Cardamom Pistachio Protein Bars – Sugar Free Energy!

16 bars
30 min

Flavor-packed Cardamom Pistachio Protein Bars for a healthy sweet post-workout treat. These cardamom pistachio bars are sugar-free, oil-free, low fat, low calorie and give a great boost of energy!

I’d had the cardamom pistachio concept on my recipe list for a while, and here’s finally getting to it. Definitely worth the wait!

Perfect cardamom flavot with the deep pistachio there – a really amazing combination!

Ingredients for Cardamom Pistacio Protein Bars

These cardamom pistacio protein bars are made with a few healthy ingredients, have no sugar and are gluten free too. An overall great pistachio protein dessert!

  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • Vanilla Protein Powder needed for high protein bars and also replaces most of the ‘sugar’.
  • I used Vanilla protein powder from HTLT Supps since it’s a whey-caesin and works best for baking.
  • Unflavored Protein Powder to replace some of the flour (and carbs) in the recipe for a slightly lower carb high protein recipe. I used a whey-caesin blend from Quest Nutrition.
  • 1:1 Zero Calorie Brown Sugar Substitute – I use Lakanto, to keep this recipe sugar free; (code HAYLSKITCHEN for a discount here too.
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • A bit of Vanilla Extract
  • An Egg

And then for the cardamom pistachio flavor on these baked protein bars:

  • Ground Cardamom
  • Chopped Pistachios

Cardamom Pistachio Protein Bars – Sugar Free Energy!
Recipe details
  • 16  bars
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2/3 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, 80g, see post for sub
  • 1/3 cup Unflavored Protein Powder, Whey-Caesin, 30g
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder, Whey-Caesin, 45g
  • 1 Tbsp Cardamom, Ground
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce, 120g
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 60ml
  • 6 Tbsp Non-fat Greek Yogurt, 84g
  • 2 Tbsp Zero Calorie Brown Sugar Replacement, 24g
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Pistachios without shell, Chopped, 84g

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8” x 8” baking dish with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk whole wheat pastry flour, vanilla protein powder, unflavored protein powder and cardamom.
In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, milk, Greek yogurt, brown sugar substitute, egg and vanilla extract.
Add dry mix to wet, and gently stir until just starting to mix.DO NOT OVER-MIX or protein powder will make the bars gummy.
Add chopped pistachios(reserve few for the top) fold to combine.Do not over-mix.
Transfer to baking pan, top with more pistachios and bake for about 18-20 minutes.Top should be set and toothpick inserted into the center should come out dry.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.Slice into 16 bars.
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Haylee Jane Monteiro
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