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Skinny Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These easy pumpkin cheesecake bars have a spicy-sweet gluten free crust and are so creamy! You'd never know they're only 150 calories!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time7 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Julie Evink

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 Tbsp Pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Molasses
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut oil at room temperature (it should be the consistency of softened butter)
  • ¾ Cup Coconut flour sifted (66g)
  • ¼ tsp Ginger powder
  • Pinch of salt

For the cheesecake

  • 8 oz Reduced-fat cream cheese softened (not fat-free!)
  • ½ Cup + 2 Tbsp Coconut sugar brown sugar works too
  • ½ Cup Canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling!
  • 1 Large egg at room temperature
  • ½ Tbsp Pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang over the sides of the pan. Lightly grease the tinfoil with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat the maple syrup, molasses and coconut oil together using an electric hand beater until creamy and well combined. Stir in the coconut flour, ginger powder and salt until it forms a dough.
  • Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan and bake until lightly golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Your crust will probably have risen and cracked a little bit when it comes out of the oven, use the pack of a large spoon to pack it down so it’s flat and crack-free. Let cool for 30 minutes before starting the cheesecake layer. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  • Once the crust has cooled, beat the softened cream cheese and coconut sugar in a large bowl until fluffy and combined. Add in the canned pumpkin and beat just until combined. Finally, add in the egg and pumpkin pie spice and beat just until mixed, scraping down the sides as needed. Make sure you beat just until everything is smooth and creamy, as overbeating cheesecake causes it to crack while baking.
  • Place the cheesecake into the oven and bake until the sides just begin to rise and the center feels set, but is still a little jiggly, about 30 minutes. Turn off the oven heat, crack the oven door a little bit and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 30 minutes before removing it and letting it cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Once room temperature, cover the cheesecake and refrigerate for AT LEAST 4 hours to overnight.
  • Once chilled, slice into squares and DEVOUR!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg