Mini Protein Pumpkin Pies

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This is another Quest bar recipe, so any Quest haters out there (do you exist?) please turn back now. I realize this is the second Quest bar post in a row, and not only that, but specifically the Cinnamon Roll Quest bar. But this one is a real winner and I’m not sorry one bit to be using a “processed-food” when the macros and taste are so incredible. These four mini pumpkin pies contain over 25 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar from the Quest bar, and taste like real pumpkin pie!

I recently went through a two month period of medications that caused more weight gain than I would have liked. Easter didn’t help matters, I binged on sweets the whole day and justified it by saying “I already gained 10 pounds, what’s 5 more”. Well luckily I didn’t literally gain 15 pounds, but I was still disgusted with myself the following day. I had to get back on track, so I made a (totally rational) impromptu decision book a cruise for the middle of May. That gave me 6 weeks to lose the weight I had gained and then some. It’s been three weeks and I’m happy to say that my body has already returned to its original state and I’m expecting my “best body ever” by the time the cruise comes. I don’t compete, so this is one of the first times I’ve had a real goal-date in mind, and it really helps motivate my fork-put-downs. :)

My lifts haven’t suffered because I’ve still been lifting heavy 5 days a week with an extra cardio and core day on the weekends. I have a minimum requirement of 120g protein per day, and Quest bars are almost always the way I get that last 20g!

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I’m a huge fan of desserts, but they never fit into my macros even on IIFYM because I need to keep my protein high, carbs moderate, and calories relatively low on a cut. This is where Quest comes in: high protein, low carb, high fiber, and over 20 amazingly delicious flavors to choose from. I’m a fan of all the Quest bar flavors, but the Cinnamon Roll bar is fantastic to bake with because it doesn’t have any “chunks” and makes a smooth, flawless crust. The Cinnamon Roll bar is also part of the natural line of Quest bars sweetened with Stevia instead of sucralose. When baked and then cooled, the bar becomes firm and holds the pie crust shape perfectly. The pumpkin filling is low carb and sweetened with Erythritol, however any sweetener can be substituted. These low carb, high protein pies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the night without sabotaging your macros. I’m in love <3

Mini Protein Pumpkin Pies

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
These mini pumpkin pies taste like a treat but are actually low carb and packed with over 25 grams of protein!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cinnamon Roll Quest Bar (any Quest bar will work)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder (6g)
  • 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin (36g)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons egg whites (16g)
  • 1 Tablespoon Erythritol (or sweetner of choice)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (1g)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract (4g)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray (only 4 spaces will be filled).
3. Place a piece of saran wrap on a plate, then put the Quest bar on the saran wrap and microwave for 15 seconds.
4. Tear the Quest bar into four equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten with your hands. Form the flattened pieces into "pie crust" shapes in the four sprayed mini muffin tins.
5. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
6. Carefully spoon the pumpkin mixture equally into each of the four pie crusts.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Allow the pies to cool for at least 10 minutes in the muffin tin before removing. Removing them too soon could cause the crusts to tear.
9. If desired, top your mini pies with cream cheese, pecans, or whipped cream!

 

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