Pumpkin Spice Protein Granola

Here is an easy and tasty holiday-inspired pumpkin recipe. Truthfully, I am not a huge fan of pumpkin treats. I kind of think they're overrated. Gasp! But this, my friends, is delicious and completely debunks my doubts on pumpkin recipes. This granola is incredibly versatile. Enjoy it as a cereal, have some with your favorite yogurt, sprinkle some on a salad, or just eat it by itself. It made my entire house smell like a pumpkin spice candle too, which I ain't mad about. 

Protein powder free and vegan options available in the notes section.
Gluten-Free, Paleo, 


3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
¾ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see notes)
1/3 cup maple syrup 
¼ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup canned pumpkin 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and coat with non-stick spray.

2. Place oats, seeds, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

3. Place remainder of the ingredients (except for the protein powder) in a separate, microwave safe, bowl and stir together. Heat mixture for about 30 seconds. Stir and heat for an additional 30 seconds.

4. Stir the protein powder into the liquid mixture until mixture is smooth.

5. Pour liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir, making sure everything is coated evenly.

6. Evenly spread granola mix onto sheet pan and bake in the oven for 40-44 minutes, stirring two times during the baking step.

Makes 12 servings
1 serving is about ¼ cup

Macros per serving

210 calories, 9.6g protein, 22.2g carbs, 10g fat, 6.7g sugar, 2.8g fiber

* Protein Powder Free Option: substitute protein powder with 1/4 cup powdered sugar or coconut sugar.
* Vegan Option: choose a vegan vanilla protein powder.

Soft Batch Dark Chocolate Protein Cookies


1 cup buckwheat flour (or whole wheat flour)
¼ dark cocoa powder
1 whole egg
¼ cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
¼ cup dark chocolate almond butter (or any chocolate nut butter)
3 tablespoons Vitacost liquid coconut oil (or melted coconut oil)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together egg, almond milk, almond butter, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.

3. Add flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, and xylitol in another mixing bowl.

4. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir together until well combined.

5. Using an ice cream scooper (or spoon), drop about 3-4 tablespoons of cookie dough onto sheet pan. Repeat this until 12 cookies are made. Slightly flatten each cookie.

6. Bake in the oven for 14 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Makes 12 servings
1 serving is 1 cookie

Macros for 1 serving
145 calories, 6.9g protein, 18.2g carbs, 7g fat, 1.6g sugar, 2.1g fiber

Protein S’mores Bars

Who doesn't love S'mores during the cooler weather days? Hell. Who doesn't love S'mores at all times? I think they are pretty perfect - gooey melty chocolate and marshmallow eaten with graham crackers. These bars aren't crunchy like the typical graham cracker, but the flavor is there! But let's not forget there is added protein in my treats along with healthier ingredients used to get the final sweet dish. Enjoy!


Graham Cracker Layer
2/3 cup oat flour
½ cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt
¼ cup xylitol
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup plain greek yogurt
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Top Layer
12 marshmallows, each cut/sliced in half
½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together syrup, yogurt, milk, egg whites, and vanilla until smooth.

3. Add remainder of the graham cracker layer ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until well combined.

4. Pour mixture into baking dish, evenly spread out and flatten to the bottom of pan, and bake in the oven for 24-28 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

5. Turn the oven broiler on. Top the cooked graham cracker layer with chocolate chips then marshmallows.

6. Cook bars again (under the broiler) until marshmallows are slightly browned on the top, about 2-3 minutes.

7. Slice into 16 even squares. Enjoy!

Makes 16 servings
1 serving is 1 square
Macros for 1 serving
131 calories, 7.7g protein, 16.3g carbs, 3.4g fat, 5.6g sugar, 2.3g fiber

Nicolette’s Tips
* When slicing the squares, spray the knife with non-stick spray so the melted marshmallows do not stick.
* Eat and enjoy right when the bars are done baking! You can store leftovers in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or oven.