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Give your protein bars a fall makeover with these 7 pumpkin recipes


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Fall means changing foliage, sweater weather, and figuring out how to incorporate pumpkin into as many meals, drinks, and even lipsticks as possible.

pumpkin pancake recipe might be perfect for a dreamy weekend morning, but there are a number of other breakfast options that incorporate the seasonal spice for when you need some post-workout fuel between your a.m. sweat sesh and your board meeting at work.

Recipes abound for protein-filled pumpkin bars that are ideal for busy #bossbabes.

PSLs aren’t the only way to satisfy your pumpkin craving. Put more fall squash into your breakfast with the recipes below.

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1. Paleo Blueberry Pumpkin Breakfast Bars

This bar combines the best part of a muffin (the fruity filling) with the best part of a granola bar (the nutty, crunchy base).

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2. Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Bars

You can have your pumpkin spice latte and eat it, too. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, high in protein, and free of added sugars—all while packing in the trendy PSL flavor.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Paleo Protein Bars

Even for the most seasoned meal-preppers, the enticing vibe of a hygge-fied bedroom makes spending time in the kitchen less appealing. These protein bars (with collagen peptides!) take only 20 minutes to make, which leaves you more time for doing cozy things.

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4. Toasted Quinoa, Dried Fig, And Dark Chocolate Nut-Free Granola Bars

Nut allergy? No problem. These bars will energize your mornings with a combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax, chia, quinoa, and oats.

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5. Healthy No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Latte Bars

This bar is pretty much a catchall for dietary restrictions (and is fully PSL-ed). It’s gluten-free, vegan, paleo, dairy-free, and grain-free.

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6. Pumpkin Maca Protein Bars

This recipe (developed by a FlyWheel instructor) has two star ingredients: pumpkin (#obvi) and maca. The adaptogen is known for its ability to decrease stress and increase energy—perfect for a pre-class power snack.

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7. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Yogurt Bars

Turns out you can actually sleep in and still get your pumpkin-pancake fix without slaving over the griddle. These baked bars are gluten-free, but you can easily adjust the recipe to use wheat flour instead.

Fully embrace your love of pumpkin by making a healthy PSL at home and by whipping up a maple-pumpkin almond butter