These Pumpkin Spice Paleo Protein Bars use a simple blend of dates, nuts, and loads of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon for extra flavor. We’re also sneaking in some collagen peptides for added health benefits! All you need is a food processor and about 20 minutes.
So it’s starting to feel like fall is here to stay in Michigan. The colors on the trees are pretty much a their peak and the temperatures have dropped quite a bit, especially at night. Drew and I have been using our fireplace in the evenings and I must say… it’s quite nice! I didn’t grow up having a fireplace so it feels kind of odd but I love sitting on the couch and having that fire going as we watch some TV. What is it about fire though that is so mesmerizing…
This time of year is also getting me a little bit nostalgic for Harry Potter. I mean, we’re not even in November yet but all I want to do is snuggle on the couch and watch some HP! I know my HP fans feel me on this one… But actually it’s all I’ve been thinking about and wanting to do. Soo I may or may not be multi-tasking at the moment with some Harry Potter in the background. Good for productivity? Maybe not… But good for the soul? YES.
So here I sit watching some Harry Potter and snacking on some
Pumpkin Spice Paleo Protein Bars
I guess we’re back to being basic again. But I am hoping the majority of you are alright with that, because you can enjoy these Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars in under 20 minutes.
what you need
favorite blend of nuts
pumpkin pie spice
Oh yeah… we’re sneaking in some collagen into these bars for protein, plus it’s great for your skin and joints!
I believe I mentioned this in my Green Goddess Overnight Oats post, but honestly I feel like the wrinkles in my forehead and between my eyebrows are so much less pronounced– I tend to squint and furrow my brow a lot. Now that I’ve been taking the collagen regularly for almost 6 months now, I can really tell a difference. I also had these little broken capillaries on the bridge of my nose ( I hit myself with the metal end of a snap bracelet when I was 12… not even kidding) and you can barely even see them now! I actually wanted to get surgery to remove them before my wedding but am so glad I didn’t.
Anyways, I’ve been loving these seasonal paleo protein bars. They’re kind of like a Larabar in a sense because we’re using dates and nuts as the main ingredient, but even more amazing because they’re homemade and you get a health boost.
We’re also adding two whole tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice seasoning. I know I know, it may sound a little crazy but TRUST ME. And then adding another heaping tablespoon of ground cinnamon to balance out the other seasonings in the pumpkin spice.
Date-based bars (and balls) are easily one of my most favorite healthy snacks to always have on hand. You just can’t beat simple ingredients like these!
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 6 scoops, 3 servings, collagen peptides (grass-fed or marine)
- 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon (I used ceylon for it’s sweeter flavor)
- 2 cups large medjool dates (about 16 dates) soaked for 5 minutes, drained & pitted
- 3-4 TBS water
- Line a square 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap, set aside.
- In the bowl of your food processor process nuts, coconut, collagen peptides, and spices until a course meal, about 10-15 seconds.
- Remove lid from bowl and add pitted dates. Process again until ingredients are fully combined, roughly 15-20 seconds. Start adding water 1 tablespoon at at time. You may need up to 4 tablespoons. Ball mixture will be thick, sticky, and slightly wet.
- Transfer mixture to lined pan, pressing flat and evenly into all 4 corners. Place pan in freezer for about 15 minutes to allow bars to firm up.
- Lift bars out of pan, place on cutting board, and cut into 16 squares. Store in container in fridge for about 2 weeks.
–For the nuts I used raw, unsalted cashews and walnuts. Feel free to use a mix of nuts such as almonds and cashews, almonds and walnuts, etc.
— You could also make these into energy balls! I’d suggest about a rounded tablespoon size.
Collagen peptides is not needed for this recipe. You can leave it out, just decrease the water to about 1 TBS.
Nutrition information approximate
- Serving Size: 1 bar/square
- Calories: 195
- Sugar: 16
- Fat: 9
- Carbohydrates: 22
- Fiber: 3
- Protein: 7
- My HP fans… do you get that sense this time of year where you just feel like you HAVE to watch Harry Potter?
- What’s your favorite kind of snack bar base? Dates, oats, nuts?
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