Fall wouldn't feel complete without smooth and delicious Keto Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.
Pumpkin spice desserts have long been a fall tradition in our family. Using the magic of coconut flour, you can enjoy these keto pumpkin bars and stay true to your keto diet. They have no added sugar and are topped with a creamy maple cream cheese frosting.
The texture of these Keto Pumpkin Bars is quite pumpkin pieish…. just a little heartier. They satisfy my pumpkin pie cravings during the fall months and make an amazing dessert at Thanksgiving or Christmas if you decide to stay keto through the holidays! It's totally possible with these keto pumpkin bars in your keto holiday baking arsenal.
Ingredient Notes and Baking Tips
When you are shopping for canned pumpkin, double check the ingredients list so that you don't pick up the wrong version. They sell a pre-spiced (and pre-sugared) version. Leave that one on the shelf!
When making your keto pumpkin bars, ensure that your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing. This is especially important with the frosting.
If you are making these in a cool environment, I recommend softening the cream cheese and butter in the microwave until they are nice and squishy before mixing up the keto frosting.
If you end up with chunks in the keto maple cream cheese frosting, warm up the mixture in the microwave and whip it again.
Substitutions for Keto Pumpkin Bars
Why Bocha Sweet?
Our sugar substitute of choice is Bocha Sweet and there's good reason for this!
Bocha Sweet is extracted from the Kabocha pumpkin which has been a staple in the Japanese diet for centuries. Consuming Bocha Sweet on a daily basis helps to support longevity and supports healthy blood sugar levels.
Even better? It tastes almost exactly like real sugar. There's no thin flavor or metallic aftertaste. I think most of us are looking for something that tastes amazing because only a full, satisfying taste is going to work over the long-term.
So, if we are going to go to all the work to make these keto parfaits so we can please our tastebuds AND stick to our keto diet. Well, we want the result to taste GOOD not… just ‘meh' and unsatisfying. For this reason plus the health benefits, we reach for Bocha Sweet every time.
Other Natural Sweeteners
You can use just about any sweetener you want with these. You can also increase the amount of sweetener in the bars or frosting for a sweeter dessert. I've kept this at a moderate sweetness level.
You are right. Molasses isn't keto. However, I'm using a very small amount to get that brown sugar taste in the keto pumpkin bars. If you are uncomfortable with it, leave it out of your recipe.
Ingredients for Keto Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Here's a few things you'll need to make these keto pumpkin bars:
- Bocha Sweet
- Liquid Stevia Drops
- Xanthan Gum
- Cream of Tarter
- Coconut Flour
- Canned Pumpkin with no added sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract (watch out for hidden sugars in extracts!)
- Maple Extract with no added sugar
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
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Keto Pumpkin Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour 54 g
- 1/4 Tsp Xanthan Gum
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
- 6 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tsp Pure Almond Extract
- 40 Drops Liquid Stevia
- 1/4 Cup Bocha Sweet
- 1 Tsp Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Grease a 9×9 baking pan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, olive oil, sour cream pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, almond, stevia, sweetener and molasses and mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix for about 1 minute or until all ingredients are well combined.
- Pour batter into greased 9×9 baking pan
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before serving
- Store covered or in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Sugar-Free Cream Cheese Frosting
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Begin mixing on low, slowly increasing the speed to whip the frosting. The frosting is done when it is whipped and smooth.