Pumpkin Primal Protein Bars


Well hello there!

It’s 2:15 pm and I’ve yet to do one productive thing today.

Wait! I take that back. I did go to a company Christmas brunch with Shane- that was fun. And I did get one load in the wash (it’s currently waiting for me to peel myself off the couch to switch it over to the dryer.)

It’s OK though. I contribute my lack of productivity today to too much productivity yesterday and not enough sleep.

Last night, Shane had to go into work last night for an implementation, so I took it upon myself to visit my parents who just got back from a long trip to Florida.

I didn’t take many pictures, but I did take a funny video that’s pretty irrelevant but is sure to make you giggle Smile

But first!! First, I have to share with you the pumpkin primal protein bars (hello alliteration!) I perfected yesterday.


I mentioned that I baked up an almost perfect batch yesterday morning. Well, with a little more baking powder and a little less pumpkin, we have a winner, my friends:


These protein bars aren’t to be compared with those that crumble when you cut them, have an artificial flavor, or are just too hard to sink your teeth into. I think I could call them dessert and label them Pumpkin Spice bars and no one would no better. Except you guys, because I just told you Open-mouthed smile

Pumpkin Primal Protein Bars

1 c. almond flour

2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I used whey protein)

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 egg whites + 1 egg

1 c. pumpkin

3/4 c. raw sugar or baking stevia

Handful of walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 baking pan. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Add the wet to the dry and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes of until a tooth pick comes clean in the center.


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And now for some Sunday humor…

I was leaving my parents’ house this morning, and my windshield was all frosted over from the cold. So, Niko and I were hanging out in the car, waiting for the windshield to defrost and heat up. I started to turn on the windshield wipers to speed up the process and Niko started freaking out at them.

Have a looksie Smile

I’m so cruel.

Have a great day!

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  1. The protein bars look so good! I would rather much rather have one of those then the rock-hard store bought varieties. Your video is not cruel, haha it reminds me so much of my dog,! Ahh it’s the simple things in life that make you smile that’s for sure! :-)

  2. Thanks for the new recipe, I cannot wait to try them :) I am still obsessed with pumpkin!

    • LOL I know – Shane was helping me put away groceries and saw two cans of pumpkin, and said “I thought you said what was in the pantry would last you all year.” I was a little optimistic on that statement 😉

  3. AMAZING….this recipe came just in time. I’ll be going away on holiday in about a week and need a travel friendly snack. will try these out and hopefully make a batch for when I’m away….enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

  4. I am so making these – today!

  5. I was just at the store looking at baking supplies and thinking to myself, “I want to find a recipe for some kind of bar to make.” These sound delicious!

    Love the video of Niko! So cute.

  6. I love the video! I think dogs are here to entertain us :)

  7. Haha love the video! I love reading about other dogs’ personality quirks — for my pup, it’s dolphin noises and the hair dryer that get her going :)

  8. I’ve gone to the gym and done 2 loads of laundry, other than that, been in PJs and on the couch. Oh, just played the video and my dogs are going bonkers LOL

  9. Poor Niko!

  10. If these taste as good as they look… (not sure what comes after that). I rarely bake with protein powder, but probably should start!

    So funny, Colin said the same thing about pumpkin…”aren’t you sick of it yet?!” Oddly….NO 😀

  11. I just pinned these to my gluten free board! I can’t wait to make them!!!!!

  12. Yes! I’ve been waiting for these. Thank you! :)

  13. These look so good! Can’t wait to make some :)

  14. Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour? Thanks!

    • If you do, I would definitely up the liquid somehow. Most times I try cooking with coconut flour, it ends up being a fail. Sorry – not much of a helpful answer :)

  15. Hi Cindy! Congrats to Country Girl!! Also I love love your idea of putting the cholce on that dish. Very unique and oooh so pretty! I need to start looking around my house with a different eye!lol Have a great week – Jeannette


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