Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}

Original Post:  11/4/09

When I made our first dairy-free pumpkin bars back in 2009, we used Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting from a tub, and I was thrilled with the results. But now that so many more dairy-free products are on the market, it was time to try my hand at homemade cream cheese frosting...using dairy-free cream cheese!

I had GO Veggie cream cheese in the refrigerator, and it worked beautifully. I couldn't stop eating the icing, actually, and I don't even like dairy-free cream cheese normally. So yeah, you may just want to give this a try soon. Dairy peeps may not even notice it's milk-free. 


1 cup white/wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 (15-oz) can of pumpkin

1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or canola oil)
1/4 cup dairy-free milk
1/2 tsp. lemon juice or vinegar

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a square glass cake pan with dairy-free butter or spray oil.

Combine milk and lemon juice or vinegar in a bowl.  Let sit 5 minutes to make a "buttermilk".

Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a separate bowl.

Add pumpkin and oil to the buttermilk bowl.

Add dry mixture to wet mixture and incorporate well.  Mixture will seem dry for cake batter.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cake cool while you make the frosting.


2 Tbs. dairy-free margarine at room temperature (I used Earth Balance)
1/2 container of dairy-free cream cheese (I used GO Veggie)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

With electric mixer, cream together margarine and cream cheese.  Add vanilla and gradually add powdered sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.  Mix well and frost the cooled cake.


Meghan said...

wow! this looks really yummy! the frosting is dairy free?? my son is one and he (so far) is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. i am always looking for new things to make for him and the rest of us....definetely will try this one! thanks!

Jamie Kaufmann said...

hi meghan,

yep, we tried the pillsbury cream cheese frosting in a tub. i was a little leary but the boys ate it just fine. i'm very excited about this find! hope it broadens your baking options too!

Nancy said...

I'm so jealous, we don't have this in Canada, and I love cream cheese frosting. Guess I'll have to bring some back with me next time we go on holidays.

Jozana said...

I was so excited to see your post yesterday!!! I had to go to the store and see for myself. My son (3 yr) has a dairy allergy so I have been cooking dairy free for almost the whole three years (since I had to give up dairy while I was nursing). I'm so glad that I can once again have CREAM CHEESE frosting! I love your site it has opened up several new doors for my family.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it too! Thanks for checking in with us. I love these stories! Opening doors is what it's all about. :)

Xanders Mom said...

Just curious how you get your blog out there. I started a blog with the hopes of helping people in the same situation like you and I (my 4yo has life threatening allergies to dairy, eggs, and nuts) and I just don't know how to really get it out into a bigger community. I try to post recipes, mostly desserts, and other snacks since those seem to be what we usually feel as though we have to do without. I love that there are other people out there doing the same thing, and your recipes look great.