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Jamie Eason sets out to prove that pumpkin desserts can be delicious and nutritious – both peacefully coexisting in one pumpkin protein bar.
Who hasn’t experienced the guilty pleasure of a tasty pumpkin scone, cheesecake, or bread at the local coffee shop? Unfortunately, they’re pretty unhealthy, but they’re so darn delicious! If only there was a healthy down-home pumpkin piece of heaven that someone on a diet could enjoy…
Well, there is—and I’ve got the recipe! You might not have guessed, but pumpkin is a very nutritious fruit offering a bunch of great health benefits. Unfortunately, those benefits are usually offset by adding too much sugar, simple carbs, and fat.
However, this edition of LiveFit Recipes proves that you can throw a whole mess of healthy ingredients together to make a pumpkinprotein bar that’s soft, supple, and sinfully delicious.
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
• ½ C Xylitol Brown Sugar Blend (Ideal)
• 1 – 4 oz. jar baby food applesauce
• 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
• ½ tsp. ground clove
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• ½ tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 4 large egg whites
• 1 – 15 oz. can of raw pumpkin
• 2 C oat flour
• 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
• ½ cup almond milk
• ½ C chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Spray a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish with non-stick spray.
3. Combine first 11 ingredients and mix well.
4. Add the final 3 ingredients (4, if adding walnuts), and mix until incorporated. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
5. Makes 24 squares.