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September 19, 2021

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bars

pumpkin cookie dough

Cookie dough is pretty much the best part of making cookies, right? If you agree, then you'll love these healthy no-bake pumpkin cookie dough bars! Made with whole food simple ingredients, they're also a great midday snack, or dessert. Plus, I love how easy they are to make too. Simply, throw all the ingredients into your food processor (or a blender works too) and voila - cookie dough bars! Topping them with melted chocolate and flaky salt makes these a little more sophisticated. But you can leave the flaky salt off if you don't have a salty tooth like me. And although it may seem strange to make cookie dough with chickpeas, it works. No matter who I gave these to over the holidays, nobody suspected chickpeas in the dough. So it can be our little secret...

WHY NO BAKE DESSERTS ARE AMAZING

As if I need to explain why no bake desserts are amazing, they just are, right?! But for anyone that is somewhat new to the wonderful world of no bake desserts, allow me to fill you in.

They’re Easy to Make: No real baking required, all you need are measured out ingredients and something to store your dessert in.

They Store Well: I love how you can keep them in the freezer (sealed) for months (if they last that long!). But anytime, you want a little something sweet, pull out one of your no-bake creations and boom- instant dessert.

No Fuss: Other than measuring your ingredients, no-bake desserts (and raw desserts) are packed with flavour without any fuss. I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m not a baker. But, these types of easy desserts, they’re MY THING.

pumpkin cookie dough

Other No Bake Cookie Dough Recipes to try

I do love my no-bake recipes. If you're curious to try some of my other no-bake goodies, check them out below!

THE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR CHICKPEA COOKIE DOUGH

I kept the ingredient list fairly short for these healthy pumpkin bars, as you only need 10 ingredients! And the chocolate topping is only 2 ingredients. Here is everything you’ll need to make them.

ingredients laid out

CANNED CHICKPEAS

Obviously, this is one of the main ingredients in a chickpea cookie dough, so you’re gonna need a can. Simply drain and give them a rinse. Tip - save the liquid from the can of chickpeas (it's called aquafaba) and you can use it to replace egg whites in a cocktail/mocktail. It's amazing!

I always buy this brand of chickpeas, because they’re organic, and made with kombu, a sea vegetable that helps with digestion and it’s BPA free.

CASHEW BUTTER

Personally, I like using cashew butter for these. But, almond butter or peanut butter will also work. Peanut butter will be a stronger flavour. Or go nut free and use SunButter instead.

VANILLA

Pure vanilla extract gives these a delicious flavour and aroma. Be sure to use pure vanilla extract and not the imitation stuff.

BAKING SODA

This just makes it taste more like cookie dough, even though you’re not actually baking it.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Chocolate chips also work, but there is something about using dark chocolate and chopping it into irregular chunks that I love. It adds a nice contrast to the no bake pumpkin cookie dough bars. Stick to around 70% dark chocolate, and use a vegan one if needed to avoid any dairy.

This is the brand I use and love.

ROLLED OATS

The rolled oats add to the texture and offer some nutritional benefits as well. They’re high in fibre (just like the chickpeas) and you won’t taste them much at all.

I always use this brand of rolled oats, make sure they’re gluten free if you need them to be.

MAPLE SYRUP

I like using maple syrup as the sweetener of choice because it tastes great, it’s readily available and it offers some nutritional benefits as well. You could sub this for another sweetener if you want.

COCONUT OIL

In addition to the fat from the cashew butter, coconut oil helps to really smooth this out. Start with 1 tbsp and work up to what you need to get a smooth consistency. I used about 2 tbsp in mine! Plus, you’ll also use some for the chocolate topping as well.

This is the brand of coconut oil I use and love.

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE

A little pumpkin pie spice will bring out the pumpkin flavour more. If you don't have any, you can easily make it yourself at home with a mix of spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

PUMPKIN PUREE 

You only need 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree for this recipe, so save the rest for smoothies, soups or other baked goods.

pumpkin cookie dough

HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE COOKIE DOUGH BARS

These are pretty much foolproof and so EASY to make.

All you need to do is add all of the chickpea cookie dough ingredients (except the chocolate chunks/chips) into a food processor. A blender will also work, but you'll need to stop several times to scrape things down and it may become overheated as a result. I prefer making these in my food processor.

ingredients in food processor

ingredients blended in food processor

Once it is all blended, go ahead and add in the pumpkin pie spice and some of the chopped chocolate and give that a quick mix.

cookie dough in bowl with chocolate chunks added

Layer it into a prepared 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper. Place it in the freezer while you make the chocolate topping.

cookie dough pressed into pan

For the chocolate topping, simply melt your chopped chocolate (or chips) and some coconut oil. Then pour this on top of the chickpea cookie dough bars.

If you want to make some pretty swooshes with the chocolate, let it harden just a little and then use the back of a spoon to make the swooshes. Then top with some flaky salt and place it back in the freezer to harden. This will take about two hours.

chocolate swooshed on top with spoon

HOW TO STORE & SERVE YOUR PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIE DOUGH

After the no bake pumpkin cookie dough bars have hardened completely in the freezer, remove them, slice into 12 bars and serve them.

Or slice them up and store them in your freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them. When you want one, let it come to room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes.

To store them, simply slice them and keep them in a sealed container (or freezer bags).

pumpkin cookie dough

If you make these no bake cookie dough bars, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to tag me on Instagram, and/or leave a comment, rating or review below.

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up close photo of chocolate on top of bars

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Bars

These no bake pumpkin spice cookie dough bars combine all the best flavours of raw cookie dough with a little pumpkin. They're easy to make and perfect for a healthy dessert or snack!

Prep:
10
min
cook:
0
min
total:
120
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Author:

Jaclyn

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add the chickpeas through to the salt and purée until completely smooth (at least a few minutes).
  2. Remove the chickpea cookie dough and place in a medium sized bowl. Add the pumpkin pie spice and 2 ozs. of the chopped dark chocolate
  3. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, using coconut oil if needed to help make sure the paper sticks to the pan. Pour the chickpea cookie dough into the pan and place in the freezer while you make the chocolate topping.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the remaining chopped chocolate with the remaining 1 tsp of coconut oil. Melt until completely smooth.
  5. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the chocolate topping on top. Once it's starting to harden, you can make swooshes with the back of a spoon if you want. Top with some flaky salt if you desire (I love it!). Place back into the freezer until the cookie dough is set, about 1 to 2 hours.
  6. Remove the pan, and take out the parchment lined cookie dough bars. Slice into 12 bars and let it sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes prior to eating. Store leftover slices in the freezer in a sealed container or plastic bag.

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This is the first cinnamon roll recipe i've actually gotten to work! I let the dough rest in the fridge for 4-5 hours and then rolled and filled it, then let it rest in the fridge over night and it worked great for an early morning bake. I looked through the whole recipe and you never mention what temperature to bake at. It just says "place in your preheated oven to bake" I baked at 350. Also it would be really nice if the caramel sauce recipe was included here. All in all totally delicious, worth the effort, and I will be making this again.