So like every good, normal person, I absolutely love pumpkin, and I love this time of year when delicious pumpkin recipes are shared just about everywhere online. I thought it was about time I shared one of my own new recipes that I absolutely LOVE! I have made these for the last three weeks, and I am planning on making more this weekend.
This recipe was inspired by Amy’s cranberry almond bars. I made these bars for a couple of weeks, but then I really wanted some type of pumpkin recipe since I was wanting to feel like I was enjoying fall even though weather here in Texas certainly hasn’t been feeling like it. Besides, we all know pumpkin is good anytime of the year anyways. J
So I changed a few things on the cranberry almond recipe and added some things, and Wa-La, I ended up with a delicious, protein-filled snack!
- ½ cup almonds
- ¼ cup walnuts (if you prefer other nuts I’m sure others would be great too, these are just the two I have always used for this recipe.)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt plus an extra spoonful (this is an exact measurement right? 😉 )
- 3 tablespoons of pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (check this measurement)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped (I think any other dried fruit would be good too!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grind almonds and walnuts in a food processor or a good blender until coarsely chopped (I use my Ninja blender)
- Mix together the Greek yogurt, pumpkin, honey, cinnamon and a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.
- Add in the Greek yogurt mix to the food processor or blender and blend until a paste-like mixture is made
- Meanwhile, mix the oats and cranberries in a separate bowl.
- Mix in the Greek yogurt mixture with the oats and stir until everything is well combined.
- Line a 5×7 loaf pan with tin foil and coat with cooking spray
- Move mixture to pan and spread out evenly and flatten
- Bake in the oven for 18 minutes (edges should be golden brown
- Allow to cool and then cut into six bars.
Enjoy! Make sure to store these bars in the refrigerator!
I have really tried to start making more things at home so that I buy less processed foods. I have been able to make my own protein bars and granola for about a month now, and I am really enjoying it. Sure, it takes some time, but if you take just that little bit of extra time on one day, then you are set for a whole week and maybe more (depending how fast you go through your snacks!) These bars never last me more than a week though. J I also love knowing exactly what is going into the food I eat. I am aware of what food I am putting into my body, and I know there aren’t any ingredients that I have never heard of or don’t know how to pronounce. Yes, life gets busy and sometimes we can’t make our own snacks, but I think it is definitely worth trying your best to do it when you can!
I hope some of you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do! If you try it I would love to hear what you think of it!
- Do you like to make your own homemade snacks?
- Favorite homemade protein bar or granola recipe?
- What is one thing you want to learn how to make homemade? I want to learn how to make tortillas and salsa! Also cinnamon rolls. J
- Pumpkin lover, yes or no?