Gluten Free Pumpkin Protein Oat Bars with Applesauce | © 2014 |

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.

  • 300 g Homemade pumpkin puree
  • 270 g Unsweetened applesauce
  • 150 g Egg whites
  • 50 g Agave syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Speculaas spice mix
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 70 g Vanilla protein powder
  • 130 g Old fashioned rolled oats
  • 85 g Pepita
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 15x26-cm baking pan with a little coconut oil.
  2. Whisk together the pumpkin puree, applesauce, egg whites, agave syrup, vanilla extract, speculaas spice mix, baking powder, baking soda, salt and protein powder.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Veena Theagarajan 3/10/14 06:28

look soo soft and tasty.. quite filling too

Post Tenacy Cleaning London 3/10/14 08:51

Looks delicious! Have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 3/10/14 09:37

Beautiful bars! They look quite addictive.



Elin Chia 3/10/14 09:52

Angie, this is so healthy :) love the fact that it is gluten free and egg yolk free too :) thanks for sharing the recipe !

Anonymous 3/10/14 10:40

What wonderful treats Angie.
Have a super weekend.
:-) Mandy xo

Medeja 3/10/14 11:49

These bars look beautiful! Healthy and flavorful!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 3/10/14 12:41

Hard to believe something this delicious looking doesn't contain sugar. I bet the pepitas give them a nice crunch. Hope you have a lovely weekend Angie.

Barbara 3/10/14 13:12

What a super fall treat, Angie! Love all those pepitas! I've got to look for that speculaas spice mix.

Sharon D 3/10/14 13:28

Wow..that looks so good, Angie. I am not a big fan of oat bars, but you may just be the person to convert me ^.^

Elzbieta Hester 3/10/14 16:03

I wouldn't mind having a couple of those! Great recipe!

Alida 3/10/14 16:09

With all those lovely seeds these bars look ever so tempting. And I absolutely love the addition of pumpkin. Beautiful baking Angie. Have a good weekend!

Ahu @ ahueats 3/10/14 16:35

Angie these look healthy and delicious! And I love your props- that mug is so cute!

Priya Suresh 3/10/14 16:45

Omg, those pumpkin bars are asking me to grab and have some rite now..Soo tempting they are.

Chris Scheuer 3/10/14 18:40

These look like such a healthy and delicious snack. You are amazing Angie, it seems like you never run out of great ideas!

Gwen 3/10/14 20:00

These look wonderful, so fluffy! I love the addition of seeds.

Shashi Charles 3/10/14 20:42

I love how thick these bars are - and love the pepitas in them! Such a brilliant idea - and it's gluten free!! Gorgeous photos as always!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 3/10/14 20:51

Saw these on your facebook page - and had to come and see those ingredients. They look wonderful Angie - I could enjoy these for a snack about now!

Rebecca Subbiah 3/10/14 21:40

these look great love all things pumpkin

grace 3/10/14 21:47

what hearty bars! they're certainly full of lots of tasty and healthful ingredients--nicely done!

Kathy 3/10/14 22:47

Angie, These pumpkin bars look utterly delicious!! Great combo!

Monica 4/10/14 03:50

Looks like a great power bar. Good for you for cooking up these healthy as well as tasty snacks.

Jayanthi Sindhiya 4/10/14 04:04

Looks so soft and perfectly sliced

noobcook 4/10/14 05:14

I am loving all your autumn pumpkin creations :)

Catherine 4/10/14 07:31

Wonderful recipe Angie. delicious and healthy. Blessings dear. Catherine

ami@naivecookcooks 4/10/14 07:47

Angie, these look absolutely delicious and those peptitas peeking from inside!! Gorgeous!

lisa h. 4/10/14 07:54

beautiful healthy bite, Angie. Love the flavour

Marcela 4/10/14 10:44

wow! these pumpkin bars look just perfect! I just fell in love with this recipe! i love their pumpkin flavor! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Ritu Ahuja 4/10/14 12:11

These oat bars looks healthy and delicious. Gonna try it soon. :)

Mijú 4/10/14 15:30

Un corte espectacular con las semillas.
Un saludito

Ashley 4/10/14 16:53

I love the sound of these bars!! Perfect for before or after my workouts!! Happy weekend!

CookWith Manali 4/10/14 18:35

These bars look healthy and delicious! great recipe Angie!

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 4/10/14 20:05

I love applesauce in bakes it's a healthy way to sweeten things up and I love how tender it can make cakes and bars. I adore pumpkin and would love these as a lovely morning snack!

fimère .b 4/10/14 23:13

une recette savoureuse j'aime beaucoup
bonne soirée

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 5/10/14 00:28

This looks so good, Angie! Love the spices, applesauce, oats and pepitas in them. Great job!

Guru Uru 5/10/14 02:32

I could totally use some bars was delicious as this for uni :D

Choc Chip Uru

Gloria Baker 5/10/14 02:54

I love applesauce and pumpkin ! Sounds amazing!

Anonymous 5/10/14 11:53

Your pumpkin protein bars look stunning, Angie! What a beautiful orange pumpkin color! I will make them & take a few of them on my long bike rides too! MMMMMMM! :)

An Excellent creation, yet again! :)

Anonymous 5/10/14 14:43

This is what i craving for brunch Angie!!!

Debra Eliotseats 5/10/14 15:17

What could be substituted for Speculaas spice? I really want to make these.

Gourmet Getaways 5/10/14 17:01

These are such creative and healthy bars! I love the look, so chunky and healthy. A must-do!!!

Gourmet Getaways

Beth 5/10/14 20:56

These look so healthy, Angie - and a perfect treat for fall!

Liz Berg 6/10/14 03:49

I love how your healthy recipes never look healthy! They just look plain delicious!

Sokehah Cheah 6/10/14 11:29

These pumpkin bars will definitely ease my hunger pangs! Nice clicks!

Easyfoodsmith 6/10/14 12:29

The applesauce sounds so good in these looking recipe. I am loving these.

Joanne 6/10/14 13:52

I love how there are so many pepitas in every bite! Great texture to these.

cristina 6/10/14 18:30

Wow! Gorgeous, tasty looking pumpkin bars. My mom has gone gluten free...she's going to love this. Pinning to our Autumn DIY inspiration board. :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 6/10/14 19:05

These pumpkin bars scream Fall and scream delicious! They look great.

Sue 6/10/14 19:12

These look amazing! Perfect fall comfort food!

Regina 6/10/14 19:52

These bars look fantastic! Here in North America we have pumpkin pie spice to pair with pumpkin recipes but I think speculaas/speculoos must be soo awesome.

Angie Schneider 6/10/14 20:29

@Debra Eliotseats Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon will work well too.

Priscilla @ Homegrown Delight 6/10/14 20:36

That looks great! I'm sure it was moist with the applesauce. I love pumpkin, perfect fall snack!

Choclette Blogger 6/10/14 21:28

Just love the colour of these Angie, they sound thoroughly delicious too. None of our pumpkins came to anything this year, but I think I'm going to have to try and find one somewhere.

Susan 6/10/14 22:51

We love pumpkin and these look amazing. I can just imagine baking these with the weather outside crisp and the leaves falling. Thank you for a delicious recipe, XOXO

Tze @ Awayofmind 6/10/14 23:11

Angie, this is another healthy creation and I can't believe that something look so delicious is without adding sugar!!

tigerfish 7/10/14 00:22

The pepitas must be adding lots of nice crunch to the protein bars

Norma Chang 7/10/14 00:49

Very timely recipe, it is pumpkin and apple season will be making pumpkin puree and apple sauce soon.

Amy (Savory Moments) 7/10/14 03:16

These look great - a very different recipe! They are packed full of all kinds of good stuff!

mjskit 7/10/14 03:45

Now I have to make a big decision - these protein bars or the freekeh pumpkin cake. I have one pumpkin out on the vine that should be pickable in about a week. Two great recipes to choose from!!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 7/10/14 04:29

Protein bars for Manservant! we even have vanilla powder on hand. Great idea, Angie!

Food For Tots 7/10/14 06:34

I love all the healthy ingredients you used in making these protein bars. A great way to include pumpkin in our diet too!

Katerina 7/10/14 09:40

These bars must burst with flavors!

The Squishy Monster 7/10/14 15:11

I love how studded your bars are and what a great color!

Catherine 7/10/14 16:35

Dear Angie, These pumpkin bars look great. They are perfect for the season and healthy too. Blessings dear. Catherine

Vicki Bensinger 7/10/14 17:15

These are some nice big healthy protein bars. One would certainly do the trick to nourish you. Nice recipe!

Amelia 7/10/14 18:31

Hi Angie, this pumpkin bar look very addictive kind. Very well baked, 2 thumbs up for you.

Have a nice day, regards.

Kitchen Belleicious 7/10/14 18:39

i love how thick and chewy they are. So delicious looking and would go great with a pumpkin latte:)

Hema 7/10/14 18:52

Absolutely delicious, another awesome recipe from u Angie..

Kari Lindsay 7/10/14 19:44

Angie, I could snack on this healthy, yumminess all the day long!

Erica 7/10/14 20:49

I love the addition of pepitas, Angie! Delicious bars...the perfect fall treat!

Nippon Nin 7/10/14 21:12

Fun snacks! Nice fall color! I don't know what a speculuas spice mix but I would like to make it!

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 7/10/14 22:31

Angie, I love these as a healthy grab-and-go breakfast! I guess we're now firmly in pumpkin season :)

Kelly 7/10/14 22:58

These pumpkin bars look amazing Angie! I love how wholesome they are and those pepitas look gorgeous! Perfect for fall :)

Nazneen Hamilton 8/10/14 00:30

These look so wonderful Angie! I particularly love the look of the pepitas scattered in the bars, so lovely.

Juliana 8/10/14 03:03

OMG Angie, you come up with the most good looking protein bar...I love the pumpkin pure in it!
Enjoy your week dear :D

Tania @My Kitchen Stories 8/10/14 09:48

Wow Angie looks so good. The best pumpkin puree baked good Ive seen.

Asmita 8/10/14 16:50

Looks insanely delicious!

Reeni Pisano 9/10/14 04:16

Delicious bars Angie! They capture fall! I love how the pepitas look inside the cut bars.

Kiran @ 9/10/14 18:35

Love the specks of pepitas all over this delicious bars! Yum :)

Dawn Yucuis 10/10/14 05:21

I love these pumpkin bars. They sound healthy and super delicious.

Shobha Kamath 11/10/14 12:45

Very interesting and healthy Pumpkin Oat bars...

Helene Dsouza 12/10/14 14:49

love that you are using all natural sweeteners in your protein oat bars. Can't wait to try them!

Muna Kenny 12/10/14 17:35

These bars look delicious Angie, I am thinking of making some and keeping it handy for those moments when I have uncontrollable cravings. I'll give this recipe a go :)

Geraldine Saucier 12/10/14 22:45

THese bars look fantastic. Perfect for breakfast. Another great job:)

rika@vm 13/10/14 21:33

You’ve got to make me some without egg whites :) they look stunning!!!!

Elisabeth Foodandthrift 14/10/14 01:26

Angie, after seeing your beautiful pumpkin oat protein bars...I would never want to buy commercial protein bars, again. Just awesome, and yummy!

Roz Corieri Paige 29/10/14 02:42

Angie, these are so wonderfully healthy and my pumpkin bars are so full of sugar! I need to find a better balance in my life and include more of your healthy versions of this and other seasonal treats. Speculass spices? Where would I be able to find those? Is it somewhere online? I always learn something new from you! Thank you for keeping me on my (culinary) toes!

Angie Schneider 29/10/14 05:20

@Roz Corieri Paige Speculaas spice is a spice mix, very much like pumpkin pie spice mix. Try amazon or some German specialty stores, Roz.

Nupur 4/12/14 12:48

OK, I am falling in love with your blog!! Such an amazing array of recipes.. will hop over again in some time.

this one - is bookmarked too


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