Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars Recipe

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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
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 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. graciouspantry says:

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

  2. Jenniferleechrislee5 says:

    How many bars does this make

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Depends on how you cut it. I got 15.

  3. graciouspantry says:

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

  4. I would love to see more protein and granola bar recipes 🙂 perfect for this on the go mom!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I’m hoping to start on a granola bar next week, actually. 🙂

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. How long do the protein bars store for?

  7. 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…..

  8. 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?

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

    1. 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.

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