by Olena

Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

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Olena Osipov
5 from 11 votes

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Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

These pumpkin protein bars are so scrumptious and guilt-free!!! You would never guess they are healthy, they just don’t taste that. So moist, rich and all things pumpkin. I haven’t used a drop of oil because I thought applesauce + pumpkin puree should do the trick, and I was right.

They are also gluten free which apparently is a big thing right now. I’m not following a gluten free diet but I believe in moderation. Sometimes, I bake with whole wheat flour and sometimes with oats, almond meal and coconut flours. I even bought my first gluten free bread. It’s not bad at all.

These pumpkin protein bars would make a great breakfast on-the-go or an afternoon snack. They taste like the most decadent cake or a muffin. Delicious!

Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars in a pan

Even my kids said “wow” and they are usually hard to impress with any baked goods. Even if it’s the sweetest Starbucks muffin, they do not love baked goods. Period. It makes it hard for me because the stuff I bake would be a great after school snack.

I often get asked if protein powder can be substituted in my recipes. Sometimes it can be and sometimes not. I think, although I haven’t tried (I should), you can use almond or any other nut flour instead of protein powder in this recipe. But I haven’t tried. When baking, most of the time I end up baking with protein powder because I can enjoy more of a good food.:)

Looking for more healthy pumpkin goodies? Try my pumpkin granola muffins, flourless pumpkin muffins with coconut, or pumpkin protein muffins.

Can of pureed pumpkin, ingredients mixed in blue bowl

Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars

Pumpkin Protein Bars Recipe with oats, plant based protein powder, eggs, applesauce, pumpkin puree and oats. Healthy clean breakfast on the go.
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, line 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, applesauce, egg whites, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and protein powder. Add oats and walnuts, stir well. Pour mixture in prepared baking dish, level with spatula and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool for another 30 minutes. Cut with a serrated knife into 8 or 10 bars***. Serve warm or cold.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

    Notes

    • *Bars made with eggs will come out more moist and rich, but for a leaner version use egg whites - they still are super moist.
    • **Substitute protein powder with almond or any nut flour. I haven't tried that though.
    • ***For smaller portions cut into 10 bars.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1bar | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4857IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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