Protein Pumpkin Oat Crumb Bars

I finally succumbed to the pumpkin mania and created a pumpkin recipe. Plus, it’s Halloween so I thought it would be fitting to post something pumpkin today. It is surprising that it took this long because pumpkin roll is one of my favorite recipes. Since pumpkin roll isn’t exactly a healthy breakfast, I set out to create something in it’s substitute. I settled for a protein oat bar.

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While pumpkin is the star of the show, I also threw in some white chocolate chips, walnuts, and cranberries for good measure. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this recipe because I have never made a breakfast bar before.  The results were quite delicious and moist, yet crumbly and dense thanks to the protein powder inside.

IMG_6394-pOn a side note, good food bloggers don’t have shadows in their pictures, but the Bear says it adds interest, which makes me happy since I was too impatient to wait for the sun to go down. :)

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Protein Pumpkin Oat Crumb Bars
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Serves: 16
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cup oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ¼ cup pumkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two bread pans.
  2. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combine.
  5. Add the walnuts and cranberries to the mixture.
  6. Evenly pour the batter into both of the bread pans.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes before cutting into bars.

 

Back to the recipe – I brought in a few bars for my coworker to try and he loved them! He didn’t even taste the protein powder which is a good sign since that stuff isn’t very tasty.

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If I do say so myself, I really loved this recipe because it almost tasted like pumpkin roll. I ate it for breakfast for a week straight!  It was even better when I microwaved the bars for 30 seconds!

What is your breakfast of choice? 

Happy Halloween my friends! 

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