This is the best easy gluten-free pumpkin protein bars recipe I've ever tried. The drizzled white chocolate on top of these bars is the perfect added touch.
You may think it's hard to find a healthy 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! A few of the most popular "temptations" are definitely bread and pastries! Which is why this "treat" (you can actually consider this one of your smaller meals or snacks, yay!) is one of the FAVORITES in my house!
I actually bag them up in pairs and keep them in my fridge all the time! I usually make a batch every single week, in fact! I send them with my husband for snacks at work and always have them for when I need a quick meal or on the go treat! My daughter even loves them! You can freeze them too if you want to make a few batches at a time.
WARNING: You will LOVE these pumpkin bars! (and if you say you are not a fan of pumpkin, try em anyways!! OR I have also made them with mashed ripened bananas and made banana walnut bread!)
Okay, here we go, your life is about to be changed:
"My no guilt & actually really good for me" treat!
These DO need to be refrigerated to stay fresh! You can eat them cold or warm them up for 15-20 seconds too!
Whenever I first TRY a new recipe, I always have a hard time purchasing all those new spices! Let's be honest, those babies are expensive when it comes to "trying" a new recipe! So what I always do is go to the health food store near me (SPROUTS Market) and they actually have a spice counter!
Yes, a SPICE counter!!! So I can scoop out my own spices and then I can get as much or as little as I need or want! I never pay more than 50 cents for each spice! Check out your local health food store and see if they offer this!! And if they don't, well, these Pumpkin Bars are worth the additions to your spice rack!!
These bars are almost like a cross between a pumpkin cake and pumpkin pie. They are so moist and flavorful….lots of spice! I added a drizzle of melted white chocolate atop the bars for a little sweetness…they’re really not overly sweet bars at all. That could be totally optional, though. I just knew it would make them pop in the pictures and the flavors go well together. Melted dark chocolate would work well too.
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- 1 ½ scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Real Salt
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Allspice
- ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
- ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (Fresh or Canned)
- ½ Tbl Vanilla
- ½ Cup Pecans or Walnuts (chopped, optional)
- ½ Cup White or Dark Chocolate Chips (melted, optional)
- Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and brown sugar.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla until smooth and well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth.
- Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the top of the batter evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the dish for at least 20 minutes before slicing into squares.
- Drizzle melted white chocolate over the bars, if desired.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Keywords: best, easy, frosted