Pumpkin Apricot Protein Bars

Another healthy Fall treat to get you in the mood for the holidays! Best news besides it being SO healthy?  It’s EASY … no fuss, no mess and no bake. Just what busy Moms are looking for during this season where every second counts! 

A couple of quick steps, refrigerate for 30-40 minutes or so and as fast as you can shout “pumpkin” {well almost!} your healthy bars are ready to cut up and eat! Now that’s good reason to FALL in love with this recipe!

Pumpkin Apricot Protein Bars

1/4 cup Shaklee Energizing Soy Van 
1/4 cup Shaklee Life Shake … Vanilla {or Pumpkin Spice – seasonal flavor}
1 cup oats – uncooked
1 teas cinnamon
1/4 cup flaxseed
1/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp  vanilla
2/3 cup chopped apricots and/or cranberries

Combine oats,Energizing Soy, Life Shake, flaxseed powder and chopped fruit in large bowl. Set aside.  Heat honey on stove top until almost boiling.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, until smooth. Add pumpkin, and vanilla. Immediately add honey mixture to dry ingredients until well mixed. {If too dry add a little water or milk to soften} Refrigerate for 20-25 minutes. Press into 8 X 8 square pan. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until firm. Cut into squares or bars and serve.  Store bars in airtight container in refrigerator. Makes 12 delicious and nutritious energy bars … more if you cut into smaller pieces.

Use Instant Protein in place of Life Shake or Energizing Soy for a less sweet bar
Use almond butter instead of peanut butter
Use cranberries in place of apricots
Add chopped nuts if desired

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