A few months ago I made homemade protein bars for the first time. The girls really loved them and were happy they could have a healthy treat. Of course most of the protein bar recipes contain nuts or nut butters so the girls were not able to bring them to school as a healthy snack for their lunches.
Now that we are in September and back to school, the request for homemade protein bars came in again from the girls!
I knew I needed a binding agent that was sweet, and since Pumpkin season is gearing up, what a perfect time to use Pumpkin Puree!
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
1 can white beans, rinsed
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 - 1 banana (mashed)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla Shakeology
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup mix of dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut and craisins
In a food processor, mix the first 6 ingredients until well combined.
Add the Shakeology, cocoa and oats. Pulse to just combined.
Add the last ingredient and pulse briefly to combine.
Spread into greased 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 mins.
Cut into 24 small bars.
Store in airtight container for a week. Freeze and take bars out as needed.