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Candy Bar-Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan, GF, High-Protein)

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I finished my last final of Winter quarter today! WOOOOO YEAH BABY. Spring Break finally! If you're currently in college or have been, then you probably know the feeling of finals-week-exhaustion, followed by pure, blissful relief when that one last (annoying) final is FINALly over. 

Ahh, joy. 

Clouds covered the sky as I made my way back to my apartment, a sight that induced even more joy because there are few things I love more than clouds + music + cookie-baking. 

Oh, but these are no ordinary cookies, my friends. No - these are high-protein, chocolate-PB-protein bar stuffed pumpkin cookies, free of oil, refined sugar, dairy, and gluten. BAM. What a way to end the week.

Yes, I know I'm not a "normal" college girl because I didn't spend the first day of spring break out at the beach with friends, but I really could care less. I got me a mouthful of cookies instead :)

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P.S. if you've never had a Squarebar, change that NOW by clicking here. Seriously, these organic protein bars taste like all my favorite childhood candies (I was a chocolate-girl, not a sweet/sour girl) bundled up into perfectly re-made, healthy alternatives. I chop them up for nice cream (see ya later, Dairy Queen), snack on them for dessert, aaaaaaand stuff them inside cookies :) 

Makes about 14 small cookies

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or other unrefined sugar) 
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. flax seed meal + 5 tbsp. water)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 scoop protein powder
1-2 protein bars (I used a chocolate coated PB SquareBar), chopped
Coconut oil, for the pan
Optional: extra chocolate chips, cacao nibs, nuts, for stuffing

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and a light coating of coconut oil.
  2. Stir together the first 4 ingredients until combined and set aside. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flours and protein powder and slowly add to the wet ingredients. 
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheet and place a piece of the protein powder (and any extra add-ins) in the center of each portion. Top with an additional small scoop of dough to "close" each cookie so that the protein bar inside isn't peeking out. 
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Let them cool slightly, and then dig in! 
  6. Enjoy! 

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