If you like Rise® Breakfast Bars, I think you’ll love these Pumpkin Seed Power Bars. Plus a $3.00 gadget that gives you perfectly square power bars.
Pumpkin Seed Power Bars
If you live with a food intolerance or food allergy, it’s always a happy day when you spy a new goody at the grocery store that’s safe for consumption! That was the case with these breakfast bars. We’ve been buying them by the carton and eating our way through them pretty fast so I thought it was time to see if I could make them at home and trim a few dollars off of our grocery bill.
Compared to the Crunchy Perfect Pumpkin Breakfast Bar from Rise®, these Pumpkin Seed Power Bars are:
- Is a little less sweet.
- Replaces the amaranth with chia seed so that I could reduce the sweetener required to make the ingredients stick together (a job that sugar does so well).
- Does include nuts, but you can easily make it a nut-free bar by using more pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts (I was running low on pumpkin seeds so had to throw in the nuts).
I’ve only made these in the dehydrator. Some of you have tried them in the oven at a low temperature for a couple of hours and they did not hold together. So dehydrator is the way to go.
Oh and the trick to the perfectly rectangular bars? An inexpensive musubi sushi rice press. Find one at your Asian grocery store or here on Amazon for under $3.00.