Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wheat-Bran Pumpkin Protein Bars

Happy Tuesday!  Ok, if you are anything like me and love baking during the holidays you probably still have a few cans of pumpkin and some pumpkin spice seasoning sitting in your pantry.  

Now, don't get me wrong it does not have to be a holiday season for me to enjoy these; I eat pumpkin all year round!  I love it in pancakes, smoothies, in breads and in protein bars.

I wanted to share my Pumpkin Protein Bars recipe with you.  I want to mention that the baking process on these is a bit long.  Keep in mind I am not using any flour on these, so the mixture is a bit wet therefore, it requires a longer baking process.  If you have time on a Sunday afternoon, these will be sure to keep you occupied.  I think they are so worth it though!  I like to keep the nutrients of my food as tangible as possible, so I find that prolonging the baking process is necessary.

Here's how I make my Wheat-Bran Pumpkin Protein Bars

Ingredients:
1 can of 100% pure pumpkin
1/4 cup of baking Truvia
4 large egg whites
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
4 oz of unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/2 cup of wheat bran (I used Hodgson Mill)
  1 cup of brown rice protein powder (I used Jarrow Formulas)
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin spice seasoning

Read the directions first, this is a 2 part bake.  I know it is time consuming but they are worth it!

Directions:
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.  In a large mixing bowl add in all of the ingredients listed above and mix until the mixture is well combined.  Pour mixture in to your sprayed baking dish.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 10.  Let it cool for about 15 minutes.

WAIT!!!! Your are not done baking!

 Bring your oven temperature down to 200 degrees.
Once your bars have cooled down for 15 minutes, cut your baked bars into 12 bars or 24 mini bars.  Place the bars in a baking tray and bake at 200 degrees for an additional 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let them cool completely and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Macros Per serving (if cut into 12 bars): 88 Kcals; 10g protein; 11 g of complex carbs; 5g carbs from sugar; 0 g fat 

Enjoy!


Hope you give this recipe a try! 
Do you make your own protein bars?  What's your favorite recipe?

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Have a happy, healthy day! 

4 comments:

  1. Yummy - these sound great and I love the macros!

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    1. Glad you like the sound of them... Thanks for stopping by Heather! ;o))

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