Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars with Bonus Workout

I am pretty excited about this post.

I love pumpkin.

A good workout is included.

And the pictures were taken curtesy of Kristin Marie Photography, which means I was in a beautiful kitchen, the pictures look 100x better, AND I had a taste-tester so you know they have to be good! Take a second and go check out her blog or Facebook page!! I could look at her pictures for hours!!!

Ok are you ready???



Gather those ingredients….


Oh hello there 😉 I can’t take this picture alone. Please note the awesome kitchen!

Ok in your mixing bowl add:


Pumpkin puree….


mhhhmmm pumpkin


. flour (any flour works really) and oats on top of the pumpkin (ok, ok I will stop with the pumpkin 😉 )



… applesauce….




…egg whites….


…almond milk….


…spices, salt, baking powder, baking soda, protein powder, and vanilla…

And mix that all together until moist.

Then add in:


Walnuts, Craisins, and Chia Seeds

Mix those into your batter and pour into an 8x 8 pan.



Check out her awesome baking dish!!! Pretty things :-)

Place in a 350 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes.

In the mean time, its time to make spiced protein frosting!


Mix your greek yogurt, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice,and protein powder. Protein frosting. With a pumpkin twist. MHMMMMM.

When the bars have cooled slightly, you can cut and serve them. They keep well in the fridge for up to a week.





These bars make a great post workout snack, mid-day pick me up, or dessert. Enjoy warm or cold.


And in case you need a quick holiday workout, here is our FIRST Holiday Countdown Circuit. I will be posting one a week until New Years.

The repetitions of this workout are to do 10 of each exercise, then 9, then 8, then 7…. then 3, then 2, and finally 1. :-)


Squat with Bicep Curl


Lunge with Tricep Extension



Knee to Elbow Plank


Jumping Jacks


Ready… Set… Go!!! Holidays are no excuse to not burn some calories and keep yourself moving!



Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars
Serves 16
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
For the Bars
  1. 1 cup Almond Flour
  2. ½ cup Coconut Flour
  3. ½ cup GF Oatmeal
  4. 2 Scoops Vanilla Whey Protein
  5. ¼ cup Molasses
  6. ½ cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  10. 1 ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
  11. ½ teaspoon Cloves
  12. ½ teaspoon salt
  13. ½ cup Almond Milk
  14. 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  15. 4 large Egg Whites
  16. 1 15 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
  17. 2 T Chia Seeds
  18. ½ cup each Walnuts and Craisins
For the Protein Frosting
  1. 1 t Pumpkin Pie Spice
  2. 3 T Greek yogurt
  3. 3 T maple syrup
  4. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (combine all ingredients together)
  1. 1. Combine all ingredients for the bars in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  3. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
  4. 4. Top with Protein Frosting.
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Please note, these bars were adapted from Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein Bars.













Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes

Today was great for 3 reasons:

1. It was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day!! I spent 23 miles biking the fall country side. Ahhh…. sigh.

2. It is the start of my birthday week. I do love birthdays… and not just mine.

3. After sleeping in, I made pumpkin pie protein pancakes.


The perfect pre-bike ride breakfast on a perfect fall day.

I used the same mix that I used to make the Almond Meal Pancakes.  This time I only used the mix and didn’t add any other flour. Add in a little pumpkin to the mixture, pumpkin pie spice,  and a scoop of vanilla protein powder… voila!!!!


All mixed up!!

All mixed up!!

And sometimes I am still half asleep- almost forgot the protein!

And sometimes I am still half asleep- almost forgot the protein!

Easy, quick, fall, pumpkin goodness on my plate.

I am finally mastering the cast iron griddle too- far less burning and much more golden brown awesome-ness!


golden goodness!!!!

golden goodness!!!!

I even added some chocolate to my last one- also tasty, but there is only so much sweet I can handle at a time.


I topped these pumpkin bites with real maple syrup and a mix of jumbo raisins.  Raisins are an excellent pre-workout food and since I knew I had a medium sized bike ride in my future, I added those into the mix.


I really wish I had a picture of my bike today, but I left my phone in the car and just rode. Sometimes silence away from technology is golden.