An incredible paleo pumpkin cake slathered in a low-carb maple brown butter cream cheese frosting! Who said delicious food couldn’t be healthy?!
We have made this amazing paleo pumpkin cake more times than I like to admit. Like A LOT. But I don’t have to admit that. Really.
I could say it was because I wanted to make extra sure they recipe was spot on…..but I knew that after 2 attempts!
The real reason is that it is pure pumpkin perfection. And the brown butter frosting? Well…it’s nothing short of amazing!
The texture? A perfect, light, and cakey crumb with just enough moisture. I swear, the best bakery could not have a better cake crumb…and in this case totally grain free!!!
The flavor? Well the brown butter frosting has this lovely caramel overtone from the brown butter addition. It was really a spontaneous addition because I keep brown butter on hand to use in just about any place I can think to use it….it’s pure awesomeness (learn how to make brown butter here)!! And the maple and brown butter together? Well, let’s just say it’s a flavor match made in heaven and that everyone needs to try it just once in their life if they can!
While certainly not zero carbs, it is lower carb than you average baked good….and it uses all wholesome, real food ingredients…so it almost counts as a health food!
Dairy free grain free pumpkin cake??
The cake is already dairy free, so yay you!
As far as the frosting goes, I have heard good things about Kite Hill Almond Cream Cheese, as well has other vegan brands. Sub the butter for either palm shortening or a preferred vegan butter….no brown butter flavor, but still good!
And honestly, any favorite frosting would work here. I have this paleo vegan chocolate frosting or no frosting at all.
Or mix in some chocolate chips and call it a blondie. Really…make it work for your restrictions!
Healthy pumpkin cake topping ideas:
And if you love pumpkin as much as we do, take a minute to peruse my over 30 recipes that include pumpkin as a star ingredient!!
Because really? There is always a good reason to break out the pumpkin whatever time of year it is, and these pumpkin bars will not disappoint!
Paleo Pumpkin Cake Recipe:
If you try this cake, be sure to come back and leave a review and comment!
Paleo Pumpkin Cake w/ Maple Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup pumpkin puree or any winter squash puree like butternut, I show you how to in linked post (click pumpkin puree)
- 1 cup palm sugar + stevia to taste. May use all low carb sweeteners if you prefer
- 1/2 cup coconut oil softened or melted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup cassava flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 ounces cream cheese lower fat fine, dairy free fine
- 2 tablespoons brown butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup for low carb could use maple flavoring
- Stevia to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 11 x 7 glass pan.
In the bowl of a mixer, cream the softened oil, pumpkin, and sugar.
Cream in the eggs and vanilla.
With the mixer running, sprinkle in the baking powder and sea salt.
Follow with the flours.
Spread batter into the greased pan, and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. When a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, they are ready.
While they cool, place all the frosting ingredients into the bowl of the mixer, or use your Blend-Tec Twister Jar. Taste and add additional sweetener if you feel like it needs it.
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So decadent and delicious!!
These were not bad, but the bars are pretty bland, and I didn’t think the brown butter flavor was particularly complimentary here.
Adding spices is always an option…we love this way, but everyone has different preferences. Thanks Cara.
The flavor combo in these sounds a-maz-ing! I love carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I’m just imagining cream cheese frosting with brown butter on pumpkin bars. Yum! ?
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
I’m always on board with cream cheese frosting, but made with browned butter… Oh My Goodness that looks amazing!
STACEY CRAWFORD says
I love brown butter & pumpkin together! I can’t say no to cream cheese frosting either 🙂
Cristina Curp says
Kite Hill is so delicious! These are perfect for fall! Thank you!
ChihYu Smith says
They look so moist and delicious! Love it’s low carb, too. Fabulous!
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving says
There is just nothing like the flavor combo of brown butter and pumpkin. That frosting looks amazing and my family would just devour this!
I love all things pumpkin. These look so moist and delicious. YUM!
Irena Macri says
Yummo! These are really tasty (maybe a little too much so). Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Oh, heck yes. I’m seriously drooling over these! I have to have some kind of pumpkin dessert every Fall and these may need to happen in my kitchen.
Renee D Kohley says
These look delicious – so fun! I’ve tried a couple pumpkin bars that were dry and these look nice and fluffy and moist
You have me swooning over that frosting! It’s so special with the brown butter and so perfect on these pumpkin bars – yum!
Raia Todd says
Those look perfectly delicious. I love pumpkin anything, and that glaze sounds like a wonderful addition!
The texture looks so good!!! I love that you use a vobo of cassava and almond flour…I have both and can’t wait to try these!
Erica D. says
YES! There are so many dairy-free alternatives for butter now – you mention one of my favorite, Kite Hill! Miyoko’s also has a cashew-based butter that’s out of this world! If you’re looking for Stevia-flavored maple “syrup” look for NuNaturals that came out with a pourable maple flavor!
Jules Shepard says
As a lover of everything pumpkin I give this recipe two thumbs up! I will be making these for the family soon!
Nicole Dawson says
Sounds like a delicious treat to kick off fall and all things pumpkin-y!
Hope Sarafa says
Tomorrow I am going to make some of your food from your blog . Alexa (6)
Alexa had so much fun looking at your blog. We are going make your Pumpkin bars tomorrow.
Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations says
Oh My Goodness Tessa, these look A-Mazing!!!! I might try these with an egg replacer and I’ll let you know how they turn out!
Tessa Simpson says
they wouldn’t be as lofty…but I might try psyllium as a binder in this one!! Maybe some coconut flour too
These look INCREDIBLE! No one will ever know they’re being healthy (even my kids!) This one is going on my to do list now!
Tessa Simpson says
Then that would be a success Karly! Sneaky Moms unite!
Leo Tat says
Good recipe to use up the pumpkin flesh from the pumpkins for halloween. The butter frosting looks so tempting!
Tessa Simpson says
It IS tempting….a huge reason these disappear so quickly in our house!! thanks Leo!