Puma Bars

What’s a Puma Bar? Puma Bars are high energy treats made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, wheat germ, pecans and peanut butter chips. I first came across this recipe when I was learning about dehydrating foods. I checked out this book, Backpack Gourmet by LInda Frederick Yaffe, from my local library to search out recipes using dehydrated food and to discover methods for dehydrating food. It was an interesting book, even though I’ve never backpacked in my entire life!

I’ve shared two other recipes from Backpack Gourmet in a past post called “High Energy Treats – Addictive and Delicious.”  Click here if you would like to see the recipes for Sesame Oatmeal Cookies and Indian Heaven Treats. The recipes in this book are suitable for backpacking trips or for camping adventures as well as being delicious at home!

Puma is another name for cougar, a very large slender cat whose habitat includes places from an arid desert to a cold coniferous forest. Perhaps that means that these Puma Bars are great no matter where you eat them! (You may have heard of the NC version of pumas – the Carolina Panthers!)

The Recipe

Puma Bars
Yields 12
A delicious bar cookie made with whole wheat flour, wheat germ, pecans, brown sugar and peanut butter morsels
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Cook Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  2. 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  3. 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  9. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  10. 1 cup peanut butter morsels
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8" x 11 1/2" x 2" baking pan.
  2. Heat oil and nuts in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes or until light brown.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and beat well.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until just set.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
  1. Variations: Butterscotch or chocolate chips may be used in place of peanut butter morsels. Nuts other than pecans may be used, your choice.
Adapted from Backpack Gourmet by Linda Frederick Yaffe
Adapted from Backpack Gourmet by Linda Frederick Yaffe
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The Methodology

The preparation for Puma Bars is done in one large saucepan. No mixing bowl or mixer needed! First, chopped pecans and grapeseed oil are combined in the large saucepan and heated over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat to cool.

Add the brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, whole wheat flour, white flour, wheat germ, baking powder and peanut butter chips to the saucepan and stir until well-combined.

Pour batter into a greased 8″ x 11 1/2″ x 2″ pan.

Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until just set. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

I find the combination of the flavor of peanut butter and wheat germ really enhance a cookie. I posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Wheat Germ Crisps last June. If you’d like to see that recipe, Click here.  Peanut Butter Wheat Germ Crisps have a different texture from most peanut butter cookies that are soft. 

I made several adaptations in the original recipe and I would encourage you to vary the ingredients to suit your particular preferences. The original recipe called for butterscotch morsels but I thought peanut butter morsels sounded better, perhaps due to the fact that I liked the Peanut Butter Wheat Germ Crisps with that flavor combination.  Other chips could be used – chocolate, white chocolate or whatever you would like. I want to try the recipe next time with coconut oil in place of the original recipe’s canola oil. I find that coconut oil gives a nice flavor to just about any food to which it is added. So have fun with this recipe!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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Fast, Easy and Delicious Puma Bars — 32 Comments

  1. Sounds healthy AND tasty!! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up~

  2. Hi Angela, Puma Bars are yummy! I especially liked the peanut butter morsels in them but I’m sure they’d be just as good with chocolate or butterscotch morsels. Thanks for stopping by and pinning the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  3. These Puma bars sound delicious! I’m visiting from #SocialButterflySundays.

  4. Hi Alison, The Puma Bars are tasty, especially with the peanut butter morsels! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  5. Hi Ilka, It wasn’t really named after a brand of running shoes ? but a rather large cat! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  6. Oh, yum! This sounds delicious and healthy! That’s a win-win! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  7. Hi Kelly, Thanks for your comments and for hosting Social Butterfly Sunday! I’ll be back next week! Blessings, Janet

  8. I’ve never heard of this recipe before but it looks good! I like the look of that crisp top and chewy center!

  9. The peanut morsels add a great deal of flavor, too! Hope you enjoy the Puma Bars! Thanks for stopping by. Blessings, Janet

  10. Your Puma Bars look delicious and I am sure they are quite tasty.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  11. I have never of these bars before, but I find the use of wheat germ so interesting. These must be so good. Hmm, yum! ? Thanks for sharing at this week’s FF. It is lovely to see you here. Enjoy the party. x

  12. I love treats like this. I’ve never heard of Puma Bars. Thanks for sharing.

  13. These sound so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  14. Hi Apsara, Puma bars are so good they disappear in the blink of an eye! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi Carol, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Hope you get a chance to sample Puma Bars for yourself soon! Blessings, Janet

  16. Hi Jhuls, I’ve found that wheat germ is good in many baked goods, especially breads and cookies. Hope you’ll give these a try! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  17. Hi Lisa, Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the recipe for Puma Bars! Thanks so much for hosting Share the Wealth Sunday. Blessings, Janet

  18. Hey, just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks so much for linking up over at Sunday?s Simple Homemaker on Prairie Gal Cookin! Please feel free to drop in and leave a different link or two on this week?s link-up, we?d love to have you! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-3rd-weekly-link-up/

  19. lol, I have this book! We’re avid campers in my house! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday!


  20. Hi Mollie, Isn’t it an incredible book? I don’t know about freeze-drying spaghetti though!:-) Hope you’ve got some fun camping trips planned for this year. Blessings, Janet

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