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???

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Gather those ingredients….

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

Ok in your mixing bowl add:

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Pumpkin puree….

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mhhhmmm pumpkin

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

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… applesauce….

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….molasses….

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…egg whites….

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…almond milk….

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

And mix that all together until moist.

Then add in:

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Walnuts, Craisins, and Chia Seeds

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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. :-)

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Squat with Bicep Curl

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Lunge with Tricep Extension

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Knee to Elbow Plank

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Jumping Jacks

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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)
Instructions
  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.

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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!!!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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