So, what’s a girl to do but bake, eat, and repeat?
This is based on one of the recipes I mentioned in my post about going pin-happy on my Pinterest food boards (pinterest.com/sharonstrands), but modified a little bit to provide more fuel. Between my home projects, weight gain efforts, and the SO having a crazy long day the next day, I reached for the protein powder and hoped it would work in here. It did! Myself and the other recipients of the bars were quite pleased with the results, and since the only ingredient that is really questionable is the brown sugar, even my friend that’s on Weight Watchers joined in on the fun.
Recipe based off of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars; my version is more substantial and a lot less like a commercial granola bar, so I won’t be offended if you want to go with hers for a light snack!
What you’ll need:
• 3 cups old fashioned oats
• 2 1/2 scoops high-quality vanilla or plain pure protein powder (I do not recommend using a supplement powder that is made from greens, etc that you can taste, or with a bunch of stuff added; I used Reserveage Grass-Fed Whey Protein)
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup applesauce
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
• 1 cup chocolate chips
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper (you can grease the pan instead if you don’t have any). Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl to prevent all the spices and salt from clinging on to one patch of pumpkin. Add the wet ingredients, and once fully incorporated, add in the chocolate chips.
Press firmly into pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool on wire rack for 5 minutes, cut into bars or squares of whatever size you see fit (I got 10 substantial bars out of it) before removing from pan and allowing to cool completely on the rack. Eat for breakfast, snack, and dessert.