WW Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Blondie Protein Bars
These chocolate chip pumpkin spice protein bars are a new family favorite. Tender, moist and mildly sweet, these gluten-free, protein-packed beauties taste much more like pumpkin spice blondies than traditional protein bars.
The original recipe called for spreading the bars with melted chocolate, but I chose to keep it simple by stirring ¼ cup miniature chocolate chips into the batter. Yum!
How Many Calories and WW Points in Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Bars?
According to my calculations, each serving has 146 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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How to Make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
Step 1: Gather and prep your ingredients.
Step 2: In a food processor (affiliate link) or blender (affiliate link), process the oats into a powder. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt, until well blended.
Step 3: In a small bowl (affiliate link), whisk the pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and truvia (affiliate link) until blended.
Step 4: Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Step 5: Spread the pumpkin mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until just set at the center. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan, then remove using the liner. Cut into 10 bars.
Cooking Notes, Substitutions & Variations
Select your sweetener of choice. I used ½ cup Truvia (affiliate link), which is is supposed to be equal to 1 cup of sugar. The original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon liquid stevia. According this stevia to sugar ratio article, 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar.
No miniature chocolate chips?
If using regular chocolate chips instead of miniature ones, give them a rough chop so you will have enough to be distributed throughout the batter.
Skip the chocolate?
If you wish to leave the chocolate out entirely, I suggest adding 2 tablespoons dark cooking molasses or honey. Yum.
I used doTerra's Slim and Sassy Trim Shake (affiliate link) with good results. Choose your protein powder of choice. With most of these 4 scoops will equate to the 1 cup needed for this recipe.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe:
If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, use the following combination of spices: 2-½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ¾ teaspoon ground allspice, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.
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.
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondie Protein Bars
- ½ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup naturally sweetened vanilla whey or raw vegan protein powder
- 1-½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1-¼ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- ½ cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup Truvia (or sweetener of choice)
- ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil then spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a food processor or blender blitz the oats until they have a flour like consistency. Transfer the oat flour a medium bowl and stir in the protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt, until well blended.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and truvia until well combined.
- Add the pumpkin mixture to the oat mixture and stir until well blended then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the pumpkin batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until just set at the center. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan, then remove using the liner. Cut into 10 bars.
Recipe source: Power Hungry
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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I am so disquisted with this WW virtual meeting system. I am not computer savvy and have not been able to get on a meeting for over 2 months. I could for awhile in the summer but not anymore. I even had zoom put on my computer and can zoom my friends for chats. If I cannot get on these virtual meetings I would like to quit paying for this WW program. It is a waste of my money not getting any help, encouragement or support. I am doing it by myself so why pay the monthly fee. We are being ripped off.
It is hard! Covid! Staying inside - Stress - Christmas -
Start with a meal plan each week. It's ok if you don't always stick it-but remember - if you bite it write it. Visuals are good.
A breakfast each morning - or not. I always have coffee.
(Oatmeal, cheese toast, cinnamon toast, yogurt and then add fresh fruit. I always choose one: strawberries, blueberries or orange.
Lunch - is always soup, sandwich or salad and a piece of fresh fruit.
Martha suggests soup and salad. She offers a lot of point free soup recipes as does WW. Batch cook. Make a pot for the week and freeze portions.
I like to get the 1 point bread and make a sandwich (2 points) to have with my soup. Grilled cheese, turkey, tuna (in WW there was a time we had to eat fish 5x a week, I always had a tuna sandwich) and a piece of fruit. Grapes, sliced apple, small orange etc.
Dinner: Protein, Green Veggie, Grain and desert.
I usually make a Martha's casserole on Sunday and Wed. (batch cooking) and freeze it. I'll pull one out of of the freezer - add a green (beans, asparagus, brocolli) and a grain (brown rice, quinoa).
Desert: Baked apple, small point muffins, low point treat from this website or WW - again I do a batch cooking a freeze individual.
There are excellent free recipes on this site. You can always purchase Martha's ebooks etc. they are inexpensive.
You may need someone to help you down load them.
I'd start with a meal plan - at first I used the plans Martha gave me in her email weekly. - it gets easier each week. I keep remembering the sentence. "A goal without a plan is just a wish"
Good luck with this, you are not alone. The world is once again upside down - it helps to have routines.
PS: oh! always eat at the table and if you have a desert with dinner - eat it at the table. No saving till later - I find it starts me wanting more and end up snacking. Eat enough each meal - full but not stuffed. Try 3 meals a day. No snacking. Try it for just 1 week to see what happens. Record on your WW app if you can - and you'll have a blue dot tomorrow which means you stayed w/n your points.
IM not on WW, I use the recipes on this site. The recipes have been a godsend for me. I’ve always had a battle with weight. Much more successful with these recipes. I agree eating 3 meals a day is key. I have soup everyday for lunch too I’m practicing portion control. I stick to portion even if it’s a really low calorie item. And eat slower and chew food longer (I inhale food lol). Losing weight consistently. Feel much better even less brain fog. I love the recipes Don’t crave snacks. Have a good day
Hi Jackie, Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm so happy to know I am helping you on your journey. All the best. ~Martha
These are wonderful! They are a good portion size and I always feel like I’m cheating when I have one. So delish!