Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Protein Bars

So, I'm pretty much obsessed with pumpkin. Not only is it delish, but its only 80 calories for one cup and its amazing in soups, pancakes, breads, or just as a side dish. YUM. Anyway, I decided I wanted to make a protein/snack bar using pumpkin. I had a few standards in mind as I searched:

1. Easy to make
2. Low in carbohydrates
3. Less than 150 calories
4. Yummy and satisfying

After searching and trying different recipes I finally found this one from this blog (adapted slightly):

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup egg whites (from carton)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
4 Tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Truvia packet
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle ground ginger

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Whisk dry ingredients and wet ingredients together with an electric mixer.
4. Spray a 8X8 baking dish with non-stick spray and pour mixture into it. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into 8 squares.

Nutrition:
86 CAL, 6.7 g CHO, 11.6 g PRO, 1.4 g FAT

Side Note: These freeze well. I wrap them individually in saran wrap. They either defrost in my lunchbox or you can microwave or toast them up! I like to slice mine and spread half of a Laughing Cow wedge in Cinnamon Roll flavor OR 1-2 T PB2 :)