Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Snack Squares

I'm pretty sure my son thinks dates are candy and I intend on reinforcing that thought. In order to refine his "candy" pallet (and honestly to get him to eat some fat and protein with the little carb jewels) I decided to make a seasonal treat. If you are familiar with Larabar's, this recipe mimics those. You have to store these in the freezer because of the pumpkin, but they can travel in a lunchbox for the day. I don't normally worry about macros in my food but since this is a treat for my son I was curious. If you make 30 snack squares (perfect size for a toddler) then they have 5 grams each of carbs and fat, 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and about 3-4 grams of sugar; not to mention the vitamins and minerals from the real food ingredients Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Snack Squares

Gluten Free, Vegan*
Makes 30 squares or about 12 bars

1 cup brazil nuts, raw
1/2 cup pecans, raw
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted and salted
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 rolled coconut dates or 3-4 medjool dates pitted, chopped
1 tbl honey or *maple syrup for vegan

Spice Mix
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
optional (use 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of the spice mix)

  1. Add all of the nuts/seeds and spice mix to a food processor (mine is a 2 cup and it was just big enough). Grind into a course powder.
  2. Add the raisins, chopped dates, pumpkin puree, and honey or maple syrup to the nuts and process until combined. It may take a few minutes and I had to scrape the sides down with a spatula but it will get there.
  3. Once you are happy with the mix, scoop it into a parchment lined pan ( 8x6 inches or whatever you have that is close) and press down. The mixture is pretty sticky so I find it is easier to press down if you wet your hand or use a piece of parchment paper to press it. Alternatively you can roll them into little balls.
  4. Let it set in the freezer for a few hours before slicing. 
  5. After slicing store in the freezer. You can serve these directly from the freezer.

Notes and Substitutions

  • You can change the nuts and seeds to suit what you like and have; just try and use about 2 cups total. I think walnuts instead of pecans, almonds instead of brazil nuts, and salted and toasted pistachios instead of the pumpkin seeds would all be great. It's okay if all your nuts/seeds aren't raw or aren't salted and toasted. If none of your nuts/seeds are salted then add a pinch of salt to the mix. Let me know in the comments section if you try different combinations. 

Grind nuts/seeds and spices into a course powder

Add remaining ingredients and blend until combined

Press into a parchment lined pan, freeze, and slice.

What is your favorite natural "candy"?

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