Satisfying your sweet tooth is something we all need to do once in awhile. When I am trying to be “game on” with my eating habits, sometimes I am afraid to give in to my sweet tooth. The reason is that when I have one piece of a chocolate bar, etc. I am usually left wanting more!! As a personal trainer I am always looking for ways that I can continue on my path to better health so that I can have the experience to help others with their journey! This past Sunday, I decided to get the majority of my meals prepared for myself and my family. I spent the better half of the day preparing soup, meals to freeze and bake later, etc. I wanted to try this recipe that I found for “Pumpkin Protein Cookies.” I know….healthy cookies…….they are going to taste like cardboard, right? My son, Brent, was the first to try them and I was surprised when he said, “Wow! These actually taste good. I wasn’t expecting that!” My oldest son is pretty honest and lets me know if he doesn’t like what I prepare. So, now I have a great recipe to share with all of you and the best part is that they have the protein to help keep you satisfied and not a lot of bad ingredients! I brought some in for the clients this morning and they all seemed to enjoy them as well! Plus….SCORE one for Mom to have a healthy dessert for the munchkins and the adults!
Pumpkin Protein Cookies
Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet.
~4 cups of oats (blend in food processor until you get a flour-like substance) ~2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I used Dream Protein which you can purchase locally from Dr. Khristi Kennedy Otto at Appleton Chiropractic) ~1 tsp baking soda ~1 tsp baking powder ~1/4 tsp salt ~1 tsp pumpkin pie spice ~1/2 tsp ground nutmeg ~1 tsp cinnamon ~1/4 cup granulated stevia
Stir dry ingredients together and then add:
~1 small can pumpkin (15oz) ~1/4 cup applesauce ~1 egg ~2 egg whites ~1 tsp vanilla ~1/3 bag (90grams) of milk chocolate chips
Stir together until all dry ingredients are absorbed. Drop by the teaspoonful onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Makes 35 cookies.