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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars

I started feeling autumn this weekend and wanted to whip out a pumpkin recipe! And of course, where did I head? None other than my good ol' Pinterest board -- Pumpkin Love! I scrolled down, mouth watering ... and found a picture that described a Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake -- with the crust made from a yellow cake mix! Clicking through to the site -- I was thrilled to be met with the actual recipe posted back in 2011 and found that I had most all of the ingredients! I married two recipes to make my own, based on my own pantry items and the need for pumpkin-craving satisfaction! The combination of the original recipe from Jamie Cooks it Up and a classic pumpkin pie recipe from All Recipes.

I preheated the oven to 425 degrees F and got started!
FYI! cook time: 
  • 15 minutes at 425 degrees
  • 45 minutes at 350 degrees
I formed the crust using a
  • buttered Pyrex
  •  baking dish (tip: use the butter wrapper!)
  • Gluten-Free Yellow Cake mix
  • A stick of butter (1/2 cup) melted (I used unsalted)
  • 1 egg
I used this Gluten Free brand from Aldi
Mixed well and pressed into the Pyrex

For the filling, I whisked up
  • 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg)
  • a pinch of salt (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • a handful of sugar (about 1/4 cup *optional)
Lovely filling poured carefully on top of the crust
I popped the lovely pumpkin creation into our oven (425 degrees) and set the timer for 15 min for the first portion. I couldn't help but flip the oven light on to check on the progress of the bars! I turned the oven down to 350 and set the timer again for a (loooong!) 45 minutes. 

Meanwhile while pumpkin smells filled our home

Fiiiinally, the timer beeped!! We tested the "done-ness" of the cake/bars by slipping a knife in the center -- YAY! We'd done it! My husband encouraged me to wait until it cooled, and I could barely hold in my anticipation!

While the bars were cooling, I pulled out our NutriBullet
 (ironic...cough cough) and used the remainder of our Heavy Whipping Cream carton (and sugar "to taste") to make some yummy whipped topping! It worked GREAT! I was thrilled, it was my first time to try this method. --it was lovely, and fluffy -- perfect for topping this pumpkin treat!

Pin on Pinterest if you get the chance!
What is your favorite autumn treat?
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Linking up with Sandi of Fearless Dining for Gluten-Free & DIY Tuesday as well as Pin it Thursday!

Also linking up today on the Fall Family Bucket List from Wife Mommy Me! Check out some more autumn treasures HERE!
Sweet Bella Roos


  1. YUM!!!! Those look SO AMAZING, my mouth is watering! I went to Aldi yesterday to pick up a gf chocolate chip cookie mix (SO GOOD) and should have grabbed this cake mix :( next time for sure! Beautiful images- and what's sweeter than a tasty homemade dessert smell wafting through your home while your precious one sleeps!? Adorable! Thanks for sharing, i'll have to add this to our fall treats! We LOVE fall too, and Chad talks about it year round haha! Time for jeans, flannels, puffy vests, sweet treats and outside family living!!

  2. thanks for sharing this! they look delicious!

  3. I love pumpkin and LOVE this recipe because I don't have to go out and buy an expensive gluten-free pie crust! Soooo good -- with plenty to share!

  4. :) You've gotta try it! I even shared with a friend who doesn't-really-like-pumpkin -- and he went back for seconds!

  5. YES!! We just made chocolate chip cookies bars yesterday from their mix! Mmmm :) So nice having affordable mixes to whip up after a long day! Josh and I let him fall asleep in our bed as a special treat :) We just HAD to sneak in and turn on the lamp for a cuteness explosion <3 Of course, we moved him when we were getting ready for bed. Special moments! Chad is totally mr. autumn for sure :) I think you two epitomize fall!

  6. YES PLEASE!! :) Anytime! Aldi just keeps treating our family well, doesn't it! I'm going to have to search for some cool fall activities around here -- it will be different with palm trees and beaches ;) but I've heard there are some fun carnivals and such! Hopefully I can find somewhere to pick-your-own apples! KETTLE COOK OUTS = the best!

  7. Thanks for linking up girl! I am saving these recipes as my mother-in-law is gluten free and I'm sure would love to partake in the fall goodies too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. YES! For sure :D You're such a thoughtful daughter-in-law to be thinking of her :) Those gluten-free crusts and pre-made baked goods can be super expensive -- so it is SO nice to discover a yummy (and do-able) treasure! I hope you all can enjoy it together :D Thanks for the comment love!

  9. I never can wait til things cool before I taste :)

  10. these look great! I'm gonna show this to my friend who's daughter is gluten free!

  11. Oh thank you so much :D I hope they can enjoy some yummy fall flavors!

  12. Thanks for linking up with us last week. I wanted to let you know I made these on Sunday and they were so goooood!!!

  13. YAAAY!!! :D I ate waaaay to many myself! SO glad you enjoyed! --and thank you for sharing!

  14. Made these for community group last night! Topped them with fresh whipped cream. DELISH!

  15. YAY!! I'm so glad :) MmMMmm's time to make them again!


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