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Chai Pumpkin Spice Fudge Bars with Maple Pumpkin Butter Frosting (raw, gluten-free)

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This recipe is a cross between a brownie and fudge.  It’s sticky, it’s gooey, it’s devilishly good!   These are very rich so I recommend cutting them into smaller bite size pieces.

Ingredients: Makes 36 fudge bites

Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced  (divided)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp cold-pressed raw coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Prepare a 8×8, straight-edged pan by lining it with plastic wrap.  This will help when it comes time to remove the fudge.  Set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients, except for 1/4 cup of dried apricot, in to the food processor.  Process using the “S” blade until everything is well incorporated.
    • Don’t have pumpkin spice on hand?  No problem, you can make your own, here’s how: Ingredients: yields 8 teaspoons of Pumpkin Spice: 4 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp Allspice, and 1 tsp nutmeg.  Mix ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Remove the dough and place in a large bowl.
    • Tip ~ The batter is thick and sticky.  Sometimes it helps to either wet your hands or rub a little coconut oil on them so the batter does stick to your hands too much.  Then again, being able to lick your fingers clean is part of the reward for making such a delicious dessert!
  4. Add the remaining diced dried apricots and work the dough by hand.  Then using the palm of your hand, make folding motions with the dough so everything gets evenly distributed.
  5. Press the dough into the pan, firmly and evenly.
  6. Spread the Maple Pumpkin Butter Frosting on top.
  7. Put the fudge in the freezer and let it set for a least an hour or overnight.
  8. Slice into desired sized squares and EAT!
  9. IF you have any left over, I recommend storing them in the fridge.
  10. These freeze amazingly!  I recommend cutting them into squares prior to freezing.

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients:

  • To learn more about maple syrup by clicking (here).
  • Is agave a good choice?  Click (here).
  • What is Himalayan pink salt and does it really matter?  Click (here) to read more about it.
  • Are oats gluten-free?  Yes, read more about that (here).
  • Are oats raw?  Yes, they can be found.  Click (here) to learn more.
  • Do I need to soak and dehydrate oats?  Not required but recommended.  Click (here) to see why.


One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage.  Daily I get questions regarding substitutions.  Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe.    I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family.  I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item.  Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient.   Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself.   So have fun, don’t be afraid,  and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.




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18 thoughts on “Chai Pumpkin Spice Fudge Bars with Maple Pumpkin Butter Frosting (raw, gluten-free)

  1. Do you think the caffeine in the tea would be prominent or even noticeable from eating the tea leaves?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Veggie,

      Well I think the caffeine could effect a person in either case. If you are sensitive to caffeine, look for a brand that is caffeine-free. Have a great evening, amie sue

  2. Robyn says:

    Ohhh yum,,,another one saved and making

  3. Suzana says:

    Looks yummy, Amie-Sue!
    We must do it this weekend…

    • amie-sue says:

      Yes Suzana…you MUST make this, this weekend. hehe And if you do, I would love to hear how it went for you. Have a happy day, amie sue

  4. sharon says:

    Hello Amie Sue I am looking at the ingredients do we suppose to put pumpkin in the maple pumpkin butter I love pumpkin and this looks tasty thank you for all you do I love your recipes . Sharon

    • amie-sue says:

      Morning Sharon…

      I hope that I am understanding your question right. Are you asking me if you use pumpkin puree in the “frosting”… the Maple Pumpkin Butter Spread? If that is what you are asking… yes, click on the link for the Maple Pumpkin Butter Spread and it will let you know how much to use. If you have further questions regarding this, don’t hesitate to ask. Have a great day, amie sue

  5. Chris says:

    Is there any way to make this without dates? Thanks!

  6. Rhonda says:

    hey amie sue, I made these the other day, in fact I’ve got one in my mouth..that’s what reminded me to post in here to let u know how much we’re enjoying them. they are sooooo rich and sweet, and just what my sweet tooth needed. have a happy Thanksgiving!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Rhonda, you crack me up. Thank you for sharing. Is it safe to type with your mouth full? hehe Have a happy day, amie sue

  7. gina says:

    I’d just like to say that not only are your recipes amazing & creative but the presentation makes me think of home & especially the Fall season (in NY whets I lived til I was 12. Been in FL too long). The colors & staging you do makes me feel all cozy with the warm fuzzies. Thank you for that.

    • amie-sue says:

      I am all about warm fuzzies Gina :) I am glad that I could invite you into my little world and create warm memories for you. Thank you for your sweet words. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

  8. Cindy says:

    Hello, just found this recipe. Infused Chai Pumpkin Spice Fudge Bars with Maple Pumpkin Butter Frosting. Can you use something other than the dried apricots?The dates are OK but I didn’t want to use so much dried fruit. Can they be left out?


    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Cindy,

      They can be left out, they just add a depth of flavor. If you want you could always decrease the dates by the same measurement of apricots to keep them in…up to you. :) Have a great evening, amie sue

  9. maria says:

    what is ‘Allspice’? (sorry if it’s a stupid question :))
    thank you,

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