Peanut Butter Pumpkin Power Bars

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I know my children aren’t the only ones clamoring for snacks every 2.5 seconds. And after school? Ravenous. No way are they making it to supper, but no way am I filling them with junk! These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Power Bars are a hit with my clan, and I feel good about feeding them something tasty, not too sweet, and filled  with good-for-us (oh yes, I eat my share) ingredients.

 

Do you cook with pumpkin outside of the fall/winter holiday season? You totally can! Pumpkin offers lots of superfood benefits year-round:

-Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and a great source of Vitamin A.

-Pumpkin can reduce the fat in some of your favorite recipes, sweet or savory.

-Pumpkin can also be stirred into jarred or prepared sauces to reduce sodium per serving.

-Pumpkin can be used as a substitute in your favorite recipes to reduce calories, or as an add-in to boost fiber and vitamin A.

-Leftover pumpkin can be portioned and stored in the freezer so it ready whenever you want it.

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What are your favorite uses for pumpkin outside of the season, or do you just eat pumpkin pie year round? (No shame in that!)

 

 

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Comments

  1. This looks delicious! Thanks!

  2. We are going on our first camping trip of the year in a week and a half, and I have 1 can of pumpkin that has been BEGGING to be used since this past fall. I know what I will be making for a snack to bring with us camping! These would be great while we are out on hikes for a quick pickmeup.

    • Perfect! Keep them in your cooler if it’s going to be warm. The coconut oil makes them pretty soft in warmer temps.

  3. Yes, i do ! I freeze pumpkin puree in ice cube trays and pull out what I need. I add it to pancakes, muffins, smoothies, soups, etc. The kids never know!

  4. This has to be the most delicious sponsored post I’ve ever seen! I think I’ll make it soon! :)

    • Hahaha! I was sure hoping people would look past the “sponsored” and move on to the recipe, because it really is good stuff! :) (Happy birthday to you yesterday!)

  5. These look delicious! I eat pumpkin year round, so I will be making these soon!

    • The campaign was all about getting people to eat more pumpkin at this time of year, and I’m all “people don’t eat pumpkin all year?!” ha!

  6. I just finished making pumpkin muffins today! These look yummy. I can only hope my little one likes these as there is only one store that carries his favorite peanut butter granola bars.

  7. Yeah, yeah, I will make the bars and try them tomorrow, BUT what is really fantastic is that Willy the Wildcat t-shirt. You go Miss 1!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I love canned pumpkin! I use it year-round to make my favorite healthy pumpkin muffins. Lately I’ve also started making baked dog treats using pumpkin. Our dog loves pumpkin, and my homemade treats are cheaper and free of the additives that the store brands so often have.

    These bars sound delicious. I’ll definitely bookmark the recipe!

  9. Wow, these look great! I’m pregnant right now and seem to ALWAYS be hungry! These look like a great healthy snack for those in-between times. I love eating pumpkin all year round. I have to stock up during the holidays, though, because finding a can of pumpkin in July is nearly impossible. :)

    • Yes. They are great for pregnancy snacking! (Keep them in mind for nursing snacking, too. I’m MORE hungry when nursing than when pregnant. Craziness.)

  10. My son just requested pumpkin pie the other day, so I made (2) yesterday for the family. Have to ask….excuse me for getting personal…..do you find the uncooked oats make your kiddos or people bloated/gassy or have tummy aches? I would LOVE to make the granola and these bars, but we always run into that problem with uncooked oats.

    • I don’t think any more than normal. Ha! I do have a friend, though, who was treated specifically for that “oat bloat” food intolerance, so I know it happens.

  11. Kathryne says:

    Just made them yesterday and we all loved them!! They are such a filling snack and really tied us over. Thank you for another great recipe!!

  12. How pumpkin-y are these? Does the peanut butter sort of overpower the pumpkin? Because there are certain people in my household who are not big fans of the pumpkin….but they look so good I kind of want to try them anyway. I just don’t want to eat the whole pan myself!

    • I can definitely taste the pumpkin, Karen. For your “certain people” ;) I would suggest maybe changing the amounts of peanut butter and pumpkin. Maybe 3/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup pumpkin. That shouldn’t be pumpkin-y. :)

  13. I made these and they were great BUT I think next time I will add more pumpkin and less PB. We really enjoyed them but the consensus was nobody could taste the PB. I think the chocolate masked the pumpkin as well. The recipe seems really forgiving though, so Im going to cater it to our preferences.

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