Pumpkin Spice Cashew Energy Bars

These pumpkin spice fruit and nut bars are a lightly sweet healthy snack loaded with comforting pumpkin spices and cashews.

Pumpkin Spice Fruit and Nut Bars | Medjool date recipes

Thinking back to ten years ago when Alex and I first started cooking, the food landscape in America was almost unrecognizable. We had never heard of quinoa. No one we knew ate kale. Energy bars (like these fruit and nut bars) hadn’t been invented yet. Heck, there wasn’t even Pinterest or Instagram. In 2010, we decided to start a website to record some of the vegetarian “real food” recipes we were making at home. At the time, not many people we knew were into cooking or real food. But gradually these ideas started to catch on.

Recipes with Medjool dates

Around that time I made my first raw brownies in our tiny galley kitchen, using a recipe adapted from the blog My New Roots. It was an “ah ha” moment for me, realizing how delicious the simple combination of Mejdool dates and nuts could be. (No sugar? No flour? This is incredible!) Medjool dates are these large, caramely types of dates that are used in fruit and nut bars and raw treats. This first use of Medjool dates for us began a long love affair with all things energy bars and bites. They’ve caught on like wildfire; you’ll see recipes all over the internet these days. And of course, a few companies have come along and become household names using the simple equation of blending dates and nuts into a tasty treat.

A few recipes with Medjool dates: Raw Brownies | Cherry Cacao Nib Snack Bars | Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bars | Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes | Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites | Spiced Pumpkin Seed Truffles

When we started A Couple Cooks, never did I think it would still be around in seven years. We started it with the raw passion of spreading the love of real food and the joy of home cooking. Most of my first posts were enthusiastically praising the flavor of foods I’d just discovered: kale, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, quinoa, fruit and nut bars. Never did I dream that in a handful of years, these foods would start to part of the American consciousness. It’s been incredible watching people all over the country come to love the flavors of real food too.

Pumpkin Spice Fruit and Nut Bars | Medjool date recipes

How to make fruit and nut bars

So! Here’s a simple recipe for pumpkin spice fruit and nut bars. They’re made with a few pantry spices to create a pumpkin spice blend, toasted in a dry skillet to bring out the flavor. What are pumpkin spice ingredients? This recipe calls for making your own pumpkin spice, not using a purchased spice blend. The pumpkin spice ingredients we’ve used are cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.

Like many fruit and nut bars, the recipe uses Medjool dates, a large variety with a caramel flavor that’s becoming common in grocery stores. The dates and pumpkin spice blend are simply mixed in a food processor with cashews and almonds, resulting in a sweet, spiced dough. Spread the dough on a sheet pan, freeze for a few minutes to set, and then cut it into bars. The pumpkin spice flavor makes these fruit and nut bars perfect for the changing seasons!

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These pumpkin spice fruit and nut bars are vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Pumpkin Spice Cashew Energy Bars | A Couple Cooks

Pumpkin Spice Fruit and Nut Bars


1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These pumpkin spice fruit and nut bars are a lightly sweet healthy snack loaded with comforting pumpkin spices and cashews.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups Medjool dates* (about 20)
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a small, dry skillet, heat the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg over low heat for about 2 minutes until fragrant, then remove from the heat.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates. In the bowl of a food processor, add the spices, dates, cashews, almonds, vanilla, kosher salt, and 1/2 tablespoon of water. Process until combined and a sticky dough forms, with large chunks of nuts.
  3. Spread the dough into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Then use a glass to roll over the top to a uniform thickness, about 1/2 inch thick. Freeze for 15 minutes until set, then cut into rectangles.

Notes

*Look for Medjool dates, a large variety with a caramelly flavor. Medjool dates are becoming available in most mainstream grocery stores.

Keywords: Fruit and Nut Bars, Pumpkin Spice, Energy Bars, Vegan, Gluten Free, Snack, Healthy Snack

 

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Tori//Gringalicious.com
    October 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Omg, you had me at Pumpkin spice! These look bomb, guys!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Awww thank you! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Reply
    Kristen B
    October 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This looks amazong!! Kind of looks like a larabar, but pumpkin flavored!! So excited to make this!

  • Reply
    Erin
    November 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Just made these! Omg delicious 😊

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Oh so glad you enjoyed these! Thank you for commenting!

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