Protein Pumpkin Bars

Protein Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Time!!  Day 2!  I decided to add to this pumpkin loving week and not only share a new healthy recipe but also some pumpkin facts that you can impress your friends with..Note: these friends I mention must be easily impressed. lol

Pumpkins go together will fall like peanut butter goes with jelly.  Pumpkins are such a versitle fruit.  The flowers, plant and seeds are all edible and loaded with vitamins.

Pumpkins are made to make pie, soups, desserts, breads and drinks.  Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns is so popular for Halloween and it originated hundreds of years ago in Ireland.  Back then, jack-o’-lanterns were actually carved from turnips and potatoes.  It wasn’t until Irish imigrants arrived in America and discovered the pumpkin that a new Halloween tradition was born.  But, did you know that pumpkins did not originate in America like most squash?  The earliest seeds date back between 7000 and 5500 BC and was found in Mexico!

Now for the tasty treat! These bars are so light, fluffy and delicious!  It’s great for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or have it for desssert with a glass of milk…or any time of day!

These protein pumpkin bars are very easy to put together and you can make a double batch and bake it in a 9×13 baking dish and cut it into 24 squares and freeze them because these babies won’t last long once you taste them so keep an extra stash on hand.  The best part besides the taste- is the nutrition.  Take these to your fall parites to ensure you have a healthy treat to reach for but keep an eye out, they will be the first treats to disappear!

I chose to top mine with a little bit of mini chocolate chips.  They are delicious with chopped pecans or walnuts too or just leave them plain.  No matter how to top it, these squares pack big flavor!

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

1 C old fashioned oats

1C 1stPhorm Level-1 Vanilla Ice Cream protein (available here)

1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1C canned pumpkin

1/4C honey

1/2C unsweetened almond milk

Optional: mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*

Spray a 8″x8″ square baker with nonstick spray

In a medium bowl, combine oats, protein, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin, honey & milk.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool 4-5 mins then turn out onto cooling rack and allow to cool 15 min before cutting.  Cut into 12 squares.

 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 square
Calories 95
Fat 1.5g
Carbohydrate 13g
Sugar 7g
Protein 8g

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2 thoughts on “Protein Pumpkin Bars

  1. Made these yesterday and they were amazing ! I used the Level 1 Ice Cream Sandwich protein because it’s my husbands favorite and I added a few dark chocolate chips 😊 Going to make the cereal bars today

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