Now that it’s officially fall it’s time to start posting some fall inspired recipes. Up first are these AWESOME oatmeal pumpkin protein bars. They only require 5 ingredients, 1 bowl and are clean, vegan and gluten-free depending on the type of protein powder you use. They are great for breakfast, snack or post-workout. Even better? They travel well and are great warm or after they have been chilled in the fridge.
I’m not exactly sure how it is fall already, but according to the calendar, we are past the start date of fall for the year. Crazy right? Even more so because it’s still oh high 80s and 90s temperature wise here. Anyway, aside from the fact that I now feel better about posting fall type recipes (YAY PUMPKIN!) [ahem, even though I eat pumpkin year-round since I stock up on it when it goes on sale in the fall] let’s talk more about my adventures in Ecuador!
I started telling you a bit about my trip to the Cloud Rainforest in Mindo, Ecuador in a previous post. My bug bites are still present, but healing and not nearly as gross looking, nor itchy. So high-five for that. I can now get away with wearing outfits that bare my legs without awkward stares and questioning looks. Let’s go ahead and give another high five for that too!
Anyway, my trip was FULL of high adventure activities that were SO fun throughout the week. Here are a few of them:
I got to zipline through the canopy and I even went upside down on one. The guy was like hey do you want to go upside down on this one? And I was like upside-down? YOLO let’s do this. Aside from the awkward, open your legs wider..no wider conversation, it was insane, but crazy to be suspended upside down with the ground SO far away
I also went canyoning. Basically, creek walking until we got to some waterfalls and rappelling down them.
I jumped off a 50 foot ledge into a waterfall that was also oh 40 degrees. HOLY MOLY was it cold. I was the only one to do it and I’m not going to lie…I stood on that ledge contemplating my potential actions for a solid few minutes before I got the nerve up to jump. The guy (who did not speak English) was like here is this rope I’m going to attach to you in case you don’t make it, so I can pull you around. Also, you have to jump a meter out. You can’t jump any closer, or any farther because BAD. Ummm… YOLO?
Since we are talking about jumping off ledges, I also jumped off a ledge with nothing but a rope attached to my waist and swung about the treetops? It was a crazy rush, but I particularly liked swinging back and forth after the initial “Am I really going to jump off this ledge? Are these knots right? Is this going to hold me?” jump.
There was also this cable car that went across the canopy. It was raining when we decided to cross and the cable went unexpectedly SUPER fast, but it was SO cool.
So, there is some of the adventure part of my trip! Stay tuned for some of the more tranquil aspects of my trip in an upcoming post! In the meantime, I encourage you to try out these awesome pumpkin bars. Not going to lie, I ate them all over the course of a day! Haha. So good, but healthy enough to do so! Stay tuned 🙂
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Protein Bars [Clean, Vegan, Gluten-Free]
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup pumpkin (make sure it is only pure pumpkin and not pie filling)
- 1 1/2 T psyllium husk powder
- 1 T pumpkin pie spice
- water/liquid of choice*
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 dish
Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a bowl and then mix in the pumpkin.
Add liquid until mixture is fully saturated*
Pour into your greased dish and cook for 25 minutes, or until your toothpick is clean
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and placing on a wire to complete cooling
Store bars in an air-tight container in the fridge
- You may use whatever liquid you prefer. I use water. The amount will depend on your protein powder and your use of psyllium husk powder. I used ~3/4- 1 cup water. I recommend adding a bit of your liquid at a time, mixing and seeing how well it absorbs. The mixture should be thick, but you should be able to pour it into your dish when you are finished.
- I cut my bars into 12 servings, but you can cut it into as many pieces as you would prefer. If you are using it for breakfast, cut fewer pieces, or eat a few bars at a time.
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