Pumpkin Protein Bars

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pumpkin protein bars

Recently I purchased a new protein powder which was unflavored.  To me, it wasn’t unflavored – it had more of a protein taste.  I get that it’s protein, but I wanted unflavored so instead of throwing away money I figured I’d bake with it.  This way if I waste it baking it’s not a total waste.  I’m so happy I did it!  I ended up making pumpkin bread and used honey in place of sugar.  I’m not so sure if it’s any better than sugar, but I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners.

Pumpkin Protein Bars

I’m pretty impressed and sort of blown away that they turned out delicious on the first try!  I can’t taste the protein powder thanks to all the delicious flavors of fall packed in.  I’m so ready for fall baking, apple picking, and fun activities with the family.  I couldn’t wait to share these because they are fall in every bite – and healthy!!  Definitely worth a try, and I won’t mind snacking on one after my workout – success!


Pumpkin Bread Protein Bars

2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Cup Pumpkin
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cup Protein Powder, unflavored
1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Combine the wet ingredients, and then combine the dry.
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Mix them together and pour into a greased 8×8 pan.Pumpkin Protein Bars
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until just crisp around the edges.  Let cool, and then slice into bars.
Pumpkin Protein Bars

Now if you’re ready to get serious..

Pumpkin Protein Bars

Chobani Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
(Make enough to eat within the hour)

1 Part Nonfat Vanilla Chobani
2 Parts Low-Fat Cream Cheese
2-3 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup
Cinnamon for dusting

Mix together the Chobani, Cream Cheese, and Syrup.  Spread evenly onto bars and sprinkle with Cinnamon – Enjoy!

Note: If you prefer a sweeter frosting add a little powdered sugar to the frosting mixture.

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Pumpkin Protein Bars

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Family, Food, and Photography are Courtney's passions and you'll see all of that on this blog.She married Chris in summer of 2008 and they had Sweet Baby summer of 2012.Sweet Baby has a rare food allergy called FPIES, which Courtney discusses frequently.She also loves to do car reviews, so check those out too!
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Comments

  1. says

    How interesting! I love trying out baking with different ingredients, but I have never used protein powder in baked goods!

    I do know that honey is not much better in nutritional value than sugar, but one thing you can try is Agave Nectar. While it is a little higher in calories than sugar….it is more potent, so you can use less for the same sweet factor! Just an idea for next time ;-)

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  2. Anonymous says

    Very good recipe!! I made these last night and handing them out to co workers. Curious in the fat, protein, suger and calories totals?

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  3. Anonymous says

    I tried making this! But the inside didnt cook, but the edges were dark. Not sure what I did wrong. Do you use a beater to mix the ingredients?
    The icing is so yummy!

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  4. Anonymous says

    Made these again and they turned out perfect! Only thing I had to do is increase cook time. ANd 25 minutes into cooking them I covered them with tinfoil. Probably cooked for 40 min. total!

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