These soft, moist pumpkin bars are packed with protein and have all the fantastic Fall flavours. There is NO PROCESSED SUGAR, and they are also naturally gluten-free. Warm speculaas spice balances really well with the pumpkin and pumpkin seeds add extra crunch as well as healthy Omega-3 Fats. They would make a great filling breakfast on-the-go or a post workout snack. If you don't use agave syrup, just substitute with 70 grams of honey or maple syrup.
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 15x26-cm baking pan with a little coconut oil.
- Whisk together the pumpkin puree, applesauce, egg whites, agave syrup, vanilla extract, speculaas spice mix, baking powder, baking soda, salt and protein powder.
- Add in rolled oats and pepita, stir well. Pour the batter in the prepared baking pan, level with spatula and bake for 40 minutes or until a wood skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Cut with a serrated knife into 8 or 10 bars.