Pumpkin Protein Bars

Who hasn’t experienced the guilty pleasure of a tasty pumpkin scone, cheesecake, or bread at the local coffee shop? Unfortunately, they’re pretty unhealthy, but they’re so darn delicious! If only there was a healthy down-home pumpkin piece of heaven that someone on a diet could enjoy…

Well, there is! You might not have guessed, but pumpkin is a very nutritious fruit offering a bunch of great health benefits. Unfortunately, those benefits are usually offset by adding too much sugar, simple carbs, and fat. However, this recipe proves that you can throw a whole mess of healthy ingredients together to make a pumpkin protein bar that’s soft, supple, and sinfully delicious.

Ingredients

  • ½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)
  • 1- 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce
  • 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
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ C chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated.
  5. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and back for 30 min.

Makes 24 squares.

Nutrition (without walnuts):

  • 1 square = 47 cal

Originally posted on bodybuilding.com

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