No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars

Light as a feather No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ this whisper light pumpkin dessert with its spiced graham crust and fluffy pumpkin topping is perfect after a heavy meal!

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ a whisper light pumpkin dessert ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Not a fan of heavy desserts? These pumpkin cloud bars are for you!

These No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars are patterned after my beloved Lemon Crunch Bars. Those bars sustained me through a long hot LA summer with their easygoing, vintage charm and I loved them so much that I find myself reinventing them again and again as the seasons change. This latest reincarnation is inspired by my favorite fall flavors, and it gave a me a great excuse to make yet one more pumpkin treat.

Whisper light No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

These pumpkin bars are creamy and refreshing, but practically weightless. 

Holiday desserts tend to be on the heavy side. But let’s face it, no one really wants a heavy dessert after a big meal, and that’s where these Pumpkin Cloud Bars come in. They have a gently spiced pumpkin flavor and the texture of whipped cream. I added cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, cardamom and ginger to both the graham cracker crumb crust and the filling so you’d be sure to get the message!

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

These bars are best served chilled, and you can even eat them straight from the freezer.

Easy and light Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

TIP: Cutting is easier if you freeze the bars for an hour before slicing.

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars are a light alternative to pumpkin pie! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Light as a feather No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com
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3.80 from 15 votes

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars ~ this whisper light pumpkin dessert with its spiced graham crust and fluffy pumpkin topping is perfect after a heavy meal!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

crust

  • 11 full graham crackers
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp each cinnamon allspice, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted

filling

  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree not pie filling
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon allspice, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

garnish

  • grated nutmeg

Instructions

  • Spray and line a 9x9 square baking dish with parchment paper with long ends. The paper is completely optional, but I find it helps me lift the chilled bars out for neater cutting.
  • Put the graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor, crushing them as you add them. Sprinkle in the spices and sugar and process until the crumbs are all evenly crushed. Add the melted butter and process until the crumbs are all dampened.
  • Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan, using gently pressure to get them evenly packed down.
  • Rinse and dry the processor bowl and blade and add the cream. Process until the cream is whipped to stiff peaks. This takes only about 30 seconds, so watch carefully. Then process in the pumpkin, condensed milk, and spices, just until blended.
  • Turn the whipped filled out onto the crust and spread out evenly.
  • Refrigerate until firm, about 6-8 hours.
  • Cut into squares and dust with freshly grated nutmeg.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make these pumpkin spice bars your own ~

  • You can also use gingersnap or chocolate wafer cookie crumbs if you like.

 

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  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    What dreamy bars, I love that cloud-like topping!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Laura!

  • Reply
    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    November 12, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Sue, these bars look so delightful! And I love the name. How I wish I would right now with my tea! (Pinning)

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

      The name says it all πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    These look like pumpkin perfection and I agree, it’s so nice to have a nice, light option after a big meal! Making me wish Thanksgiving wasn’t behind me πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Joann Raccippio
    November 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    These look amazing! I’m going to surprise my son with these pumpkin bars this weekend.

  • Reply
    Mary
    November 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    This looks a lovely recipe and would love to make it but as I don’t know what Graham Crackers look like, could you give me an idea of either volume or weight please. I know this sounds strange but I live in New Zealand. Thankyou. ?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      You can use any plain cookie for the crumbs, Mary. If you can get gingersnaps, they work great…you’ll want about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs, so use whatever you have available. (http://www.honeymaid.com/varieties)

      • Reply
        Mary
        November 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        Thanks Sue, Ginger Snaps would be a good combination with the Pumpkin.

        • Reply
          Sue
          November 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

          Yes, they’d be really great, I just picked up a huge tin at Cost Plus, too πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I can just see all those wonderful spices peaking out of the crust and filling. This is another one of your amazing one pan drool worthy desserts! I guess I’ll have to buy more pumpkin! My family is going to flip for this. It’s becoming an annual tradition to make a TVFGI dessert for Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ Last year we made and devoured your Frozen Turkey!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Oh gosh, I could use a Frozen Turkey right now, thanks Tricia!

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    November 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I have never made a cloud type bar but they look so light and refreshing. You are right that nobody wants a heavy dessert after stuffing their faces with turkey and the trimmings. These look like they’d be a big hit at my holiday table. Have a great weekend Sue!

  • Reply
    sippitysup
    November 11, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I see you’ve offered forks. But to me, these light as air “cloud bars” are finger food. I give finger food the “thumbs up”. It seems both sophisticated and mischievous and of course as light as a cloud. GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      I almost mentioned that these are fairly messy to be finger food, sorry Greg πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Darlene
    November 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Has anyone tried these? I see comments but it doesn’t sound like anyone made them. I’d like a review if someone out there made them! Thanks ?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      This post is new today, Darlene, but you might take a look at some of the other variations, like the Lemon Crunch Bars that have been on the blog longer.

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