No Bake Pumpkin Seed Bars

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It feels like FOREVER since I’ve posted a recipe- Actually, since my Mum’s Biscotti recipe– my weekly #strangebutgood offerings have been M.I.A…but not to worry- Fingers crossed as of next weekend, I’ll be back to experimenting in the kitchen- Including a new savoury pancake recipe which I was testing before the big move.


After Davs announced her Valentine’s Day Link up There was no way I could NOT partake in this- Any way I could support one of my stalkers best blends- I was up for it. I initially thought I could use the ‘but I’m living in a hotel at the moment’ excuse but then realised…I have some no bake action up my sleeve!


Knowing that she’s pretty much the Queen of….

knowing that she’s pretty much the Queen of…..

Knowing that she likes sweet things, salty things and food in any form- No bake Sweet and Salty pumpkin seed bites seemed perfect to fit the Maven bill.

These bites are full of healthy fats from the coconut oil and pumpkin seeds and a crumbly texture thanks to the rolled and steel cut oats hybrid. Sweetness comes in the form of brown rice syrup and chunks of chopped dried apricots. Not a fan of apricots? Sub it for another dried fruit. Pumpkin seeds don’t make you go gaga? Swap it out for linseeds, sesame seeds or another pepitas. The KEY is to make sure whatever you sub it with, ensure it is salted. The crowning glory of these bites is the sweet and salty combination.

Seeing as this has a Valentine’s day theme underlying it- Wrap them up, hide them on the couch and faceplant them…..yourself.

Okay, well that’s what a singleton like myself will be doing.

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seed Bites


No Bake Pumpkin Seed Bars

Ready in under 10 minutes, these gluten free bars are delicious- and sweet AND salty!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • • 1 cup rolled oats 80 grams
  • • 1/3 cup steel cut oats 40 grams
  • • 1 cup dried apricots chopped finely
  • • 1 1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds
  • • 1 T cinnamon
  • • 2/3 cup brown rice syrup can sub for malt syrup, honey or molasses- NOT maple syrup
  • • 2 T coconut oil
  • • Sea salt


  • Grease a large baking pan and lay down parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, steel cut oats, dried apricots, salted roasted pumpkin seeds and cinnamon.
  • In a saucepan, on low heat combine the brown rice syrup (or alternative) and coconut oil until fully incorporated and just beginning to bubble. Allow liquid to cool very slightly.
  • Add the wet mixture into the mixing bowl of dry ingredients and mix very well.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking pan and spread very evenly. Sprinkle the top with sea salt and refrigerate immediately. Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours (preferably 4-5 hours). Remove from fridge and slice into bite size pieces.


These bites can be stored in an airtight container for up to 7 days or even sliced into bars for a more substantial snack and frozen for up to 4 months!
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69 thoughts on “No Bake Pumpkin Seed Bars

  1. Are you stalking Davida or is she stalking you? Who’s stalking who?

    These healthy bites sound fab – I would have to (heavily) drizzle them with some chocolate and peanut butter and voila – all my favs in one bite! Nah – I dont celebrate Valentine’s day – I think it’s kinda an overated Hallmark holiday…I mean there are another 364 days of the year…
    This weekend – nothing crazy – my family is still trying to come to terms with my dad’s situation….time heals all right … 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Arman!

  2. So you and I are clearly on the same wavelength with the whole sweet and salty thing — can we say pretzels, AB, and chocolate? Yesssss we can. And I’m still super intrigued about using steel cut oats in bars… I imagine they add a nice little crunch, and I’m all about interesting textures.

    This Valentine’s? Nada plans for me… A Skype date if I’m lucky, and a night on the cough with a good book, a bottle of wine, and some chocolate if I’m not. Actually, that second one sounds pretty good…

  3. I thought you were gonna be wayyyyy harsher on me! Thank you joining!!! Being serious Davs right now, I SO SO SO appreciate it. Like I legit didn’t sleep last night thinking no one would link-up and the fact that you made these delicious bites (persian balls) from a hotel room is damn impressive.

    That meat grinder is coming in handy I see…

    C might be my roommate but you and spoons are my Valentines!

  4. I actually really like the combination of sweet and salty. This looks really good, thank you for sharing.

    For Valetines Day, I’m just traveling home to my parents. I’m running a road race this weekend for a road race.

  5. Looks like we were on the same page. A bake-off clearly means no bakes 😉 They are the best though and these are no exception! Hotel room shmotel room, these look delish. As much as I want to say Valentine’s Day is the more Hallmark-y of holidays, it’s clearly Sweethearts Day. Wtf is that anyway?

  6. sweet and salty is definitely a fantastic way to go – chocolate covered pretzels have to be my favourite. Eric and I are actually going to his mom’s for Valentine’s Day…not super-romantic, but makes me happy nonetheless. We’ll do our Valentine’s Day stuff on Saturday.

  7. I missed you!!! What a thing to come back with – sweet and salty is my favorite dessert combo.

    For V-Day, I going to my mom’s to cook dinner with her and 2 friends. Because I’m cool like that. 😉

  8. These look awesome! I love the sweet/salty combo. There are some sea-salt, dark chocolate covered almonds that I love and obviously chocolate-covered pretzels win.
    I LOVE Valentine’s Day. No plans for today cause I’m working really long hours into the evening, but tomorrow I have a dinner date with Riley!

  9. These look delish Arman! Love that they’re no bake, love that they have apricots (my favorite dry fruit) and love the roasted pumpkin seeds. Yum! Sweet and salty is such an amazing combination. My favorites are chocolate covered pretzels. Mmmm…I’m getting a craving now! 😉

  10. Yum! Pumpkin seeds equal love. No bake is always fun, seeing as I had a major bake fail when I was crafting my recipe for the link up. Sweet and salty would describe my love personality, actually. Which is funny. I can be really nice but I have a bit of a bite to me. Lol. I should market that. Angela: the sweet n salty lover. Okay anyway, happy vday friend!

  11. Love the sweet and salty! I’m still getting my s&s fix from kabocha & miso. Val day is nearly over but I still have a ‘romantic’ dinner to cook involving trout and chicken hearts #leastromanticmealever Happy V Day!

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