Homemade Larabars are my favorite healthy, high-protein snack. The Larabar folks came out with a seasonal pumpkin version, and I thought it would be fun to create it at home.
These Pumpkin Pie Larabars are so, so good, and they’re completely nutritious. They do take a bit more time than my other Larabar recipes because you need to dry the pumpkin pieces, but it’s worth the extra time. The distinct pumpkin flavor is sweetened by the dates, and the spices make it taste like pumpkin pie filling. If you want to take a shortcut, you could probably find dried pumpkin on the shelves at some stores this time of year.
Pumpkin Pie Larabars
$.74 per serving
- 1 cup dried pumpkin pieces (from half of a 2 pound sugar pumpkin)
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Cut a 2 pound sugar pumpkin in half. Remove the seeds and membrane from the center and set one half of the pumpkin aside for another use (e.g. make pumpkin puree). Using the remaining half, peel the orange skin off with a vegetable peeler.
Thinly slice the pumpkin by hand or in a food processor. Place the slices on a greased baking sheet and cook for 45 to 60 minutes. Thinner pieces will be done at 45 minutes, and thicker ones will take a bit longer. They should be chewy and not brittle. If you leave too much moisture in them, the final product will be too sticky.
Once the pumpkin has cooled, add all the ingredients to a food processor fitted with the blade that sits at the bottom.
Process the mixture until a uniform paste forms.
Press the mixture into a large loaf pan and cover. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Cut into eight pieces and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Pumpkin Pie Larabars Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $5.92, or $.74 each. These Pumpkin Pie Larabars are a healthy, energy-boosting snack that tastes like dessert. They’re the perfect treat to get you from one meal to the next.
If you’re interested in making other homemade raw energy bars, I have lots of recipes for other flavors. Experiment with your favorite flavors – the sky’s the limit here!