High-Protein Pumpkin
Cream cheese Bars 

High-Protein Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars have a texture that's like cheesecake meets brownie.  Protein powder is added in lieu of flour, boosting its staying power, and making it ideal to take to go for a mid-day snack ~ OR ~ if you eat your last main meal fairly early, like we do, and you want a little something something before bed.  Pair  with a mug of warmed (or frothed) milk sweetened with a teaspoon or two of real maple syrup or honey.  You may sleep better!

(I have the perfect Immersion Blender that can beat your batter AND froth your milk, shown below!)

High-Protein Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars also contain eggs and cottage cheese ~  making it a healthy breakfast bar choice.  Serve with Sugar-Free Apple-Raisin Sauce, Baked Fruit or Stewed Fruit Compote and coffee or your favorite hot beverage.

I've added links for Nutricost Unflavored & Vanilla Whey Protein Powder that we use as it's a high quality protein powder at a great price.  

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High-Protein Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

High-Protein Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars ~ Recipe


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1 8oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-2 tsp. vanilla (more if using unflavored protein powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange marmalade 
  • 2 scoops protein powder (unflavored or vanilla)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

STEPS

  • Pre-heat oven to 350º
  • Lightly butter or oil an 8x8 baking dish
  • Add first 7 wet ingredients to a large mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, blend a few minutes
  • Add remaining dry ingredients, and blend. Batter should be smooth, creamy, easy to pour and not too stiff
  • Pour into baking dish
  • Bake 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  • Score/cut into 16 bars 


Macros for High-Protein Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Per bar (1/16th of recipe, or 57g): (Taken from Cronometer)

109 total calories; 5.7g protein (22%);  8g carbs (29%);  5.9g fat (48%)*

Primary micronutrients include: B2, B5, Foalte; (smaller amounts of B1, B3, B6, B12); 2602 IU vitamin A; 5.4 IU vitamin D; .4mg vitamin E; 3.0mcg vitamin k; 73g calcium; .4mg iron; 9mg magnesium; .1mg manganese; 93.5 mg potassium; 4.9mg selenium; 149 mg sodium; .4 mg zinc

*These can easily be made lower in fat by using Neufchatel instead of cream cheese, or a low-fat cream cheese.  Check ingredients to be sure you are not compromising quality for lower fat through the use of a lot of fillers.  Egg whites only can be subbed for the whole eggs, however, there will be loss of some nutrients

Lower-Fat Cream Cheese Sub:

89 total calories; 6g protein;  8.8g carbs;  3.4g fat



An Immersion Blender that can also froth your milk!  Now we are talking!!!  (I lOVE steamed milk!)

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