Facts About PumpkinsAre pumpkins a fruit? Yes! A member of the gourd family, pumpkins are considered a fruit. They are classified as a "pepo" fleshy fruit because of their thick rind and soft interior flesh and seeds. Watermelon, cantelope and squash are it's cousins. High protein recipes are simple when using pumpkins. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weight in at a scale tipping two thousands pounds! This recipe along with one of our previous favorites Apple Pumpkin Dip Recipe won't come close to that for sure. Ever wonder how to make recipes high protein? A quick tip is to sneak in a scoop of non flavored protein powder into whatever recipe you're whipping up. How many calories are in pumpkin? A cup of fresh cubes are only about 30 calories, while a can of pumpkin puree is about 80 calories per cup. This gorgeous gourd is low in calories, fat and sodium. They have a high fiber content and is a great source of vitamin A, B, iron and potassium.
Healthy Pumpkin Bar RecipeIngredients: Pumpkin Puree (canned pumpkin) -1.5 Cups Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon Large Egg - 1 lightly whisked Half and Half - .5 cups Salt - half teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice and Nutmeg - half teaspoon each Baking Powder and Ground Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon each Packed Brown Sugar - one third cup Quick Cooking Oats (oatmeal) - 1.5 cups Healthy Pumpkin Bar recipe directions:
- Mix together all the above ingredients in a large bowl. I typically use an immersion blender to get the batter super smooth and creamy, but you can do this by hand of course. As I mentioned above as well as in my favorite muscle muffin recipe, I include a scoop of non flavored whey protein powder to make truly high protein recipes to build muscle.
- Spray an 8 by 8 inch baking pan with non stick spray (butter flavor is best). In a 350 degree pre heated oven bake the bars for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.