Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars

3 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 5 Comments

I ran out of Nut and Oat bars last week and missed them so much! I loved being able to grab a homemade snack out the fridge instead of something I’d regret out of the pantry.

Just a reminder, these aren’t quite “granola” bars and they aren’t cookie like. I am going to try my hand a more traditional granola soon, but in the mean time these are a tasty combo of seeds and oats in a fun portable form. They are dense, tasty, and very satisfying.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - close up

Both boys enjoyed them and I love a bar with my nightly cup of tea. Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars

Here’s what I did…

  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (120g)
  • 2 tbsp honey (42g)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (120g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (60g)
  • 1/4 almond milk (or skim)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

If you don’t know (I didn’t until a few weeks ago) pepitas are just pumpkin seed kernels. I bought a bag in walmart, they are carrying this brand now with lots of fun seeds and nuts.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - pepitas

Put a half a cup in you bullet or processer

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - before

and pulse to break them up.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - after

Note: I would keep them whole but I was trying to make these more kid friendly since mine doesn’t like chunks.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - ingredients

Mix well.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - mixed up

Press the mixture into a 9×11 pan lined with parchment paper.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - before baking

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the pan and cut into 12 bars.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - pepitas

The larger pan made then the perfect thickness in my opinion.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - cut

Little Bean stuffed his mouth immediately.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - Little Bean

Little Guy devoured one.

Pumpkin, Oat and Seed Bars - Little Guy

I love seeing them eat things with so many whole ingredients. It helps counteract the candy and Doritos I’ve been trying to minimize in our diets.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
12 one bar
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
135 7g 2g old: 3 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 1g 14g 6g

See other recipes using: oatmeal, pepitas, pumpkin, sunflower seeds

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    October 30, 2012

    I made another big batch to help us get through the storm and we never ended up losing any power! Everyone likes them! I like the idea of nuts with some salt. Thanks again for getting me started. It's been fun experimenting with different ingredients. Mo


    October 31, 2012

    These look amazing! Just want to know if it matters if the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are roasted or raw? Thanks, Jacquie


    October 31, 2012

    Mine were both roasted but it shouldn't really matter. This recipe is pretty forgiving, the pumpkin and honey whole everything together making the bar. That's about it.


    November 4, 2012

    In the oven! Can't wait! I found the pepitas and sunflower seeds in the bulk food section at my local grocery store--if anyone is having difficulty finding whole bags, try bulk foods! And, it was cheap as I was able to buy only what I needed!


    August 5, 2013

    Just made these yesterday to use for breakfasts this week. I used pumpkin seeds instead of pepitas but I figured close enough. I had trouble with them getting stuck to the paper so they were more like large granola pieces but still very yummy!