Pumpkin Protein Bars

Taylor Kiser | Food. Faith. Fitness. Updated
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Pumpkin protein bars you make at home. Skip the health food store, because these are full of Fall flavor and great for breakfast on the go!

You know what never ceases to amaze me?

The fact that the things you think will be the least time consuming, somehow ALWAYS turn into the most time-consuming.

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Some examples that come to mind:

1. Watching “The Food Network.” “I’ll just watch one show and then get along with my day”

10 episodes of “Chopped” later…

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2. Ordering Take – out. You think it’s gonna be a quick meal...

Until you eat one too many containers of fried rice and spend the rest of the evening laying on the couch in a food coma.

Probablyyyy watching “The Food Network”

It’s a vicious cycle.

3. Making these Pumpkin Protein Bars.

“I know EXACTLY what I’m going to do to make these” She said (“she” being me) “It’ll be SO EZ and dee-licious in one go!” She said.

15 batches later.

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Peeps, I am not lying to you. During the process of these bars, my garbage can got enough protein to last it the rest of its l-y-f-e.

Now, I generally don’t have all that many total recipe disasters, or if it isn’t working out by round 3, I scratch the whole recipe and eat chocolate cake instead. You know, to console myself.

But, each time I made this recipe, it got better. And it was never all around GNARLY (do people still say that?), it was just okay. I could feel success in my bones. I had to continue on the path to pumpkin pie protein-packed goodness.

And I got there. After aforementioned 15 attempts and a husband who debated leaving the home until I was done trying protein bars, so that he would not have to eat eleventy billion a day and be forced to undergo the third degree of “DO YOU LIKE THEM? HOW’S THE SPICE? MORE SWEET? TELL ME!”

#foodbloggerhusbandproblems. It’s a new thing.

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These bars though, are so worth it. Like the enchiladas that I shared with you awhile back, they are made predominately from egg whites because, well, PROTEIN. There’s also some protein powder in there because what’s better than one protein? If you answered “two proteins” then you get a gold star.

Because of the soft pumpkin, egg whites and using quick oats (not the firmer, older fashioned variety) these bars are very soft…but then they’ve got a little CRUNCHY pecan topping because texture yo’.

Not to mention these bars come together in about 5 minutes. Which is even less time than it would take you to drive to the store and buy some.

Now let’s raise our hands in the air for pumpkin pie that is breakfast and snack acceptable. HEY YO!

Pumpkin Protein Bars Recipe

    12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Pumpkin, Not pumpkin pie filling
  • 3/4 cup Egg Whites, About 6 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup, Plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup Truvia
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice, Plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 cup Quick Oats
  • 1/3 cup Pecans, Chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, spraying with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin, egg whites, maple syrup and vanilla extract
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the protein powder, truvia, and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Add the protein powder into the mixture, along with the quick oats and stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out evenly. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and drizzle with maple syrup.
  6. Bake until the center feels set and pulls away from the side, about 35-40 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely at room temperature and slice into bars and serve!

Notes

  • Bars can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days and then refrigerated.

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Taylor keeps food, faith and fitness close to the heart on her blog of the same name. We're excited to have her as a Healthy Eating fanatic.