Hey Guys! How’s your week going so far?
Mine is just okay. I was excited to start my sugar detox, but have been feeling a little wonky in terms of digestion all week. I’m a little disappointed because I was hoping to start feeling really great from doing the detox, especially with the Boston 10K coming up. But I’m just not. Hopefully this passes and I feel great race day.
Last night the cravings for something sweet really hit me right about when my husband popped onto the couch with a bowl of
pure sugary goodness Ben & Jerry’s. Thank you, dearest.
I tried my hand at making a “healthy cookie.” I’m not usually a recipe experimenter, but apparently when my cravings strike, I will do anything. Last sugar detox, I came up with Peanut Butter & Jelly Pudding, which really hit the spot for me.
I attempted to make what I guess I’d call Peanut Butter Pumpkin Protein Bites. They were totally edible and fine. Just not nearly as sweet as I wanted. Since they weren’t a total flop, I figured I’d share the recipe.
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and protein powder together until smooth. Add a dash of nutmeg and a couple of good shakes of cinnamon.
3. Add oats, stirring until coated with wet mixture. Add nuts last and milk if the mixture is still too dry.
4. Drop batter onto pan to form “cookie” shaped bites or roll into balls. The batter will not expand, so whatever shape you make it what you get.
5. Add a dash of cinnamon to the tops of the bites. Bake for 15 minutes.
Now – don’t get mad when you realize these are not super sweet. I warned you! That’s why I couldn’t call them cookies. Because that would just be cruel.
I found myself wanting to eat more of these because the consistency was really good. I found them extremely filling though. They’re packed with fiber with the oats and pumpkin combined.
I really thought they’d be sweeter, but the taste is not bad. It’s just not chocolate – what I’m really craving! You could definitely add some brown sugar or honey to these to sweeten them up or even some chocolate chips. I also think a mashed banana would have added a lot of natural sweetness. Maybe I’ll play with this recipe some more later.
I think they make a good healthy treat option or even a good quick breakfast with some coffee.
CAN I PACK YET?
On another note, I’m getting really excited for my trip next week! Whenever vacations are coming, I get so excited about them that I get in vacation mode way too soon.
I’ve already made a packing list, and will honestly probably start packing tonight. Because I like to plan. And it always seems that if I don’t set aside some outfits, something I really want to wear will be dirty.
And since the hubby is taking me to The Melting Pot, I definitely need to plan an outfit in advance for that. Right? I like to justify my extreme-planning. Please encourage me more 😉
Questions for You:
- Do treats need to be super-sweet for you to enjoy them? Or do you like savory treats too?
- Are you a pack-the-week-before or pack-the-night-before kind of person?