We were running low on treats after being sick and a hectic week of work. Yesterday was extremely windy out and light flurries, I swear I saw a lion, tin man, and scarecrow wandering around outside! With that in mind, I didn’t bake on Saturday, nothing worse than half-way through a project to lose power. We lose it a couple of times during the next two seasons, usually either high winds, heavy wet snow or just because $@#$@! it feels like it :(. Today was colder (mid-30s) but sunny and calm. So, on a break between movies and after dinner (liver and onions with bacon), I made us some treats.
She loves my cookies that I make that are basically the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies without filling, but being lazy, I really didn’t want to scoop them out. Yeh, I’m that freaking lazy :). So, I modified it to work as a bar. Since the bars won’t need to retain a shape like the whoopie pies\cookies, I eliminated a few items. YAY!! Less stuff to measure! That makes me smile!! So, want some bars?
Ingredients (makes 16 bars) :
- 2 tbsp Coconut Flour
- * 1 Scoops (33g) vanilla whey protein powder (we use Dymatize Elite, YMMV)
- 1.5 Cup, Baked Kabocha Squash (don’t know about kabocha? hit the link! you can use pumpkin puree instead, just adjust for the additional carbs)
- 0.5 cup granulated stevia
- 0.25 cup Almond Milk (or 1 tbsp heavy cream and 1 tbsp water)
- 2 tbsp Butter – Salted
- 3.00 large, Eggs
- 1.00 tsp(s), Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp(s), Baking Powder
- 0.50 tsp(s), Salt, table
- ** 1.00 tsp(s), Spices – Cinnamon, ground
- ** 0.50 tsp(s), Spices, ginger, ground
- ** 0.25 tsp(s), Spices, cloves, ground
* If dairy-sensitive or do not have whey protein, increase coconut flour by 4 tbsp and oil by 1 tbsp
** You can replace the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves with 2 tsp of pumpkin spice
Let’s make the bars!!
Preheat your oven to 350F. Get out a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish, lightly grease all with coconut oil (I use the spray type because not only do I like simple, I’m freaking lazy too).
Combine all the wet ingredients (including the kabocha) for the in a bowl, beat until smooth. Put all the dry ingredients in a different bowl, then whisk to combine\break up clumps. Add the dry to the wet, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides. You should get a thickish batter, similar to brownie batter. Pour into your baking dish, smooth the top with a spoon or spatula.
Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the sides start to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool completely before slicing. This is critical with any recipe using coconut flour or protein powder to make sure the final product doesn’t crumble. These two ingredients like to cool slowly to finish binding up.
I think these would be really good with some protein and cream cheese frosting, I didn’t do that this time as today is a lazy day and I’m taking full advantage of it!! If you try it, let me know!
Nutritional info per bar (based off my ingredients, check yours!): Calories: 56, Fat: 4g, Protein: 4g, Carbs: 2, Fiber: 1, Net Carbs: 1
Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me 🙂. If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!