Wholefood Simply Snack Bars

snack bars

My kids are on floor in front of me doing jigsaw puzzles, or rather, my baby boy is climbing all over his sister while she does jigsaw puzzles. It is school holidays. There is no place we need to be.

I am staying home with my kids, the sun is shining, and I am sitting hear thinking to myself that this is who I am, this is what all the years have lead too; I have found my place, my purpose. This is where I belong.

The moment is perfect. I’m storing it away.

It has also been a morning filled with sick kids, dirty sheets, and clingy babies. All of that is ordinary, I am happy to let that part go.

My almost two year old has been on my hip for three hours, I realised if breakfast was going to happen it was going to be one handed. I grabbed a bar. Now here I am, food consumed, belly fully, baby playing happily on the floor. The day is looking bright.

Wholefood Simply Snack Bars

1/2 cup almond butter*

1 cup (250 grams) cooled roast pumpkin or pumpkin puree

3 cups desiccated coconut (finely shredded dried coconut)

1 (150 grams) ripe banana

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

*you can use half hulled tahini and half honey in place of the nut butter.

Preheat your oven to 175 Degrees Celcius or 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm square cake tin with baking paper hanging over the sides for easy removal.

Place all ingredients into your blender or food processor in the order listed, blend to combine.

Press the mixture into the tin and cook for 30 minutes or until golden on top and an inserted skewer comes out cleanly.

Remove from the oven, leave in the tin for five minutes then carefully move the slice onto a cooling rack. Once it has cooled chop into bars. Enjoy!


  • Jodes

    These look delicious! Do they need to be stored in the fridge?

    • bianca

      I keep mine in the fridge but I guess it would depend on how soon you were eating them. WE pack them when we are travelling for the day. I hope that helps, Bianca

  • Why do you always tempt and distract me with these recipes? Now I am going to have to add this to recipes to try tomorrow 😉 also, love your words in this post. So often we are focusing on the past or the future that we forget to focus on how truely amazing our life is right now, in this very moment. I think you put it beautifully 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Louisa! Your message is lovely and I really appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the snack bars. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Rachael

    Hi Bianca, I don’t own kitchen scales, would you know the quantity in cups/tablespoons etc for the 75 grams of almond butter, oats and pumpkin? Thank you.

    • great minds think alike! I’m wanting to know the same thing.

    • bianca

      Hi Rachael, this might not be 100% accurate but I think it would be around 4 tablespoons of almond butter and pumpkin and 3/4 cup of rolled oats. I hope this helps. Many thanks, Bianca

      • Tessa

        Hi there thanks for all your gorgeous recipes, will be trying this one tomorrow. I noticed you mentioned rolled oats above but I don’t see it in the list of ingredients?

        • bianca

          Hi Tessa, I must fix that, have you seen the Snack Bars – The Oaty Version? That is where this comment refers too. Thanks, Bianca

  • Emily

    Hi Bianca, I’m really excited about trying these. I’m hoping to make the almond butter myself. Would you know approximately how much raw almonds I would need to yield 75g of almond butter? I don’t mind making a little extra but don’t want to end up with double! Thanks, Emily

    • bianca

      Hi Emily, I am not sure, I would only be guessing, perhaps try 1 cup?? I hope that helps, Bianca

      • Emily

        Hi Bianca,

        Really enjoyed this snack 🙂 I liked that they weren’t overly sweet and found them very moreish!

        Btw, 1 cup of almonds made approx 120g 🙂


        • bianca

          Thank you so much Emily!! I am sure your conversion will help many, including myself. I am really pleased that you liked them, it is lovely of you to take the time to write. Many thanks, Bianca

  • I made these today. They are fantastic! I must confess I added some chocolate chips and I kids are asking for more. Thank you for all your great recipes!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Janice, I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I am glad you enjoyed the snack bars. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Laura

    Fabulous! Hadn’t done the shopping. Had roast pumpkin that was about to go to waste, one sorry looking banana and a handful of almonds. Somehow this turned into my new fav recipe of yours! Love it! Glad I doubled the recipe though – even that didn’t make quite enough for my liking!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Laura!!! I am rapt that you liked it!! It is lovely of you to take the time to write, I really appreciate it! Enjoy, Bianca

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  • Sarah

    I’m loving your recipes, I’ve started getting a few of the ingredients in my weekly shopping, for now could I use nuttelex butter instead of the tahini?

    • bianca

      Hmmm, I would perhaps be inclined to wait until I had tahini or nut butter. Sorry if that isn’t much help! Many thanks, Bianca

  • Melissa

    Have you made this with roasted purple sweet potato by any chance?
    I made the raisin bread for my sons lunch. Half of it was eaten while it was cooling on the rack! Massive hit in our house. Mine didn’t rise like yours??
    Thank you for all of these wonderful recipes.

    • bianca

      Thank you Melissa, I am glad you liked the raisin bread. I would love to hear how you go with the using sweet potato in the snack bars, I think it sounds delicious!!! Enjoy, Bianca

  • Sheridan

    I just made these today as I was making pumpkin soup for lunch (roasted a butternut last night, so scooped some out and put some aside). I found a half eaten banana on the bench as there are none left in the house (I think it had been sitting there for a day or so!) some tahini in the fridge, and some coconut flakes which I processed with my Bamix, so was set! I have just cut them and had a little taste… they are surprisingly tasty! I find tahini to have an overpowering flavour at times, but this doesn’t taste as “nutty” as it did when baking. In fact, it has a pleasant banana flavour considering there is so little banana in the mix. Thank you! 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Sheridan, I am glad you like them! Enjoy, Bianca

  • Caitlin Hocking

    Hi there,
    Could I use extra pumpkin in replace of banana? Im pregnant and the smell of banana makes me want to puke!

    • bianca

      You sure can Caitlin, it will not be as sweet but it will still be lovely. Have you seen the chookies cookies recipe? You might like that? Many thanks, Bianca

  • Karin

    Hi, these look great, can you suggest a replacement for the banana? Or can it do without? Thank you.

    • Karin

      Oops, just saw another post answering my question, will definitely be trying this one, thank you

    • bianca

      I would suggest trying the chookies cookies, either the oat or the coconut version, they are banana free. I hope that helps. Bianca

  • bronhuggard

    Hi there! Yummy looking recipes – on my agenda 4 the weekend. Hv printed some out but l am wondering if there is a way of printing the out without all the comments as well?

    • bianca

      Not that I am aware of sorry. I hope you enjoy the recipes.

    • Erin

      you could copy and paste the sections u want to print and place them in a word document on your computer then print ?

      • bianca

        Very clever Erin, thank you. x

    • Jacqui

      Just copy and paste the recipe into a word document!!

      • bianca

        Thanks Jacqui. x

  • Erin

    hi 🙂
    im wondering if ita just that im really sleepy and I may be missing something ??
    in the ingredient list u don’t mention oats ? …but I see oats mentioned in the comments ?

    thankyou Erin 😀

    (love your blog ….about to make “white ones” thisafternoon)

    • bianca

      Hi Erin, there is an oat version and a coconut version. I must put a link to the oat one on this post. Thank you. Bianca. x

  • michelle

    i’m not sure if i’m going crazy but i just made these snack bars yesterday and since they got devoured so quickly i thought i would make the again today but the recipe seems to be different. is it just doubled now? i’m sure it will still be amazing, i’m just confused!

    • bianca

      Hi Michelle, Sorry!! I was playing around with it last night. Some people didn’t find the way it was written very user friendly. The original version is here https://wholefoodsimply.com/snack-bars-the-oaty-ones/ but I would love you to try this version and let me know which you prefer????? Thanks for writing, sorry to mess you around! Bianca

  • Rebecca Allison

    Hi! I was wondering if you can tell me how you roast your pumpkin and which type of pumpkin is best? 🙂 I am a shocking cook and I get a bit deflated and lose enthusiasm when things don’t work out and I really want my wholefoods journey to work out!

    • bianca

      Hi Rebecca, I typically buy kent pumpkin and I just chop it into large pieces and roast it in my oven which I set to around 200 degrees Celsius. These are not an especially sweet bar, if you are new to wholefoods and to cooking perhaps try the jersey caramels? They are a quick, easy and delicious treat to start with. I hope this helps, Bianca

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  • Jess

    I just made these as I had some bananas to use and some roasted sweet potato. Very lovely. The kids are demolishing them right now. 😀

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Jess! I really appreciate you writing! I am glad they have been a hit. Many thanks, Bianca

  • magicbelly

    Hi Bianca
    I want to make one of your slices or cookies but can’t decide which one to start with as they all sound great. Which one is the all time favourite and most popular with kids and adults alike between the Snack Bars or Chockie Cookies / Oaty ones etc
    Many thanks for sharing!

    • bianca

      The oaty version of chookies cookies are very popular. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Mel

    Hi, do you have an alternative to use in place of coconut? I have a fructose malabsorption and cannot eat it. Also, would pitted sayer dates work in place of medjool dates as I can’t find them at my supermarket (for your school snack recipe)?

  • Chels

    We did a mix of pumpkin and sweet potato and it worked a treat. We will be making this one again!

    • bianca

      Thank you. I am glad you liked them.

  • Cam

    How many calories is in one of these bars?

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  • Erin

    Maybe I did something wrong. I found these bars very bland. I could barely taste the almond butter or banana.

    • These bars are more bland than most of our recipes. They are a less sweet snack bar and designed for those who are on quite restricted diets or who just want something that isn’t sweet. Perhaps try the chookies cookies or the breakfast bars. I hope you find some other recipes that you enjoy. x

      • Sarah

        I thought these were lovely! Not everything needs to be a flavour explosion for us. The banana and pumpkin made them just sweet enough. Well done yet again Bianca!

  • Hannah

    How many bars does this recipe make?

  • Sarah

    Bianca thanks for another lovely recipe! Any idea how long these will last tin the fridge or freezer?

    • I think they would last around three days in the fridge and 2 months in the freezer. x

      • Sarah

        Great! Thank you!

  • Jennifer MC

    Made these last night! Added some strawberries and a drizzle of honey for a wonderfully yummy breakfast! Thanks!

  • Anne

    These look great! Any suggestions as to what I could sub for the banana, I’m allergic to them, and avacado (<- usually the first response I get back). 🙁

  • Sharon Rosenrauch

    Your 3 ingredient bread was the first recipe I ever tried from an online website and to this day remains a staple in my household. You inspire me in so many ways Bianca … regardless if I win thank you thank you thank you and don’t stop doing what you’re doing! <3

  • Sue

    Is there a way to print the recipe

    • I don’t have a print function and I am hopeless at all things IT so would need to employ someone to set that up for me. However, I do have the recipes in hard copy books if that helps at all. x

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