Your favorite fall beverage in PROTEIN BAR form! Take your Pumpkin Spice Latte on the go for munching pre- or post-workout with these delicious vegan, gluten-free bars! Soft, doughy, and full of plant-based protein. It’s totally fine to be basic with your snacks. 😉
Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The quintessential beverage of fall. Am I right…or am I right?
Have you had your first of the season yet? I had one the other day (albeit NOT from Starbucks…is that breaking the rules?!). I got it iced instead of hot because it was a rare ‘warm-ish’ day around the city of Buffalo! Again, I’m holding on to those summer temps for as long as I can. A bit contradictory since I’ve now started indulging in all the flavors and treats of the season!
I guess I’m a fair-weathered fall love in a sense! I love the flavors, the scents, and all the colors, of course. But the fact that winter is just on the horizon tends to get me down!
So how’s a girl to cope? With fall baking of course! Seriously, when is baking NOT the best option!?
Inspired by my first PSL of the season, I decided to try my hand at making a healthy, seasonal snack that has ALL the flavor of your favorite fall drink but in a convenient, easy to make (and eat) form! Protein bars it was.
I had a few goals for these bars. I wanted them to be:
free of added sugars
easy to throw together
FULL of the classic PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE flavor we’ve come to expect each fall
I am happy to report…6 out of 6! We nailed it, friends.
- 1 cup gluten-free quick oats
- ½ cup Nuzest Vanilla or Cappuccino Protein Powder (about 45 grams)
- ½ cup apple sauce
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup non-dairy
- 1-3 tsp NuNaturals Pumpkin Spice Stevia Syrup (depending on how sweet you want them!)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking square with parchment paper. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a knife comes out cleanly from the center of the bars. Allow bars to full cool before slicing into 9 equal pieces.
Soft-baked, densely satisfying, and robustly flavored with pumpkin spice sweetness! Nothing better, folks. Nothing better.
The awesome protein content in these delicious seasonal bars comes from my favorite plant-based protein, Nuzest! You can use either their Vanilla or Cappuccino flavor in this recipe and the bars will turn out equally as yummy. In fact, you’re in luck! I am giving away a container of a Nuzest protein (your choice of flavor!) below…
So now that you have the chance to win the protein that is the star ingredient in this recipe, there are NO excuses not to make them! Unless you hate pumpkin…in which case: Bye Felicia! (Just kidding, of course! All palates are accepted here!)
Enjoy the bars, friends! I hope your fall is off to a wonderful start! 🙂
Are you a fair-weathered fall lover like me?
Have you had a PSL yet?
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