Pumpkin Protein Bars

October 9, 2010

in Gluten Free, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

Well its that time of year and I’m loving everything pumpkin! After some trial and error, I’ve created a protein bar with my beloved pumpkin and its super yummy.  You can also make it a couple different ways (to save calories even more!). View the video of the recipe HERE.

Makes 16 bars

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup Krisda stevia baking formula* (or 5-6 packets of stevia)
1/4 cup agave syrup or honey* (can’t omit this as it affects texture)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (make sure its not the pie filling!!!)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup old fashioned oats
3 scoops low carb, low sugar vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

* Notes:
– If you can’t find Krisda Baking Formula, other options include: NuNaturals Baking Blend, or packets of stevia. Or your favorite sugar substitute.
– For a chewier bar use 1/2 cup agave or honey and omit stevia, but this will increase the sugar content


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized pot add peanut butter, stevia, agave syrup & pumpkin.  Stir together on low-medium heat until combined.  Remove from heat.  Add oats, spices, protein powder & chopped walnuts.

Spread mixture into an 8×8 greased dish or pan….it will be sticky.  Place in oven for 12-15 minutes until it starts to brown around the outside and sets in the middle (careful not to over-cook or it will be dry)  Let cool and cut into 16 square bars.  Store in sealed container in fridge.

Nutrition (per 2 bars)

Using stevia  Calories: 210  Fat: 12g  Carbs: 17g  Sugars: 9g  Fibre: 3g  Protein: 15g

Using all agave syrup or honey (for a chewier bar)  Calories: 274  Fat: 13g  Carbs: 28g  Sugars: 17g  Fibre: 3g  Protein: 15g


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