With Thanksgiving this week I’m posting this recipe early so I can take a few days off to spend some much needed quality time with Mr. Fantabulous. This time of year we give thanks to the many gifts bestowed upon us, I being no exception. I’m so blessed that words elude me.
I’m thankful for my amazing husband who loves me unconditionally and has made all my dreams come true. I’m thankful for my family and my friends who have made my world that much more better. I’m thankful for my TKW family as I’ve seen it grow from just a handful of people to worldwide phenom! These peopel are amazing and make me a better person! I’m thankful to our men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect me, us and our country. I’m thankful for the wonderful success The Kitchen Whisperer has had this past year. It truly has been amazing. And I’m thankful to my friends, no… my family at SI03 and their AMAZING Syntrax Protein Powders. They believe in me, my brand and the recipes I create with their products.
This week, we all know that Thanksgiving is a day to put on the fat pants (trust me, I have mine already out!), let our hair down and chow down on some amazing foods. Keep in mind sure you can indulge and have that extra slice of pie if you want but… you still need to eat healthy be conscious of everything you eat. So yeah, you’ll have to work out maybe a little harder and longer but it’s okay. Life is about balance! Eating healthy doesn’t mean not eating at all or eating sticks and hay. Food is meant to be enjoyed, savored!
Take for example these Protein Packed Pumpkin Cream Spice Power Balls. They are packed with protein, ridiculously easy to make AND they are no bake! You can tweak them to your liking as well! What I love about these is they taste all dessertish BUT they are healthy and packed with protein and other yummy good-for-you stuff!
Oh yeah, did I mention they were GLUTEN FREE TOO???
Now these little puppies are probably my favorite go-to snack. And with it being Thanksgiving, EVERYTHING Is pumpkin flavored. I mean coffee, chocolate, cake, cookies, tea, pop tarts, potato chips (yes, potato chips), ice cream and so forth. Sure those things are good (well okay not all of them – I have issues with a few of them – the chips man, pumpkin flavored chips just aren’t right) BUT they aren’t exactly healthy!
These are though! These are healthy and so flippin’ delicious that it’s okay if you eat 2 or 3 but I’m telling you, they are super filling!
I’ve been taking a few of these with me to the gym as my post workout snack. They smell amazing and the taste is just pure awesome! With these I keep a huge plastic baggie in the freezer and just snack on them that way. Or you can just keep them in the fridge. I wouldn’t leave them set out as they may get too soft.
Also with these, you can easily make them into any shape you want! Go for the balls or make bars. Heck make them shaped like pumpkins if you are so inclined. Just make them! Your tummy will thank you!
So from my kitchen to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!Print
- 3 cuts rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup oat flour (see note on how to make this)
- 1/3 cup Syntrax Nectars Sweets Vanilla Bean Torte
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup pecans, rough chopped
- 1/2 cup Instant fat free regular or vanilla coffee creamer, powdered only
- Optional add-ins or coatings
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- Place all ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle blade and blend until incorporated.
- Taste for seasoning.
- Scoop out a 1” piece of the mixture (about 2 heaping Tablespoons)
- With damp hands, roll into round balls.
- At this point you can coat them with coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.
- Place on parchment lined tray.
- Place in the fridge for at least one hour.
- To make into bars line a 9×13” pan with parchment paper.
- Empty the mixture into the pan and using a spatula spread it out and press down firm. I actually took a 2nd piece of parchment paper and laid that on top then used the bottom of a measuring cup to compact it.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
- Remove from the fridge, cut into bars and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Place 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in the food processor and pulse/pulverize until you have a powder. This will make 1 cup oat flour