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HOW TO: Bake Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bars with Cinnamon and Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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Dry Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350F. Note: Makes about 12-16 bars

Combine the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

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Wet Ingredients

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, until they are well combined. Pour into a greased 8 by 8 inch pan and smooth the top evenly. Cook for 40-45 minutes until the edges brown slightly and a toothpick inserted into the bars comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

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Frosting

I love frosting, but dislike the mass amounts of confectioner’s sugar that are usually used. This recipe uses only 1/3 cup and the frosting gets a healthy boost and firming factor from the coconut oil, which solidifies in the refrigerator.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and beat for 3-5 minutes, until well-mixed and fluffy. Refrigerate for an hour or two, until firm and easily spreadable.

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Toasted Pecans

Chop the pecans and toast in a pan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, watching the pan carefully so that they don’t burn. Let cool.

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Finishing Touches

Once pumpkin pie bars have cooled completely (let sit for several hours), frost with the cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with pecans. Cut into pieces and serve.