Wednesday, February 27, 2013

the fit beast feasts: pumpkin protein bars

my life changed the day that i discovered this recipe and brought my first pan out of the oven.  the chubby baker that lived deep down inside this new body of mine was finally happy again!  the need to bake was satisfied, even if it wasn't homemade croissants, browned butter peach struesel bars, or french coconut pie.

bake up a batch, keep them on hand, and let yourself indulge in something that actually tastes good while being good for you!

ingredients
1/2 cup xylitol brown sugar blend
1/2 cup no sugar added apple sauce
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla extract
4 egg whites
1-15 oz can raw pumpkin puree (do not get pumpkin pie mix)
2 c. oat flour
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (i use musclepharm combat)
1/2 c. almond milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
optional: 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. spray a 9 x 13 glass baking pan with non-stick spray
3. combine the first 11 ingredients and mix well
4. add the final ingredients and mix until incorporated.  spread batter into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until, when tested with a toothpick, the toothpick comes out clean

nutrition (without walnuts): 1 square = 47 calories, .7 g fat, 8 g carbs, 3.7 g protein 

nutrition (with walnuts): 1 square = 63 calories, 2.3 g fat, 8 g carbs, 4 g protein 

*if you can't find a xylitol brown sugar blend, try to find something else besides straight up brown sugar.
*i refuse to buy oat flour at the grocery store as it's rather expensive and you can make it at home in no time at all.  using either steel cut or whole oats, you can make your own oat flour in a blender or food processor!    
*since there are no preservatives in this recipe, keep the bars in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. i wrap two bars together in plastic wrap and store them that way.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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    1. these are the pumpkin bars you tried when you came up for my surgery! you should make them for boys' volleyball games!!!!!

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