THE GREAT (VEGAN, FAT FREE, GLUTEN-FREE) PUMPKIN BARS

I am making these for the studio today and want to post! Happy Fall Y’all!

We fall for flavors of this season like pumpkin spice and everything nice, so when we wanted to find a nutritious recipe to fuel our fire, we looked no further than the great pumpkin. More than just a decorative Halloween piece or pie filling to be eaten once a year, this low fat, high fiber fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  To bake this goodness into a healthy, high energy bar, simply harvest these ingredients, combine, cook and continue on your way. These bars are perfect to eat pre and post workouts.

PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN BAR

Ingredients:

3 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup applesauce

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Extra: 1 cup cocoa nibs or chocolate chips

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 X 13 pan with non-stick baking spray of your choice. Set aside. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in another bowl. Combine and press evenly into pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

 

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