Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

Can you tell it's fall? I am all about the pumpkin now! Lucky this recipe turned out good on the first try - don't even think I need to change anything! These are dense and filling, very portable.

Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

28 grams of protein powder
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 cup lowfat yogurt (any kind but fruit - I happened to have vanilla on hand)
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups of rolled oats
40 grams of Craisins (or dried cranberries).

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper. This will really make it easier to get these out, trust me.

In a bowl, mix together the protein powder, pumpkin, eggs, yogurt, spices, brown sugar with a mixer. You want to make sure the protein powder is really well incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Chop the Craisins smaller and add to the mix. Then stir in the oats.
Press the mixture evenly into the 9x9 pan and bake for 35 minutes. These won't really get brown, they will just firm up - so don't over bake. Remove from the pan right away and cut into 9 squares. It's much easier to cut these when warm.
Store in the fridge.

Stats with my ingredients:
Per bar: 157 calories, 3 grams fat, 27 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 8 grams protein, 54 grams sodium.


debby said...

Hey Lori, I just tried this recipe. I adjusted it because I had some fresh apricots that I wanted to use, and I didn't have any pumpkin. But they are fantastic! I am not afraid of protein powder anymore! I will put the adjusted recipe on my blog.

Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

Lori said...

Debby - you are so welcome! These bars have endless variety to them.