Extrusion-cooking technique, known from food processing, may be used in production of environmentally friendly foamed materials based on starch. The objective of the paper was to determine the specific mechanical energy consumption of the extrusion-cooking process of foamed materials made of wheat starch at a varied level of moisture of raw materials mixtures and varied participation of foaming components. Functional additives which support the foaming process were applied: PDE foaming agent and polyvinyl alcohol. Specific mechanical energy consumption (SME) was determined according to the moisture content of raw materials and additives used. Energy consumption of the extrusion-cooking process of foamed materials with addition of the foaming agent PDE was increasing along with the increase of moisture and decreased at higher participation of the additive. In case of mixtures with an addition of polyvinyl alcohol the values of SME were getting higher along with the increase of the additive content and moisture of raw materials mixture. The research proved possibility of obtaining starch foamed packaging materials, which may function as a filler in transport packages, at the high efficiency of the process and low energy consumption.