It’s beginning to look a lot like….autumn!
Okay, not quite look like, but feel like autumn!
For someone who loathes heat with a PASSION, I’m greatly enjoying this dip in the temperatures we’re experiencing here in Corsicana. I know that the real autumn chill is a solid month away that I am anticipating with great enthusiasm, yet this little reprieve certainly gets me in the autumnal spirit.
Cue the pumpkin recipe…
If you’re one of those folks that rolls their eyes at the overwhelming amount of pumpkin-flavored foods that emerge in the fall, we may need a little break these next few months (at least about once a week). Knowing everyone isn’t as loco for pumpkin as I am, I will TRY to contain my enthusiasm to only one post a week (or two if I have enough self-restraint).
As I confessed to y’all weeks ago, I’m a sucker for cookie dough, cake batter, brownie batter, or things of that nature. From chunks of dough plopped on my froyo to licking the wooden spoon while baking, I have a hard time resisting the buttery, eggy, doughy goodness.
With all of that said, I’m also an adult that knows better than eating an entire tube of cookie dough. Been there, done that, got that trophy (plus the accompanied guilt and blood-sugar bonanza).
That’s why I have started embracing my love of cookie dough and fitting into my jeans by creating these protein bites. Not too long ago, I shared my chocolate chip cookie dough protein bites with y’all, and they still are one of my go-to snacks. However, after experimenting with some pumpkin recipes over the weekend, I had a pretty full can of pumpkin left and begging me to transform it into something magically delicious (no, not Lucky Charms).
These little snackable beauties come together in minutes, maybe five total if you have find a can opener and open the pumpkin can. A little protein powder, a little nut butter, a little pumpkin…you’re on your way to a high-protein, low-carb, sugar-free snack that is perfect for a pre-workout, post-workout, or after-dinner somethin somethin.
Did I mention how easy these are? No cooking required. Just dump ingredients into a bowl, mix with a spoon, and form into small spheres of magic. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to nosh.
Being someone who thinks chocolate is one of the main food groups, I tossed in one of my child-sized handfuls of dark chocolate chips. Dried cranberries, hazelnuts, or shredded coconut would also be mighty tasty in these.
And let’s be real, if you overindulge on these pumpkin bites, you won’t be doing much harm at all. So go ahead, eat a few. Live a little.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!