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.

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.
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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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40 Responses to “Pumpkin Protein Bars”

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    Simply Being Mommy — September 5, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Those look absolutely delicious!

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    Sarah — September 5, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    These look so good! Love baking pumpkin breads and cakes in the fall. I will add this one to my list!

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    Megan — September 6, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    My mouth is watering, literally. Those look so good!

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    Jessica — September 6, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    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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    Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired — September 6, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    These sound delicious! I never would have thought to cook with protein powder. What a great idea. I’ll have to give this recipe a try this Fall!

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    blueviolet — September 6, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Protein powder does have a flavor and scent to it, doesn’t it? I’m all about disguising it in such a delicious way!

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    My name is Momma — September 6, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    Yum!!!

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    ohkeeka — September 6, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    These look fabulous! I’m starting to crave pumpkin and apples too now that it’s almost fall. :)

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work — September 6, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Yumm, I’m going to forward this to my boss!

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    Shop with Me Mama — September 7, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    These look and sound really good! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Cat Davis — September 7, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin but you make these look so darn good.

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    Dee — September 14, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    I LOVE anything with pumpkin. It’s so nice to know I can go with my favorite Thanksgiving food and do it healthier.

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    Marcie W. — September 16, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    These looks AMAZING!!

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    Anne — September 17, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    Wow, what a great way to use a product you were unhappy with. They look delicious.

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    Jessica — September 19, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    Great idea! These look yummy!

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    April Decheine — September 19, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I am going to try this recipe, I have a bunch of protein and my husband loves Pumpkin bars!

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    That Bald Chick — September 20, 2011 @ 12:00 am

    Yummy and healthy? You are my hero!

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    Hil'Lesha — September 21, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Looks yummy! =)

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    Laurie — September 25, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    These look really good, I was just thinking about making pumpkin bars, I love the Fall!

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    Kathleen — October 4, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Yummy! These look and sounds so good and nutritious too?

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    Donna — October 14, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    These sound so delicious!

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    Tammy — January 18, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Where did you get the protein powder?

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    /\Heather/\ — October 19, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I’ll be trying this for Thanksgiving. Happy about the protein powder! Will probably use coconut flour instead of all-purpose, though. Would that make it gluten-free?

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    Anonymous — November 8, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    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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    Anonymous — January 7, 2013 @ 2:12 am

    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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    Anonymous — January 23, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    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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    Robin {Mom Foodie} — February 17, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Protein powder is usually made from milk, soy or eggs, I don’t see why those would make a good flour & I guess they do :)

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    Rachel — June 15, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I love pumpkin desserts! Great idea to add protein, too!

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work — November 5, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I think i’ll this to me recipe lists this fall. They look great!

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    Laurie Skiles — November 6, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Yum!! I am so going to make these!

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    Kelsey Apley — November 19, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Tis the season for Pumpkin :-D!!! YAY and these look really tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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    Barnolds Barnes — November 29, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I love that even the icing it kind of healthy with the chobani.

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