Tuesday Recipe – Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

This is not a new recipe, but I made this up a couple years ago and it may have gotten lost (which it shouldn’t be), so I wanted to give it some love!  These are super duper easy.


  • 28 grams of whey protein powder (I used unflavored, but you could try a flavored one)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lowfat yogurt (plain or vanilla– I happened to have vanilla on hand, just don’t use fruit)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 40 grams of Craisins (or dried cranberries).

Preheat oven to 350.   Line a 9×9 pan with a parchment paper sling. This will really make it easier to get these out, trust me.

In a bowl, mix together the protein powder, pumpkin, eggs, yogurt, spices, brown sugar with a whisk.

You want to make sure the protein powder is really well incorporated and the mixture is smooth.  Chop the Craisins smaller and add to the mix.

Then stir in the oats.

Press the mixture evenly into the 9×9 pan and bake for 35 minutes.

These won’t really get brown, they will just firm up – so don’t over bake. Remove from the pan right away and cut into 9 squares.

It’s much easier to cut these when warm.  The pizza wheel – multitasker extraordinaire!  The picture at the top has been cut into 18 pieces, but I normally do 9.

Store in the fridge (if they last that long) and warm up in the microwave for 10 seconds.

Stats with my ingredients for 9 bars:
Per bar: 157 calories, 3 grams fat, 27 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 8 grams protein, 54 mg sodium.

I think I will try adding some chopped pecans to this (obviously altering the stats), as I think that crunch would be awesome.

May sprinkling some yogurt chips or white chocolate chips on top after coming out of the oven would be pretty awesome as well!

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20 thoughts on “Tuesday Recipe – Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

  1. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Sometimes I wonder how I’m able to walk about the planet unaided. I have long wished cranberries were sold in bits. It never occurred to me to make my own bits. 🙂 Recipe looks great and I’ll be making it when I get home. Thank you!
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..Road Notes- The Big Deal =-.

  2. Dawn

    These sound a lot like my pumpkin/cranberry protein bars and I do add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans and just throw in the whole can of pumpkin. Maybe next time I should make these in a square pan sure looks easy enough. So cool that you take pictures for us *smile*.
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..A Bit Worn Out =-.

  3. Leah

    Yum! Maybe I’ll make me some of these for a trip I have coming up.

    Meant to comment that I also agree about preferring to be in control of my eats. It’s harder to count calories when someone else is cooking. hmph. 😐
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..End Results =-.

  4. Joanne

    Love those bars. It’s that pumpkin time of year when any and all pumpkin recipes go down as possibilities during family gatherings. It’s so good to offer sweet treats that are good and healthy as well as taste delicious. Just don’t mention the healthy part to guests.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..My First Marathon- The Wine Glass =-.

  5. debby

    Those definitely look like the next pumpkin recipe I will be trying. Gotta bookmark it because I am on a baking fast right now, boo hoo. Stats are great, too.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Eating Reasonably =-.

  6. arlene

    lIs the sodium really wonky on the stats?
    This recipe looks delicious. I’m going to try them and use more protein for my hubby. The bars he buys are so processed! This is real food.
    Thanks for sharing.

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