Pumpkin Protein Bars

Good Morning! Welcome to a new week.

This weekend we decided to celebrate our Valentine’s day early, since it falls on a Tuesday this year. Neither of us are big Valentine’s day people, we typically just go to a new place for dinner. That’s what we did again this year, and we topped our night off with some frozen yogurt. (well, frozen yogurt for me, a cupcake for Craig 😉 ) It was a perfect night, if you ask me! Dinner, frozen yogurt & then a movie. We happened to be browsing over the movies that were on & ‘Seven’ was one of them.
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Craig was surprised that I had never seen it; as he stays that it is a ‘classic.’ Oops! I am REALLY behind on all of those ‘classic’ movies. I’m almost too embarrassed to admit to some that I haven’t seen. (like The Goonies, Dirty Dancing, Gone with the Wind….& I could go on but you are already probably in shock.)

It was an awesome movie though! I’m glad Craig convinced me to watch it. I love Morgan Freeman, he is one of my favorite actors. And can I tell you how this movie changed my feelings about Kevin Spacey?! OMG…what a part he plays- so convincing!!!…and kind of creepy!

Besides celebrating Valentine’s day early I finally got to try a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try for months now. I only remembered because I saw it in a post that Courtney wrote.

Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Protein Bars! Sounds more like a fall recipe, since it has pumpkin in it, but since I have PLENTY of pumpkin (thanks to my Aunt) in my house, I figured why not try it!

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I’m so glad I did because they were SO good!

Pumpkin Protein Bars (Recipe Copied directly from the site, my changes are noted in italics)

Directions:
  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. (I also sprinkled the whole thing with more cinnamon before baking it)
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  5. Spread batter into the Pyrex dish and bake for 30 min.
  6. Makes 24 squares.

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I think you can tell by the picture that these were not dry at all! I am always kind of hesitant when making these ‘protein’ recipes, because they tend to come out pretty dry & un flavorful. Well, I have to stay, these are my new favorite protein packed recipe! Just take a look at the stats:
Nutrition (without pecans): 1 square = 47 calories, .7 g fat, 8 g carbs, 3.7 g protein

Nutrition (with pecans): 1 square = 63 calories, 2.3 g fat, 8 g carbs, 4 g protein
(Stats copied from the original recipe, they could be a bit different based on the ingredients that I changed, but I’m sure that they are still VERYclose, especially in the amount of protein)

The protein I used was BSN Lean Dessert Protein, the Whipped Vanilla flavor.
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Those are some pretty packed pumpkin protein squares, right?! And like I said, they actually taste GOOD too. Not grainy like some protein bars can taste. I also am NOT a fan of Splenda products, but since it was such a small amount it didn’t affect my stomach at all. (usually Splenda makes me feel very bloated)

I ate THREE (yes 3 <—they were that good! I couldn’t stop- I just kept going back to the kitchen for more) of them for breakfast on Saturday with some honey Chobani.
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Delicious! And the good thing is that since this recipe makes 24 bars, I will have enough for the rest of the week. They make the perfect snack, especially if you are on the go. I don’t know if you are like me, but I always like having some kind of snack in my purse, you never know when hunger might strike. 😉

I think you should definitely try the recipe, if you enjoy pumpkin. I was pleasantly surprised how they turned out…and Craig even liked them! (& he hates pumpkin, so that definitely says something!)

Hope you have a great week!!

Do you have a favorite ‘classic’ movie?
Favorite on the go snack? (that you always have with you)