Have Your Pie & Eat It Too
Just when I thought Fall was here to stay, good old September reminded us that summer isn’t quite over yet! Our weekly forecast is showing temperatures in the mid-eighties for the entire week. Not exactly the most fitting weather for pumpkin treats, but once you break open the pumpkin spice, there’s no turning back.
For us, Sundays in the fall always consist of a long workout, a big brunch, and lots of football. I love having time to try a few new recipes, get the photography done, and of course write to all of you. It’s a pretty perfect day in my book. The only thing that might make it just a bit better, is pumpkin pie. I am a sucker for a good pie, but nothing is quite like a great pumpkin pie. My birthday falls in the very beginning of October and I’ve always requested a pumpkin pie instead of cake for my birthday. I love any kind of dessert that is sweet, without being too sweet, and spicy without being too savory – makes total sense right?! So, pretty much any pumpkin dessert.
Saturday is our traditional treat day and Sunday is the start of our week of healthy eats, which is very hard during football season! I could just lounge and eat pumpkin pie while watching football all.day.long. But I don’t and won’t, simply because I love eating really delicious and nutritious foods 6/7 days a week. I’m not restricting myself or saying no to dessert because “I think I’m fat” – I’m making choices based on what my body craves, needs, and uses best. Luckily, healthy foods can be really freaking delicious, and yes – even taste just like pumpkin pie. Anything healthy, yet sweet-tooth satisfying during the week, is a win win in my eyes!
These Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites will have you thinking you just had a slice of the real deal. Minus the sluggish, bloated, and sleepy feeling that sugar-filled pie might give you. These are made with 100% all natural ingredients and don’t require any added sugars. The added protein is a great way to up the nutrition content, keep you feeling satisfied longer, and even replenish your muscles post-workout. Similarly, the pecans add a healthy source of fat and protein, as well as a delicious nutty texture and flavor. I added in a cup of rolled oats for a kick of complex carbs and added fiber. These protein bites are the all-in-one, healthy treat that your Sunday needs!
Spiced Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites
What You Will Need
- 10-12 pitted dates
- 1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Simply add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend on medium/high, scooping sides down occasionally. Mix until thick and creamy or the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the blender.
Chill and set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling into balls. *This recipe is a bit more tacky because of the pumpkin puree and needs to set/harden slightly before rolling*
Roll into one inch balls or “bites” and enjoy! This recipe makes roughly 18-22 balls, depending on how small/large you roll them. I prefer to keep these in the freezer for a harder, fudge like consistency. This will also help to keep them fresher, longer!