Recipe: Pumpkin & Oat Vanilla Protein Bars

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Here is a recipe to get your ready for the fall season and all the delicious desserts that come with it. I have to admit I am not a fan of pumpkin flavored things however when I attempted to make a protein recipe using this flavor I was shockingly surprised how much I loved how these turned out. These would be perfect around the fall and Halloween season since everyone seems to love pumpkin flavored treats, but these are made with great, healthy ingredients and are high protein as well – for those of of you who want more ways to use whey protein this is a great one to try in your kitchen.

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Ingredients you will need to buy and can pick up at your local grocery store, farmer’s market or Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s

  1. 1 can of pumpkin puree
  2. 6 heaping tbsp of coconut flour
  3. tbsp of sea salt
  4. 3 drops of liquid stevia
  5. 2 scoops of French Vanilla BodyTech protein powder ( link)
  6. 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  7. 3 whole eggs
  8. 2 tbsp of vanilla crme sweet drops flavoring ( link)
  9. 1 tbsp of low sodium baking powder
  10. 1 cup of oats
  11. 2 dashes of nutmeg
  12. 2 dashes of cinnamon
  13. 3 heaping tbsp of Just Great Stuff powdered peanut butter ( link)
  14. 2 tbsp of cocoa nibs (optional) ( link)
  15. cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

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How to make:

  • Preheat oven to 385 degrees
  • Spray a baking pan with olive oil spray
  • Bake for 35 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool
  • Cut into even squares
  • If you choose to add walnuts you can chop them or do like I did and just grind them up with a Nutribullet
  • You can also use any whey protein in the flavor vanilla that you prefer, however I can’t confirm that it will bake the same as my bars did

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When making this recipe the first time I used a deeper baking pan, but the second time (pictured in this post) I used a flat very thin cookie sheet which was much better. You don’t want the bars to be super thick or they can be really heavy and dense. Using the cookie sheet also made the bars cook really well and be removed without falling apart.

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This recipe is one I plan to make over and over and is great when you need to bring something with you to a holiday party or to work/school that isn’t loaded with fats and sugars. Unlike some protein recipes this does not come out dry at all and it does not have an overpowering pumpkin taste at all.

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Nutrition Facts
Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 7 mg 2 %
Sodium 389 mg 16 %
Potassium 146 mg 4 %
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 14 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 82 %
Vitamin C 21 %
Calcium 9 %
Iron 6 %
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