Pumpkin Energy Bars


These are perfect for kids school snacks. Freeze them and pull one or two out to pop in their snack container. You'll know you are sending some protein and fiber and not too much sugar. The small amount of chocolate chips just on the top make them feel like they're getting a treat! My kids and their classmates give them 5 stars!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
24 bars


  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 4 eggs, beaten

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • cup water

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • ¾ cup powdered milk

  • ¾ cup ground unsalted almonds

  • ½ cup flax seed meal

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ (18 ounce) package miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large bar-cookie pan.

  2. Stir pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, oil, and water together in a large bowl until smooth.

  3. Stir all-purpose flour, pastry flour, powdered milk, almonds, flax seed meal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger together with a whisk in a separate bowl; stir into the pumpkin mixture until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the batter.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

Cook's Notes:

Once completely cooled, set flat or separate with wax paper in a sealable plastic freezer bag, seal the bag, and freeze. For school snacks, pull out a bar or two and send that energy to school!

Use whatever ground, unsalted seeds and/or nuts you like for the almonds (i.e. sunflower or pumpkin seeds).

You can stir chocolate chips into the batter before baking if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

266 Calories
15g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 266
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 221mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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