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Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars

Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars recipe || Forget buying bland, costly granola bars at the grocery store. Making a batch at home is easy, way cheaper, and incredibly delicious! || @thismessisours #nobake #granolabars #energybars

Forget store bought energy bars that cost $5 a box and often taste like crap. These crave worthy pumpkin butter energy bars come together in a flash with no baking required and taste incredible! 

Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars recipe || Forget buying bland, costly granola bars at the grocery store. Making a batch at home is easy, way cheaper, and incredibly delicious! || @thismessisours #nobake #granolabars #energybars

These little bars are a family favorite for fall around here. Todd takes them for his car rides to work, I snack on them while I’m getting everyone out of the door in the mornings, and the kids enjoy them straight from their lunch boxes. While I have used homemade pumpkin butter to make these before more often than not I reach for a jar of Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter for the convenience factor. Any way you dish them up these little bites are sure to be a hit! 

Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars recipe || Forget buying bland, costly granola bars at the grocery store. Making a batch at home is easy, way cheaper, and incredibly delicious! || @thismessisours #nobake #granolabars #energybars

Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars
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Serves: 12 bars
 
Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for easy breakfasts and snacks to take on the go. Just be sure to let them come to room temp before you eat them because they really harden up in the fridge!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup pumpkin butter
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pepitas, and almonds on the sheet and bake about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, pumpkin butter, butter, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Make a light caramel sauce by simmering until the sugar dissolves completely, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the caramel over the nut and oat mixture. Stir in the brown rice cereal and the cranberries until evenly coated.
  3. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extend the paper over the sides of the pan to use as a handle later. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Cover the pan with a second piece of parchment and press down very firmly to compress the bars so that they don't fall apart when you remove them from the pan. Let the mixture stand for about 2 hours until firm.
  4. Discard the top piece of parchment and use the "handles" from the second piece of parchment to gently remove the cereal square from the pan then cut the squares into 12 equal size bars and serve.
 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.