RECIPE: Pumpkin blondie protein bars

These protein bars make great treats, and you can stick one in your gym bag for a post-workout snack.

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by Fiona Day |
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Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment; lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a food processor, process the oats into a powder. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk the pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and stevia until blended.

Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture, stirring until blended. Spread into prepared pan, smoothing top.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 28 minutes or until just set at the center. Cool completely in pan, then remove using the liner.

Melt the chocolate chips in microwave according to package directions and spread over cooledbars.

Chill 10 minutes, then cut into 10 bars.

Notes

Pumpkin Pie Spice: If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, use the following combination of spices: 2-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ¾ teaspoon ground allspice, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.

Chocolate Chip Blondies: If you do not want to fuss with spreading the chocolate atop the bars, simply stir in ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips (if you have regular chocolate chips, give them a chop so they will be distributed throughout the blondies).

Storage: These bars will keep in an airtight storage container for 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer (let defrost at room temperature). They keep well at room temperature when packed for lunches or in a gym bag.

Number of scoops*:** Most protein scoops are around 30-33 g which translates to about ¼+ cup; so you are looking at roughly 4 scoops of powder.*

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