Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Kara Swanson

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend, Kara!  Kara and I connected through Instagram and she has graciously offered to share with you her guilt-free holiday dessert recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars.  Need I say more?!? Make sure to check out her Instagram and Blog--you will not regret it! She is a great follow! Now for Kara...



Hi there, I’m Kara! Founder of Life Well Lived, obsessed with recreating recipes to be healthier, lover of allll things chocolate, and creator of Transform: Nutrition Bootcamp {where I’ve helped hundreds of women change their nutrition, lose weight, and change their lives}.


It’s officially fall and I am soaking in the season for cozy sweaters, hot chocolate and alllll things pumpkin. If you are in need of a dessert for Thanksgiving or your next dinner party. I’ve got you covered.


Today I am sharing with you one of my all time favorite recipes. If you love chocolate + cookies + pumpkin this is the dessert of your dreams. I used super simple and quality ingredients to make these Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookie Bars healthier + guilt free. Coconut sugar was used as the sweetener which has a lower glycemic index which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable. So no judging from me if you eat the whole pan.


I highly recommend eating them warm with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream {I’m obsessed with Coconut Bliss!} and enjoy every warm, chocolatey bite.


And if you’re wanting to learn proven strategies that I personally use to prevent holiday weight gain this year, join me in my next LIVE masterclass! It’s FREE and I’ll be showing you how to find balance this holiday season. You can enjoy your favorite foods without going up a size in your jeans! You can register for my free class: 5 Simple Steps To Prevent Holiday Weight Gain HERE!


Want to discover more secrets to fat loss and simple + easy + delicious recipes? Then check out  Life Well Lived. You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram @karaswanson.




1 1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup pure pumpkin

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 tbs coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs




1. Preheat oven to 350 and line 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Combine dry ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a mixing bowl.

3. Add in the wet ingredients and mix until combined.

4. Add in chocolate chips.

5. Pour batter into prepared dish and spread evenly.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and edges are browning.

7. Let cool before cutting into bars. Bars get denser as they cool.