Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars

Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars #oilfree #grainfreeMoist grain-free (and paleo!) protein bars made with pumpkin puree, protein powder and magnesium, drizzled with a healthy layer of melted chocolate.

This week is all about the pumpkin! We’re kicking things off with two recipes today (I’ve included a new Pumpkin Latte Smoothie recipe at the end of today’s post… don’t miss it!).

If your hands aren’t already a light shade of orange, they’ll be there by the end of the week, for sure.

Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars #oilfree #grainfree

Remember the Lemonade Ice Cream and Caramel Apple Cupcakes that I made with Natural Vitality products earlier this year? Natural Vitality liked the recipes so much, that they’ve asked me to make MORE healthy recipes for our community using their entire line of nonGMO, vegan, gluten-free and paleo products.

First up, Natural CALM. It’s a powdered supplement that can be added to water, smoothies or juice. At home, we use it to calm our muscles and relieve stress but it’s also great for the maintenance of your skeletal system and healthy blood flow.

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Go to their blog, Natural Vitality Living, for my Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bar recipe.

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Don’t have Natural CALM on hand right this very moment? You can replace it in the recipe for an equal amount of extra protein powder or you could try an equal amount of cocoa powder.

Continue scrolling down for the Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie recipe….

Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars

Goodness, gracious these bars are deeeeelicious! Very similar to my Oil-free Carrot Cake Protein Bars.

Oil-free Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars

Okay, now on to a powerful magnesium-filled drink…

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie.

Pumpkine Spice Latte Smoothie

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 1
 
Everything you love about pumpkin spice latte, minus the dairy, artificial colors, flavors and refined sugars.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee, chilled
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree - not pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1½ teaspoon Unflavored Natural Calm
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground all spice
  • pinch ground cloves
Topping
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your high-powdered blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with coconut cream, a dash of ground cinnamon and serve!
Notes
Maple Syrup - feel free to replace with whatever sugar you have on hand. Alternatively, 2 medjool dates could be used.

Coconut Cream - is full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight with the thick "cream" removed from the can.

Natural Calm - if you don't have it on hand, feel free to use 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder or omit completely.

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Pumpkine Spice Latte Smoothie

My Christmas dessert cookbook is launching November 5 and we’ve set up an exclusive access pass for those that KNOW they want to get in on the healthy dessert action this Christmas. Get your name on the list and you’ll get access days before anyone else.

Healthful Pursuit Christmas Dessert Cookbook

This post was sponsored by Natural Vitality. All opinions expressed herein are those of Healthful Pursuit Inc. and are not indicative of the positions or opinions of Natural Vitality. Thank you for supporting the brands that I believe in and choose to feature here.

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  1. Hey girl :)

    Love the recipes, but am recently having to eliminate eggs. Do you think these are worth trying with an egg substitute (i.e. flax/chia/psyllium “eggs”) ?

    Thanks!

  2. Oh my goodness!! This would be the perfect snack to take with me on the days I teach snowboarding!!

  3. The lattés look amazing! I’m a ridiculously big fan of warm autumn-y drinks. Will absolutely be trying that recipe out. The protein cakes look awesome, too – a perfect excuse to use up some protein powder. Did you melt a dark chocolate bar for the drizzle, or get chocolate specifically meant for cooking with?

    • Hi Leah – I just used semi-sweet dark chocolate that I had in the pantry. Easy peasy!

      • I tried out the protein bars – they’re fantastic! Way less dense than most store-bought ones, and not too sweet. I used, I think, spelt flour in mine, so I imagine the texture was a little different; I had to use quite a bit extra to make the dough thick enough. It was good to see that this is a versitile recipe, though – I made multiple substitutions (spelt instead of coconut flour, unflavoured protein powder, no flax, no Natural Calm) and they still cooked beautifully. Excellent work, Leanne!

  4. Ooh the bars sound very similar to ones I’ve been making lately! Mine don’t contain natural calm (mainly because I’m out of the stash you gave me!) but that’s not a bad idea. The Christmas Dessert Cookbook looks fabulous (well, the cover anyway!!) Great job!

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