Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice – that’s what Fall is made of. Basic, I know. Stop what you are doing right now and whip up these No Bake Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars!
DIY Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin spice is a very popular flavor of the Fall and some Winter months, and it’s usually overly priced in stores and coffee shops. I’m not sure if everyone knows this, but I was surprised to learn (literally last year) that the spices that make up pumpkin spice don’t actually contain anything like “ground pumpkin” at all!
All you need to add the amazing pumpkin spice flavor to any drinks or baked treats is a handful of spices that you probably have already! Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice make up the perfect pumpkin spice blend!
These spices aren’t just tasty, they also pack some super healthy benefits!
Ginger: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, reduce muscle soreness, reduce risk of heart disease
Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, promotes healthy skin, helps fight allergies
Nutmeg: indigestion relief, pain relief, promotes healthy skin, greta liver/kidney detox
Cloves: anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy digestion, enhances sexual health
Allspice: anti-inflammatory, promotes healthy digestion, reduces bloating
Oat Flour: You can buy organic oat flour on Thrive Market, oat flour is just ground oats. So, you can also make your own using dry oats and a blender or food processor. I use a blendtec to make my oat flour and it always turns out perfect!
Vanilla Protein Powder: I recommend using Vega Sport. All Vega products are amazing to use and you can order them from Amazon and Thrive Market! They are such a great company to support and I will always stand my them.
Pumpkin Puree: I recommend finding organic pumpkin (I used the one from Thrive Market). But if you can’t find any organic pumpkin, just make sure the only ingredient is pumpkin.
Nut Butter: Whenever you are looking for any kind of nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, nut butter blends, etc.) you should always make sure that there isn’t any unnecessary ingredients (like oils and salts). PURE NUTS! I used Cashew Butter for this recipe.
Pure Maple Syrup: Like with the other ingredients, make sure the only ingredient in your maple syrup is maple syrup. Some cheap syrups don’t even have maple syrup in it at all! It’s just high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and tons of added sugar…
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Dark Chocolate Chips: What Makes Chocolate Vegan?
It’s a little tricky to find vegan chocolate, but most stores have it! It’s hidden among the chocolate chips in the baking isle. All you have to do is look for the darkest chocolate they have (70% cacao or more) and then double check the ingredients.
Stay away from anything that has the word milk in it: milk fat, butter milk, powdered milk, milk powder, milk fat powder, etc. You get the picture.
Also make sure to check for whey. This always derived from dairy products and it NOT vegan.
One ingredient you don’t have to worry about is cocoa butter. It’s a little deceiving, but cocoa butter is not actually butter. It’s just the fatty part of the cocoa bean – extracted. YAY! It’s vegan!
Lastly watch out for added sugars. Some sugar out there is processed with bone char (tear) and it can be hard to detect. If you see added sugar in any products, always check to see if they are bone char free on Peta! [Here’s the link]
No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
|Prep:||Yield: 12 bars, 1 bar per serving||Total:|
No bake bars are always so easy and these pumpkin spice protein bars are going to light up all your Fall obsessions!
- 2 1/2 cups Oat Flour (ground dry oats)
- 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Vega Sport)
- 15oz Organic Pumpkin Purée
- 1/2 cup Organic Nut Butter (I used cashew butter)
- 1/4 cup 100% Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/2 tsp Allspice
- 1/4 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips (for drizzle: optional)
- Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until well combined. Add a little more oat flour if needed.
- Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Allow the bars to set and harden for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Remove from the fridge and transfer to a cutting board. Slice until 12 bars or squares.
- Heat chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and drizzle on the bars if desired.
- Store in the fridge until ready to consume! Will keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Macros & Cals (using specified ingredients, no chocolate drizzle)
Carbs: 27 grams
Protein: 15 grams
Fats: 8 grams
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