Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing

We were asked to write a guest recipe for the awesome-ness that is Food Renegade. Food Renegade is about real food and challenging politically correct nutrition. As huge proponents of Weston A. Price (as are we–minus the grains), they write very insightful advice and even offer consulting/coaching classes. We hope no Health-Bent’ers feel deprived or neglected, as it was hard for us to give a recipe to someone else. But, we’re sure that it’ll taste just as good, even if it was posted on another website.

38 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing

  1. Tiffanie Reply

    Hi! I came to your blog after your delicious-sounding and -looking recipe on Food Renegade. I am a devoted WAPF-er who tries to keep grains mindfully at a minimum. I am inspired by your recipes that look and sound yummy without the grains. I wanna get into the kitchen and try some! : )


  2. Liz Reply

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than the brownies, I tried these. Seriously AWESOME! I didn’t make the icing because I couldn’t find coconut butter. Doesn’t matter, even without the icing these are great. I’m not even tempted by junk food or restaurant desserts anymore because I know what I have at home is so much better!

  3. April Reply

    Made these last night and I can’t believe how amazing they turned out! I have a feeling I’ll be making these a few times during the holiday season!
    I had to do the icing twice. The first time I whipped it too long and it started to get all clumpy and goopy. Also, mine turned out brown due to the cinnamon and the honey. How did yours turn out white-ish?

    • megan keatley Reply

      so glad you liked them april!

      yes, my icing was a tinge tan from the honey. you can kind of see it in the picture. i was writing the recipe for food renegade, and i’m pretty sure they’re don’t eat refined sugar. though we’ve written about the fact that sugar is sugar is sugar, i didn’t think it appropriate to go on the soapbox on that site. so, long story short, feel free to use whatever sweetener you’d like.

  4. teena Reply

    I’m planning on making these for our office thanksgiving dinner( for a bunch of police officers). I am not going to tell anyone how I am making them. Some of my buddies know I try and be “paleo”, so we will see what they all think. I will repost after they consume these brownies. Hopefully, they turn out to be the best dessert.

    • megan keatley Reply

      interesting idea teena. i am very interested to hear how that turns out for you. i tried that with a cookie recipe i’ll be posting soon. didn’t work for me–though they said they liked them, they knew right away. i guess it just shows how far removed we are from all that crap we used to eat.

  5. teena Reply


    The bars were a hit. The guys actually ate them all up before we ate lunch. They were really impressed and told me they thought whatever I brought would be bland.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Just from bringing the bars I was able to share this website with about a dozen folks from my unit. I guess we will see if any of them actually try a recipe now.
    Thanks again

  6. Laura Reply

    I made these for Thanksgiving. They were a big hit. My icing was also sort of brown, but it tasted great. I was wondering about the refrigeration – is it just to keep the icing solid, or is it necessary to keep them from spoiling? Here in the chilly midwest, room temperature coconut butter is rock hard and raw honey is rather solid this time of year, so I was thinking I wouldn’t really need to refigerate these next time.

    • megan keatley Reply

      yeah, the honey definitely tinges the super whiteness of the coconut. i like to keep things that contain eggs in the fridge, just b/c bacteria growth scares me. just do whatever you’d normally do with a cake…and i’m sure you’ll be fine. glad ya’ll enjoyed laura!

  7. Alycia Reply

    These were absolutely delicious!! I’ve made many this holiday season. The last batch I actually ended up making with canned sweet potato puree and maple syrup because I forgot I’d used up the last can of pumpkin and the honey. Still delicious!

  8. AustinGirl Reply

    I made these last night and naturally, because its a recipe from y’all, they rocked out loud. They almost had the same feeling as the inside of a traditional bread pudding, which is something I seriously miss these days! Thanks, as always, for providing such great recipes!!

  9. Natasha Reply

    I actually made these in the morning in the place of breakfast muffins. I cooked them in a muffin pan for 20 minutes instead of 30 and they turned out wonderful. I didn’t have the coconut butter either so I just used 1/2 pumpkin and 1/2 almond butter in its place. Wonderful!!!

  10. Magda Reply

    I am not seeing the recipe for these above?? Where can I find it?

    • megan keatley Reply

      magda–the recipe was written for the website foodrenegade.com. there’s a link in the post you can click on and it’ll take you directly to the recipe.

  11. Catherine Reply

    Hey Megan!

    I have been wanting to make these forever. I have not been able to find coconut butter but today I found a jar of Nutiva Coconut Manna at Whole Foods. Can this be substituted for the coconut butter for the icing? It says on the label that it is the ‘ideal everything cream that can replace butter.’ What do you think? Looking forward to your response!! Thank you. :)

  12. Catherine Reply

    hey megan,

    thanks for confirming that. i searched online to find out and hadn’t been able to find an exact answer. about to make these now!! yum. :)

  13. Catherine Reply

    These are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us and on the Food Renegade website. :)

  14. Catherine Reply

    I have made these every week for the past month, they are the most deliciously addicting treat ever!

  15. Chrissy Reply

    Megan, I’ve seen a bunch of your recipes on here before, but tonight was my first time actually making one. HANDS DOWN, the best Paleo dessert yet!! Moist, cakey, and such a wonderful flavor of pumpkin!! I didn’t have any almond butter, so I made my own with raw almonds & pecan oil – smooth, creamy, and absolutely delicious! I couldn’t be more excited about these bars! The icing totally melted (I thought the cake was cooled, but I guess not, lol)…but it tasted amazing, so I didn’t mind one bit. :)

    Btw, I brought these to my church’s fall festival & I won 3rd place in the dessert contest! That’s pretty awesome, considering the voters were SAD people! ;)

    Anyway, thank you for this FANTASTIC recipe! I can’t wait to try more!!!

  16. Chrissy Reply

    Oh, wait! That wasn’t my first recipe! The first one I made was the Cheesecake Swirl Brownies, and I forgot to tell you that they were the bomb, as well! I just lovvvve pumpkin. :)

  17. Leah Reply

    Hi, Megan! I’ve made these three times now and they are absolutely amazing!!! My brother, who doesn’t believe in paleo or gluten-free, even loves them. The only problem I have is that the icing never seems to come out right. It’s always delicious, but the texture is terrible. It’s kind of chunky with liquid all around it. Do you have any tips on how to make it better? Thanks!

  18. Jessica D Reply

    This recipe is so fantastic, thank you. I used the leftover pumpkin from the pumpkin chili recipe and they turned out just awesome.

  19. Lauren Reply

    Help! I have made the cake twice both times yielding the same result, a sunken center. I am cooking at 6000ft and never had a problem with baking (pre-paleo, using all-purpose flour, etc). I have tested the temp and bake time, used foil around the edges to cook the center, all to no avail. Do you have any suggestions?

    • megan keatley Reply

      my best guess is that you need to reduce the leavener (baking soda and powder). how much will depend on the alitutde, so you may have to play around with it. i would probably start by maybe reducing it by 1/2 t

  20. deby Reply

    I am having the same issue with the icing. It’s always gloppy with liquid all around. No matter how long or short I whip it, it never whips up at all. What am I doing wrong?

  21. Shellie Reply

    I don’t see the recipe on this page for some reason, Help!

  22. Corrie Ann Reply

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with Food Renegade. Now I know about your site too.

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