Pumpkin Pie Brownies (grain-free, dairy-free)

I’ve created a monster.

Pumpkin Pie Brownies, Grain-free Dairy-free

Quite a few of you have told me that you’ve made these pumpkin bars multiple times already. (Thank you for letting me know if you’ve made them; I love getting your feedback on recipes and anything that’s on the blog!) I’m right there with you. I think we’ve demolished 4 batches already? Well this is a little something if you’re looking to switch up the rotation a bit.

It still has chocolate, and still has pumpkin, so don’t worry. It’s not too much of a walk on the wild side.

Pumpkin Pie Brownies Breakdown

brownies on the bottom,

grain-free Brownie batterBrownie batter in baking dish

pie on top,  

Pouring on the pumpkin pie filling

and any sound of dessert satisfaction you would like to make. 

Pumpkin pie brownies fresh out of the oven

Stack of Pumpkin pie brownies

I’ve been going through a bit of a dessert identity crisis lately. I used to be ALL about the brownies, cakes and cookies, and for the past few months, I’ve been a cobbler and pie kind of girl. I don’t even know who I am. Well, desserts like this prove that you don’t have to choose; just combine them all. (It totally reminds me of this hahah.)

Pumpkin pie brownies on a plate

And the best part? You’re still getting in whole foods, healthy fats, a bit of protein, and there’s NO refined sugar, dairy or grains.

whole food ingredients for pumpkin pie brownies

This is where I run around high-fiving everyone with chocolate-covered hands.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

bite of pumpkin pie brownies

Pumpkin Pie Brownies
A grain-free and dairy free version of this festive fall dessert. No refined sugar!
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the brownie layer
  1. 1 cup almond butter
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. Pinch of sea salt
  9. 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
For the pumpkin pie layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups pure pumpkin puree
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup honey
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. Pinch of sea salt
  7. 1 tablespoon of almond meal
  8. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325, and grease a 6x10 inch glass baking dish with coconut or olive oil.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, prepare the brownie layer batter. Fluff the almond butter with a fork until smooth and creamy, and then thoroughly mix in the remaining ingredients until smooth and well-combined.
  3. 3. Pour the brownie layer into the dish, and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. 4. While the brownie layer is baking, prepare the pie layer. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.
  5. 5. After removing the brownies from the oven, allow to cool slightly (5 minutes or so), before *gently* smoothing the pumpkin pie layer on top.
  6. 6. Place back into the oven to back for 35-40 minutes, until the pumpkin layer is firm and slightly browned around the edges.
  1. This is the tough part: these taste even better if brought to room temperature and stored in the fridge overnight (covered). This is the perfect make-ahead dessert recipe for any holiday parties coming up, too!
Adapted from Brownies done better
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  1. These sound amazing!! Gotta try them.

    I go through phases with different desserts. Right now I don’t have any *particular* dessert that I’m obsessing over, so combining different desserts seems like an excellent idea 😀

  2. Yum! I’m going to bookmark these to make around Thanksgiving time.

  3. Oh my gosh Gina!! These sound amazing! I have eaten 2 pans of the pumpkin bars already (whoops!) and cannot wait to try these. I blame it on being 33 weeks pregnant 🙂

  4. Yay paleo treats!

  5. Yum! I’ve made pumpkin everything, but I haven’t made pumpkin brownies yet. thes must happen. Nothing better than a muddy treat!

  6. OMG these look amazing! I wish I had more of a love for baking… I just love eating the treats haha.

  7. My goodness this sounds delicious- what a great idea!

  8. Yup- these are happening this week!!

  9. Amazing is all I can say!!

  10. Hi Gina. I’m not a fan of coconut flavor. When using coconut oil and sugar, can you taste the coconut flavor? If so, are there any alternates you would recommend? Thanks!

  11. I cannot wait to try these! Pumpkin and chocolate are basically my two favorite things ever!

  12. You mean you have to wait around overnight to eat them? Well then, I don’t want to make them … hahahha! 🙂 My mouth is watering just looking at them though. Nice one, Gina!

  13. Oh dear these looks sooo good! I am trying to cut down on sugar but I def need to try this out and make a post about your recipe 😀

  14. These sound delightful! Are the almond meal, chocolate chips, and coconut sugar necessary?

    • Fitnessista says:

      i would still do some type of flour (it helps the pumpkin set) but you could skip the chocolate chips and sugar no prob

  15. This looks amazing! Is there another type of flour that could be substituted for the almond flour?

  16. These sound so good! Can’t wait to try!

  17. This is everything I could want in a recipe for this time of year. My autumn just significantly improved. Also, this does not seem too daunting, and I think I could actually accomplish baking this even in the small confines of my residence hall’s kitchen! Thank you for the great recipe Gina. 🙂

  18. This is everything I could want in a recipe for this time of year. My autumn just significantly improved. Also, this does not seem too daunting, and I think I could actually accomplish baking this even in the small confines of my residence hall’s kitchen! Sorry I messed up on the format of the last comment.

  19. Yum!! I only wish I had an oven to make these delicious brownies, the ingredient list is quite impressive, big high fives for healthy treats!

  20. Oh my goodness this looks fabulous!!

  21. Your food photography has improved so much!! It is really inspiring to me as I am still getting a grasp on things but you really got some great shots of this delicious brownie! Thanks for sharing xo C

  22. These look amazing!! I have to try them out soon!! (Maybe after my marathon on Sunday!!)

  23. These are in the oven right now… perfect to reward my staff for a busy week at work!!

  24. I made these last night… Soooooo good. I love them warm right out of the oven but they were delicious this a.m. cold from the fridge too. It’s like eating chocolate pumpkin pie….or brownies with pumpkin pudding. Loved them!

    • Fitnessista says:

      yessss! so happy you’re enjoying them, too!! i demolished the last of our batch today… time to make more 😉

  25. I made these last night – amazing! I only used 1 cup of pumpkin because that’s what I had left. The whole family devoured them – husband and 5 and 3 year olds approve 🙂 I liked that the pumpkin pie layer was just firm enough – not too runny or soft. I also over cooked them accidentally by probably 15 minutes but it didn’t hurt anything! Yum they will be happening again soon!

  26. OH MY GOSH yum!:)

  27. I made this to surprise my husband. The batter alone is to.die.for!!! 😀 I want them to hurry up and cook. 32 mins to go. 🙂

    • Edited: Hubby LOVED these because they tasted like a traditional brownie. I thought it was an awesome dessert. Very creative and it had a nice fall touch with the Pumpkin.

  28. These look amazing!! I’m definitely making them this weekend. Silly question, though…I have never seen a 6×10 pan before. Is that a loaf pan? Could I adapt it somehow to an 8×8 pan?

  29. Gina! You’ve outdone yourself! I made these last night and I don’t know how I haven’t consumed all of them before. I immediately sent this recipe to everyone I know and love and told them they need these in their lives.

  30. Yum! I am way late to the party but these look awesome. Need to try soon!

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