Friday, May 10, 2013

Pumpkin Protein Bar with Chocolate

These might be the best things I have made in quite some time!!  I was expecting a thinner bar but it really ended up more like cake.  Yummy!!  I made 6 bars with chocolate and 6 bars without.  Any guesses which ones will be gone first!!

Pumpkin Protein Bars with and without chocolate
1/2 cup splenda brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 egg whites
15 oz unsweetened pumpkin
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp each ground clove, ground ginger, baking powder and baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups oat flour
2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix sugar, applesauce, egg whites, pumpkin, milk, vanilla, spices and salt together well.  Then add remaining ingredients.  Bake in a greased 13x9 cake pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cool bars about 30 minutes before topping or cutting. Makes 12 bars.

For chocolate topping, melt 2 TBSP mini chocolate chips.  Spread on 1/2 the bars.

Pumpkin bars without Chocolate contain 155 calories, 4.4g fat, 16.3g carbs and 13g protein.

Bars with chocolate contain182 calories, 6g fat, 20g carbs and 13.3g protein.

The next batch I make, I will use regular splenda instead of the brown sugar.  I am not sure what the taste difference will be but splenda brown sugar has almost as many calories as regular brown sugar. I'd like to see if they taste as good as the regular recipe, but with fewer calories.

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