There are a lot of people eating “on the go” these days… from Mom’s to athletes to kids to busy professionals. Sometimes you just need to bring a bite with you that will keep you going and boost your energy. Camilla Saulsbury has written a new book, POWER HUNGRY- The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook, giving you the option to make nutrient-rich, healthy energy bars at home. The recipes are soy-free, and they are all easily adaptable to gluten-free and vegan diets. And best of all for Mom’s like me: they are kid-friendly too. I tried these Pumpkin Pie Power Bars first. They’re delicious, and they’re perfect for storing individually-wrapped in the freezer. They make great grab-and-go, healthy snacks (127 calories, 2.3 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein per bar)!
Pumpkin Pie Power Bars
- ¾ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1¼ cups pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- 1 cup lightly packed all-natural, sweetened vanilla whey protein powder
- ¼ cup dark (cooking) molasses, pure maple syrup or honey
- ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- ⅓ cup white chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
- 2 tsp virgin coconut oil
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Process the oats in a food processor until they resemble a fine powder.
Add all of the remaining ingredients (except white chocolate and coconut oil) and process until completely blended.
Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 28 minutes or until the edges are beginning to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Using the liner, lift the bars from the pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 10 bars.
Melt the white chocolate in a microwave or double boiler according to the package directions. Whisk in the coconut oil until blended. Drizzle over the bars. Refrigerate 30 minutes (or until the coating has hardened). Store, covered, in the refrigerator (up to 1 week) or in the freezer (up to 3 months).
Vanilla whey protein powder can be found in health food stores (or Whole Foods).
Makes 10 bars.
About the Author
Reprinted with permission from POWER HUNGRY: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook ©2013 by Camilla V. Saulsbury, Lake Isle Press, Inc., New York.