Whether you need breakfast, a snack, or a healthy dessert bar, these have all the decadent pumpkin flavor to enjoy it plus the nutritional profile to feel great about it. Don’t be intimidated by the baking with this bar, either. All you need is a single mixing bowl, a spoon, and a square dish to put these together in your home kitchen.
1 1/2 Cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 Cup pumpkin puree
1 Cup applesauce, unsweetened
3/4 Cup Infinite Pro 100% Whey Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 Cup egg whites (or 2 large eggs)
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 Cup maple syrup or honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Cooking spray or oil (for greasing)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line an 8” x 8” square baking dish with parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium 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 the prepared baking dish, level with a spatula, and bake for 35 minutes. The bars are finished with a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack for another half hour. Use a serrated knife to cut into 8 bars. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.