Low Carb Desserts: Flourless Almond Butter Pumpkin Coconut Bars

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Making treats with pumpkin keto friendly is easy and tastes wonderful. In fact, sugar-free pumpkin desserts are some of my favorite. One way to prepare these is by combining almond butter with pumpkin. This is a winning combination for low carb desserts and of course keto desserts/paleo desserts. You might even consider adding almond butter and pumpkin to your sugar-free ice cream recipes (low carb ice cream).

The thing to keep in mind is that you can’t use much pumpkin puree.

It is a low carbohydrate food but ½ cup pumpkin puree does have 10 grams carbs. However, 10 grams spread over an entire recipe will only give between 1 and 2 grams carbohydrates per serving so you are quite safe.

Why should you even consider pumpkin when making your Paleo desserts and sugar free desserts? Because pumpkin is actually a super-healthy food!

Pumpkin is

  • Higher in beta carotene than carrots
  • Great for your vision, the antioxidants in pumpkin can neutralize free radicals that contribute to eye disorders such as macular degeneration
  • Works as a stool softener
  • Contains good amounts of dietary fiber
  • Linked with a reduction in cancer of the colon and prostate
  • Helps with blood sugar regulation
  • Boosts the immune system function
  • Good source of vitamin C
  • Contains potassium, vitamin B2, vitamin E, copper and the mineral manganese
  • Pumpkin seeds are good for the heart. They reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Pumpkin seeds are anti-parasitic. They can give incentives for different types of worms and parasites to leave your body.
  • Great for the skin
  • Pumpkin seeds are high in tryptophan which increases your body’s level of serotonin. Serotonin keeps you calm in the midst of stress.

See why adding just a bit of pumpkin in your low carb desserts or even in your sugar free ice cream would be a great idea?

Flourless Almond Butter Pumpkin Coconut Bars

–Yields 16 bars

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup salted almond butter
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream concentrate (coconut manna)
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup erythritol or 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 4 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate bar, broken up into pieces

Instructions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan with coconut oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the almond butter, coconut cream concentrate, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, chia seeds and egg with a hand mixer.
  4. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, erythritol or stevia, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Let sit at room temperature for about an hour, allowing the flavors to mix.
  6. Then add in half of the shredded coconut along with the chocolate pieces and mix. If batter is too wet, add ¼ cup hemp seed meal or flax seed meal.
  7. Pour batter into the greased baking pan.
  8. Add the remaining shredded coconut on top of the batter.
  9. Bake until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven. Cool pan on top of cooling rack.
  11. Cut into squares. Top with low carb ice cream (sugar free ice cream) if desired.

Low Carb Desserts vs. Ice Cream Fun Facts:

  • One scoop of ice cream on a cone is equal to 50 licks unless you are a dog. You can bet that most people, unfortunately, are not choosing sugar free desserts like sugar free ice cream (low carb ice cream).
  • One in five people share ice cream with their pet. Again, I wonder how many people are giving their dogs low carb desserts that won’t harm them!
  • One ice cream on the market for dogs is called Frosty Paws.
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