Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars Recipe

These pumpkin spice protein bars are wonderful for a fall “meal” on the go!

I’m really having fun with this protein bar thing. The last batch I made was cinnamon chocolate chip and it was pretty tasty. So I just had to try another favorite, pumpkin spice.

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars

I should tell you that these bars are not “cookie sweet”. So don’t expect that. They have a very mild and subtle sweetness to them. But the pumpkin flavor is pretty pronounced.

But they are filling and I usually enjoy them with a glass of mildly sweetened almond milk. The combo is delicious and I feel pretty full afterward.

You can add some extra sweetness if you want it by adding about a ½ to 1 tsp. pure liquid stevia to give the sweetness of the honey a little extra punch. But outside of that, I would just enjoy them as they are meant to be.

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Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars

An autumn-inspired protein bar that is not overly sweet and offers a nice hint of pumpkin spice.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 bars
Calories: 206kcal


  • 1 ½ cups quick oats (3 minute oats)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy, no sugar added)
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup whey protein powder (unflavored or vanilla – See recommendation above)
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (no sugar added)


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Roast your oats for 10-15 minutes on a cookie sheet (Or until they turn a nice golden brown). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Spread dough to ½ inch thickness in a baking dish or ½ sized cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough has a nice golden brown appearance.
  • Allow to cool. Slice into bars and store in a Tupperware container or Ziploc bag.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Jessie – I have no doubt!

  2. graciouspantry says:

    Lindsay – Yes, it’s one full cup, not a scoop. However, elevation could make a difference, or maybe something got mis-measured on accident. Try using 1/2 cup next time and see if that helps. It could be a lot of things.

    1. Jodi Hufendick says:

      I am having the same problem as Lindsay. I have made these twice and I have made the chocolate chip ones and they are not crisp looking at all and they crumble and stick to the pan. I am going to try greasing the pan next time, but I cannot figure out what else I am doing wrong. Thoughts?

      1. graciouspantry says:

        Jodi – Try and ext a 1/4 cup peanut butter and and extra 1/4 cup apple sauce. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Ashley – No, I haven’t. But there are plenty of other protein powders on the market that you could sub.

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Lisa – Thanks! Glad you like them!

  5. Grannycmc says:

    Could you substitute Quinoa flakes for oatmeal? I may try it. Makes it higher in protein and easier for some Glutten-free’s to digest.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Grannycmc – I’m not sure. I’ve never used quinoa flakes. Sorry!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Yes, the type of powder will most likely make a difference. Sorry it didn’t work out!

  7. Jenniferleechrislee5 says:

    How many bars does this make

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Depends on how you cut it. I got 15.

  8. graciouspantry says:

    It probably would. Let me know how it works out!

  9. I would love to see more protein and granola bar recipes ๐Ÿ™‚ perfect for this on the go mom!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m hoping to start on a granola bar next week, actually. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Tammie Lindstrom says:

    So Yummy! Thanks Tiffany! I wanted something to replace my expensive and sugary bars I’ve been taking to work as a snack and decided to try these. I made a few substitutions due to what was in my kitchen, but kept the recipe mostly as directed and they turned out delightful. I even shared some with a co-worker who raved about them so much that I passed this page on to her. I can’t wait to make these again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. How long do the protein bars store for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      In the freezer, about 6 months.

  12. Made these today, and yielded about 24 squares. left out the honey, but went with 1C of Pumpkin, 1/2C of Peanut Butter, and 1C Unsweetened apple Sauce. I use alot of Pampered Chef bakeware, and the 20 minutes in the oven was perfect! Very Moist, and soft. Not chewy at all…..

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      DeeDee – Good to know! Thanks for the feedback! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I would love to know what the best sub for honey is – i ran out last week and will not be going back to the store for another 2 weeks. any suggestions?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Casey – What type of sweeteners do you have in the house?

  14. Would these be ok to give toddlers! with the protein powder and are these crunchy

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Susan – They are not crunchy. As for giving them to toddlers, that would be a personal decision. I have heard different things about that, so it’s best to ask your doctor or pediatrician.