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

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

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’re creamy and refreshing, but practically weightless.  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

No Bake Pumpkin Cloud Bars

Yield: serves 9

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan, using gently pressure to get them evenly packed down.
  4. 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.
  5. Turn the whipped filled out onto the crust and spread out evenly.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about 6-8 hours.
  7. Cut into squares and dust with freshly grated nutmeg.
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Make it your own ~

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

 

 

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34 Comments

  • 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!

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    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 :)

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    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 ;)

  • 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.

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    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)

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        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 :)

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    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 :) 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!

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    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!

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    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 :)

  • 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.

  • Reply
    2 sisters recipes
    November 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    This is perfect Sue for the holiday! We love no bake deserts and no bake bars like these light ,and fluffy and the crust sounds just as delicious as te pumpkin layer on top.

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    Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C
    November 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

    These look so light and heavenly! I’d have to skip the cardamom (I’m allergic) but I really want to try these. Nice job, Sue! Pinning.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks Andrea!!

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    Taylor
    November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    These look like such a delicious alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie square. I love how light and fluffy sweetened condensed milk and whipping cream is when combined – I use this method to make ice cream in the summer. But pumpkin – I love it any time of the year!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I’ve discovered that combo in a big way this year, and, yes, I do no churn ice creams with it as well!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    November 11, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Love no baked desserts, Sue – and this one looks perfect for Thanksgiving! I like that they seem lighter than the typical pumpkin pie.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

      They’re much lighter, both in texture and in flavor, Geraldine, so they’d be good for those who don’t love pumpkin overload :)

  • Reply
    Evi
    November 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Oh my! These look so yummy! I love that they are no bake!

  • Reply
    Fiona Saluk
    November 11, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I have never heard of cloud bars before, but this looks delicious! Love that it’s pumpkin too, perfect for the holiday and perfect way to sneak in some veggies to partially justify having a big helping! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Haha, I’m not so sure this counts as a serving of veggies…but…

  • Reply
    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    November 11, 2016 at 7:40 am

    OMG the topping DOES look like a cloud – or a pillow (after a heavy turkey day meal)! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 8:21 am

      It’s the desserts that always take the Thanksgiving meal from wonderful to ‘oh my god how did I eat this much’ for me :)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    November 11, 2016 at 5:36 am

    This looks heavenly and I might be able to trick my husband to eat some pumpkins this way…awesome!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 6:53 am

      I think so Angie, the flavor is so mild compared to pumpkin pie.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    November 11, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Move over pumpkin pie! These look amazing. They would be so perfect for after a heavy holiday meal!

  • Reply
    penny
    November 11, 2016 at 3:50 am

    How much butter is in the crust?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 11, 2016 at 6:57 am

      1/2 cup, or 1 stick, Penny