Jamie Eason's LiveFit Recipes: 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?and I've got the recipe! 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 edition of LiveFit Recipes 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.
Jamie Eason's Pumpkin Protein Bars
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Pumpkin Protein Bars Recipe
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
- 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)
- 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.
- Makes 24 squares.
Jamie's Pumpkin Protein Bars Recipe. PDF (12.9 KB)
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To make this a little more Paleo friendly (although not 100% ) I cut the oat flour down to 1C, added 3/4 C Almond Flour and 1/4C Coconut Flour. I also baked it in my mini cupcake pan for extra convenience! Perfect sizes for portability.
These must be frozen if not used in the first three days of baking. They get mushy and rancid within a week if not frozen. Also I added a 1/2 cup of oat flour and got rid of the applesauce because the bars were way too moist. I added more cloves and some allspice too.
Can these be made with a protein powder other than whey? I am allergic to milk. Has anyone tried using Stevia as a sweetener? IAMKatLady, does changing the flours change the calorie count?