Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

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These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!

I have another pumpkin recipe for ya (shocker, I know!). Today we’re making pumpkin protein bars!

With oats and protein powder as the base, these bars are gluten-free and vegan as long as you use vegan protein powder. They’re also oil-free and low in sugar! The entire batch is sweetened with just 1/4 cup of maple syrup and some dairy-free dark chocolate chips on top because chocolate makes everything better, am I right?!

These bars have the perfect amount of pumpkin pie flavor and a good protein to carb ratio — perfect for munching on before or after your workout or as a grab-and-go breakfast bar. I hope you love them as much as I do. Seriously, they are so good!

A stack of protein pumpkin bars on a white plate with chocolate chips sprinkled around.

PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS VIDEO

Ingredients measured out to make pumpkin protein bars: almond milk, oats, chocolate chips, pumpkin, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, protein powder, maple syrup and salt.

Here’s What You Need

  • rolled or quick oats – oats are naturally gluten-free but are often cross-contaminated during processing. If you need these bars to be gluten-free, make sure you look for oats that say “gluten-free” on the package! I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats.
  • vanilla protein powder – You can use your favorite protein powder, but if you want to keep these bars vegan, make sure you use vegan protein powder. My go-to brand is Nuzest (use the code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order). If you’re not a protein powder fan, I recommend making these healthy pumpkin bars instead. 
  • baking powder + baking soda – to help these bars rise.
  • salt – to bring all of the flavors together!
  • pumpkin pie spice – use store-bought or make homemade pumpkin pie spice.
  • maple syrup – for just a touch of sweetness! Feel free to sub in your favorite liquid sweetener like honey, agave or stevia.
  • pumpkin puree – either canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree works. If you’re using store-bought, make sure you pick up canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie mix has added sugar!
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – I like to use unsweetened almond milk so I can control the amount of sweetness I add to the recipe. If you don’t have almond milk, feel free to use your favorite milk instead.
  • chocolate chips – I like dark chocolate chips, but any type of chocolate chip works. For a low-sugar version, use Lily’s stevia-sweetened chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark chocolate). For a vegan version, use Enjoy Life’s dairy-free chocolate chips.
Collage of four photos showing the process of making the batter for pumpkin protein bars, and then mixture going into a pan and being topped with chocolate chips.

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Protein Bars

Start by mixing together your dry ingredients: oats, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a separate large bowl, mix together your wet ingredients: maple syrup, pumpkin puree and almond milk.

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.

Pour the batter evenly into a prepared dish with parchment paper or oil and sprinkle a few dark chocolate chips on top. Bake in a preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bars cool completely before attempting to remove from the dish. Once cooled, cut and enjoy!

A hand holding up a slice of pumpkin protein bars.

Storing Pumpkin Protein Bars

After letting your bars cool completely, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. They can be stored at room temp for up to three days, but they do keep best if stored in the fridge. You can also store them in the freezer for up to three months!

More Pumpkin Recipes

Be sure to check out the full collection of pumpkin recipes and all my snack bar recipes here on EBF.

Pumpkin Protein Bars (Vegan + Gluten Free)

4 from 131 votes
These pumpkin protein bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil-free. They make for a perfect pre or post-workout snack or grab-and-go breakfast. Each bar has less than 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar!
A stack of pumpkin protein bars on a white plate with chocolate chips sprinkled around.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, or quick oats
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder, vegan if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients including oats, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
    Dry ingredients for pumpkin protein bars in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients including the maple syrup, pumpkin and almond milk.
    Oats and pumpkin being combined in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • Gently add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
    Ingredients for pumpkin protein bars mixed together with a wooden spoon.
  • Spread batter evenly into the prepared dish, sprinkle on a few dark chocolate chips and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean. Let bars cool, cut into 16 bars and enjoy.
    Pumpkin protein bars baked in a ceramic dish.
  • Store bars in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer for up to three months.

Video

Notes

  • Maple syrup: Feel free to sub in your favorite liquid sweetener like honey, agave or stevia. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 77kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 7g Fat: 1g Sodium: 346mg Potassium: 33mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g
Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin protein bars

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    93 comments
    1. Alex
      May 8, 2022 AT 5:21 pm

      5 stars
      Just made these and they are perfect post-workout snack!! Can I just ask how you recommend consuming once frozen? Heat up? Eat cold once thawed ? Thanks!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 9, 2022 AT 7:51 am

        Hi, Alex. Let them thaw in the fridge and eat them cold. Then you can either eat it cold or pop it in the toaster oven for a few minutes to warm it back up. You can also use a microwave or regular oven. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them!

    2. Kristin Loken
      April 19, 2022 AT 2:11 pm

      5 stars
      I make a double batch of these bars almost every other day…so good and the Macros are perfect for a balanced snack without the guilt!! Thank you for the recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 20, 2022 AT 7:47 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you’re loving these bars, Kristin! Thank you so much for sharing your review, it means so much to me.

    3. Sarah
      January 29, 2022 AT 9:01 pm

      5 stars
      I used chocolate aloha protein powder and added crushed pecans. They are out of this world good. Skipped the chips.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 31, 2022 AT 11:13 am

        Woo!! Happy to hear these protein bars were a hit, Sarah. Thanks for trying them out and coming back to leave a review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    4. Suzanne
      January 23, 2022 AT 1:13 pm

      Pumpkin bar recipe calls for “1 can” or homemade pumpkin purée. Would be helpful to say 16 oz or 32 oz can.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 25, 2022 AT 4:53 pm

        Hey Suzanne, the recipe calls for 1 cup of pumpkin puree, not 1 can.

    5. Katie
      November 21, 2021 AT 3:54 pm

      5 stars
      I made these last week and liked them so much I decided to make them again this week. Super easy. They definitely have a protein taste but I eat protein bars/shakes regularly so this did not bother me. I used Nuzest vanilla protein. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2021 AT 10:27 am

        Yay!! So pumped to hear these pumpkin protein bars were a hit, Katie. Thanks so much for the review. It means so much to me!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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