Pumpkin Chocolate Protein Bars

by Leanne Vogel, Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Expert, Healthful Pursuit Author: Leanne Vogel Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 40 mins Serves: 9 Gluten-free protein bars filled with the goodness of pumpkin and a healthy dose of magnesium. Ingredients Wet 4 eggs 1 cup pumpkin puree ¼ cup maple syrup 2 tbsp non-dairy milk 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract Dry ½ cup coconut flour 5 tablespoons protein powder 3 tablespoons Unflavored Natural Calm ¼ cup ground or milled flax seed 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Drizzle 2 oz. dark chocolate, melted Instructions 1.Preheat oven to 375F and line an baking sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside. 2.Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer. 3.Whisk dry ingredients in a small bowl. Once incorporated, add to the wet mix and mix until smooth. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes to thicken up. 4.Scoop approximately ? cup at a time into your hand. Shape into a bar and place on prepared baking sheet. You can also shape the bars on the baking sheet, I found that was easiest. 5.Bake bars for 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean, the bottoms of the bars or golden, and the tops are cracking slightly. 6.Remove from oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. 7.Once cooled completely, then drizzle with melted chocolate