You may think it’s hard to find a healthy pumpkin protein bars recipe but I have a great one for you today. I don’t know many people who don’t love a good treat!
JAMIE EASON HEALTHY PROTEIN BARS RECIPE
- ½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend —(I am not a fan of Splenda or Xylitol so I replaced with ½ cup Organic Dark Brown Sugar-but regular brown sugar will do!)
- 1 – 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce–(I use baby food applesauce OR those tiny natural individual applesauces! Just make sure its 4 oz)
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
- ½ tsp. ground clove
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 – 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin
- 2 C oat flour—(I find it much cheaper to just make my own OAT FLOUR. You usually need almost double the oats to make same amount of flour. So for these 2 cups of oat flour, you will need almost 4 cups oats and blend REALLY WELL in blender until it is Powder!!! You want it very fine!)
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
- ½ cup almond milk–(You can use any kind of milk you want! I prefer this or skim, but I have also used whole and 1% and its worked out fine!)
- ½ C chopped walnuts (optional)–(YES PLEASE, yummy!!! Sometimes I sprinkle on top and sometimes I mix in with the batter!)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray
- Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
- Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated.
- Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min. (I usually only leave in the oven for 25, the plus is they are softer-the negative is the fall apart easier….the other plus is they fall apart easier, YUM!!!! Try both ways and see what you like!)
- NOW ENJOY!
- And these DO need to be refrigerated to stay fresh! You can eat them cold or warm them up for 15-20 seconds too!
Nutrition (without walnuts): 1 square = 47 calories, .7 g fat, 8 g carbs, 3.7 g protein
Nutrition (with walnuts): 1 square = 63 calories, 2.3 g fat, 8 g carbs, 4 g protein
Makes 24 squares.—(If you are relying on these nutrition facts you need to be sure you are cutting the pan into 24 squares!)!
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