Happy Pumpkin Tuesday, you love nugget!
No worries. Just because Halloween has come and gone does NOT mean Pumpkinpalooza 2017 has come to an end.
In fact, we’re gonna keep gettin our pumpkin on for the rest of November. Thanksgiving, after all, is a pumpkinrrific holiday, too.
So today we’re kicking off the week with a recipe that is going to put more moolah in your wallets while keeping your body fueled and taste buds giddy.
Yes, my friends, I have taken on the challenge of recreating one of my favorite fall snacks- the Pumpkin RX bar- for a fraction of the price while maintaining all of the pumpkin spice goodness you love about the store bought version.
Just like my homemade Mango RX bars I shared with y’all a few weeks ago, these require only a few wholesome ingredients and about 2 minutes of food processor action.
No sugar. No preservatives. No soy. No dairy. No gluten.
Just lean, mean, pumpkin fun.
Perfect for anyone who leads a Paleo OR vegan OR Whole 30 OR budgeted OR pumpkin-obsessed lifestyle!
Which, I imagine, is most of y'all...so let's get to it!
I am a bar girl.
No, I’m not talking about the location where adult beverages can be purchased.
I’m talkin’ about the bars you eat: granola bars, snack bars, protein bars, energy bars, nutrition bars, and so on and so forth.
Back in the early 2000s as I navigated the world of teenagerdom, I can remember downing Pria bars before dance class and tennis practice, probably along with a few swigs of Berry Propel.
While it has taken me over a decade to learn about how bars often are nutritional nightmares (loaded with sugar, soy, crappy whey protein, artificial sugars, artificial flavors and colors), I have come a long way since my Pria bar days.
Nowadays, I try to not eat a lot of bars in favor of whole food sources of nutrition.
However, as a mom who is frequently traveling by car and plane with an infant, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do sometimes.
And if that means shoving an RX bar into my mouth midflight while my 7 month old peacefully snoozes, so be it.
It’s no secret that I love these bars. In fact, for my Blogiversary, I gave a sample pack of them away to one of my dear readers as a small token of appreciation.
These things are part of my love language, y’all.
Some people give flowers or jewelry. I give RX bars.
And now that I know how simple they are to make, I give homemade ones!
And these pumpkin ones, though they took a little more finagling to get the texture just right, are GOOD!!!!
They’re just the right balance of sweetness, savoryness, and spicyness, without one flavor overpowering the others.
And come on- how easy is this?!?!
1. Cashew and almonds into the food processor. Pulse and pour out.
2. Dump in dates, prunes, coconut and pumpkin. Pulse until pasty.
3. Toss in spices, gelatin protein powder (or egg white like the OG or whatever you like). Mixy mix.
4. Add back in the nutty bits, mixy mix.
5. Press into a loaf pan and chill until ready for nomnoming.
Dried fruit. Nuts. Spices. Gelatin powder.
Easy peasy paleo AND whole 30 AND vegan if you use a plant-based powder.
Would these make fantastic gifts those healthy foodies in your life this Christmas season? Absolutely! Who doesn’t love a homemade, edible gift?!?!
And, since they’re bars, you could easily stash a few away for yourself before giving the rest away…
And if this recipe floats your boat, you might be interested in these gems, too:
Let's Chat: What are your favorite nutrition/protein/energy bars? Are you an RX bar fan?
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!