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Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Bars [Clean, Vegan, GF]

Happy Labor Day! Still need a quick dessert, or snack to bring to your parties today? Try out these 7 ingredient and less than 30 minutes cook time pumpkin protein bars! They are clean, vegan, gluten free and packed with protein and fiber! They could be good for breakfast, snack, or dessert! Your pick they are great warm, or cold.

Last weekend I moved…..AGAIN! Ridiculous. I’ve moved like 8 times in the past 10 years. If you want to read about my cross-country move last year, I wrote a post about packing here and the move here. At least that time I had a few members of my family help me. All I can say is that I really hate moving. I had every intention on staying in the same apartment for the 3 years (or potentially longer I suppose) that I will be down here, but that ended up not being the case.

It wasn’t terrible as I was moving to a different apartment in the same complex, but man did it still suck. I ended up doing most of it on my own, but my new roommate was a massive help. Especially, since I have been away for the last couple months and didn’t get a chance to fully pack up my apartment before the move.

Day of the move I was full of trepidation. Why? Well for starters I was still nursing a shoulder injury (well, technically still testing the waters with how much it can handle). That + moving really is not a great combination.

Also..that’s when all the Hurricane Harvey rains were due to come in, as well. So it was a race against the rain clock that weekend. To make matters worse, I was 3.5 hours away with a full morning clinic. So as soon as I got back, I immediately had to start getting to work. The rest of the day was a lot of me + a dolly (THANK GOODNESS) against all my stuff and furniture. I would like to say that I came out unscathed, but in reality a week later I’m still sore, bruised and healing. Ultimately though: Me =1 Furniture=0. Hehe.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a roommate. Last time was back in college oh almost 7 years ago. I’ve been very happy on my own so well see what it’s like to go back to that. I move back in a couple of weeks from where I am now so time will only tell. Given that college has just started for so many, it brings me back to fond memories of those glorious times.

How do you guys feel about moving?

Do you have a roommate/roommates? 

Meanwhile, try out this new recipe! It’s a tasty little snack bar that is healthy enough to eat for breakfast and quick enough to take to your next party!


Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Bars [Clean, Vegan, GF]

Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Protein Bars [Clean, Vegan, GF]

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Author AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1-1 1/2 T psyllium husk powder
  • few dashes pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-4 T chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • water/liquid of choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 pan/baking dish

  2. Mix your oatmeal, protein powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, psyllium husk powder in a bowl until combined.

  3. Add pumpkin and mix

  4. Add liquid of choice until a thick batter is formed. Fold in chocolate chips (or leave out and top bars with them instead before placing pan into oven)

  5. Place batter into the greased baking dish/pan and into the oven for about 25 minutes or until it comes clean with a toothpick

  6. Slice into 12 bars and place on a cooling rack

  7. Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

The amount of liquid needed will depend on how absorbent your protein powder is and how much psyllium you use. 

These bars are great cold as well, leave them in the fridge for a few hours to firm up and get nice and dense!

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  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome September 14, 2017, 9:04 AM

    Ya got me at the triple chocolate part! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • clarice September 12, 2017, 1:57 PM

    wonderful recipe… 🙂

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner September 4, 2017, 1:12 PM

    Moving is the absolute worst! Love the oats and protein powder in here too

  • Jeri Glynn September 4, 2017, 10:36 AM

    You should’ve eaten these cookies before the move for extra energy! How fun to have a roomy…with your schedule it should workout perfectly. Happy Labor Day!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 4, 2017, 2:22 PM

      Haha that is true. They are great fuel for moving! We’ll see. I come back next week and it’ll be full time. So far so good on the weekends though. Happy Labor Day to you as well!

  • Farrah September 4, 2017, 10:01 AM

    These protein bars look great! 😀 They’ll be perfect for fall! (I’m planning to start baking again once the weather cools down a bit!)

    Aughh, more moving!? So sorry to hear! :[ After the madness that was my 4th year of medical school, I’m absolutely sick of moving and am hoping to stay in my current spot until I finish residency, haha. ._. I haven’t had any real roommates (4th year student housing/couchsurfing doesn’t count 😛 ) since grad school, but your new roommate sounds pretty nice so far! :] Best of luck to you!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 4, 2017, 2:21 PM

      Thank you! Yeah it’s still really hot down here too, but I like to eat these cold! I hope you try them out. They are super easy. Hopefully I’ll stay here for the rest of my residency as well. How is the beginning of yours going?!

      • Farrah September 15, 2017, 9:31 PM

        I hope it cools down a bit soon for you!
        Residency is going well! I’m loving second year so, so much more than intern year! *-* Way more freedom and rotations that I actually enjoy! 😛

        • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 17, 2017, 8:55 AM

          Yay! I’m so glad to hear that. Intern year definitely sucks. I essentially had to do it twice because of the speciality I’m in, but now I’m done with intern year and done with my first year. So now I am happy to finally be an upper level and it is so much better. At least because our primary call here during my first year was so brutal and now I’m no longer on primary. Definitely the best part.

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