cashew Butter. While these butters are delicious on crackers, fruit (think sliced apples with almond butter – yum!), and toast, I thought it would be fun to take one of our favorite cookie recipes and modify it to use with cashew butter, since my family loves cashews. 

The result is a six ingredient cookie that can be made in about 20 minutes. Oh and it’s also gluten-free, so it’s a great dessert to take to your next party that everyone can enjoy.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 10
This is a great simple recipe that can be made quickly.
  • 1 cup Jif® Cashew Butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  1. Mix together all the ingredients except the milk chocolate chips.
  2. Add in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. (May take longer)
  5. Remove from the oven when the cookies are golden brown.
  6. Allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes on the baking sheet.
  7. Cool on a wire rack - or eat them when they are still gooey and warm.

gluten free chocolate chip cashew cookies

Other ways to enjoy Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters.

  • Spread on fruit (apples, bananas)
  • Dip for pretzels
  • Spread on English muffin or bagel
  • Dip for celery or carrots
  • Mix in oatmeal
  • Mix in smoothie

This post is a sponsored partnership with Jif®. All opinions and chocolate chips are mine. 

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