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.
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!