Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Protein Bites

Yep, back on the pumpkin wagon! I guess I never really fell off. But you all know how I feel about my bites and I couldn’t let pumpkin season pass without making a new bite. These are different than my other bites though.. the base is a bit out of the ordinary. Usually I use gobs of peanut butter but this time I went for a different legumebeans.

Before you click the big “X” in the corner, hear me out. When you blend up beans, they become super creamy and because northern beans are mild in flavor, they easily take on the flavor of whatever you mix them with. On top of that, beans are a great source of iron, fiber, potassium, and protein. Sounds like a pretty good base now, huh?

Pumpkin Protein Bites

Makes 55 bites

Pumpkin Protein Bites | Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1 can northern beans; drained and rinsed
– 3/4 cup pumpkin [not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/2 cup pumpkin protein flour [I used MyOatmeal PB Lean but you can sub regular peanut flour]
– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder [optional—can sub coconut flour or more peanut flour; I used Vega Vanilla Performance Protein]
– 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 5 Trader Joe’s cinnamon graham crackers; crushed [can sub another graham cracker, but will only need 2 1/2 – 3]

Directions
Place beans and canned pumpkin in a blender or food processor and blend until totally smooth. Remove the mixture from the blender and hand mix in the rest of the ingredients except the graham cracker. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes.

After the mixture has cooled, it should be sticky, but easier to roll. In a medium bowl, crush up your graham crackers. Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out and roll your bites in the graham cracker crumbs. Place the bites in an air tight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Nutritional Information
Per 1/2 tbsp bite

20 Calories / 1g Fat / 3g Carbs / 1g Sugar / 1g Fiber / 1g Protein

Pumpkin Protein Bites | Barr & Table

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Food for Thought

Have you ever made sweets with beans?

What I Ate Wednesday #79: Ravenous

I may not have caught up on my sleep, but I definitely made up for my lack-luster workout on Monday. I put together a killer full body workout that I’m hoping to share with you this week. I was set on really working up a sweat yesterday and I knew by taking my time, I’d be able to make it through no problem. Mind over matter.

That said, this workout made me absolutely ravenous for the entire day. That’s the sign of a good one!

Breakfast

MyOatmeal Wedding Blend Almond Milk

Frothy coffee is the best.

I could hardly get this breakfast made fast enough! I cook the egg whites before the oats and I’m pretty sure I ate at least half of them before adding the rest back in. It was also the last of my Wedding Blend oats.. darn they were tasty. And I’m in love with my frother. I can’t have a non-frothy cup of coffee anymore!

Lunch

Hoisin Crackers Sweet Potato Tots Sriracha

Don’t be fooled by the perfect-looking egg.

Popcorn Indiana Aged White Cheddar

I’m a fan of pre-portioned snacks.. otherwise I’d eat 12 servings 😉

I was already heating up the oven to get my sweet potato tots nice and crispy, so I figured I’d also just throw an egg into a pan and get that in the oven too. Easy, right? Except when you want a runny yolk and forget that it’s in the oven.. so while this egg looks great, the yolk was wayyy too well done. Still tasted awesome with my leftover hoisin crackers from Monday’s dinner. Cheesy popcorn goes with the peanut sauce, for sure.

Afternoon Snack

Goji Ginger Reeds Kombucha

Booch and blankets.

Vanilla Almond Crunch Quest Bar

Another winning flavor!

I retreated to the sofa for the afternoon and tried to space out my snacks a little bit. Reed’s has quickly become one of my favorite brands of kombucha and I’m loving trying so many flavors of Quest bars since my win! This one was another good one, but definitely not as good as Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Double Chocolate Chunk. Obviously I baked it for about 10 mins and added some coconut cashew butter on top.

Dinner

Chipotle Cherry Pork Tenderloin Brussels Sprout Wheat Berry Salad

I realize now that the sauce on the pork is not the prettiest sight.

Pork tenderloin is so easy and I love making it in the cast iron pan. The chipotle-cherry sauce [I almost always swap cherry for cranberry] was really good.. a little spicy, a little sweet. And I could never get tired of a brussels sprout wheat berry salad.

Night Cap
A little port wine.. you know, to help me sleep, obviously. Nathan insisted that I have a piece of dark chocolate to go with. I didn’t fight him 😉

I finally got my appetite suppressed as I went through the day but boy was I hungry! Now let’s cross our fingers that I have more energy today.

Giveaway Winner

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Food for Thought

What’s your favorite meal of the day?
How do you satisfy your hunger on bottomless pit days?

Wedding Blend Oatmeal

Have you entered my LÄRABAR giveaway yet?

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a new product from My Oatmeal through Fit Approach. Being the serious oatmeal lover that I am, I was pretty darn excited. And not only was I excited to try my own custom blend of oatmeal, I was happy to be supporting a great cause. The mission statement from their website states:

Our mission at MyOatmeal.com is simple.
We want to help our community and my fellow man. we will do this by donating gourmet oatmeal to various organizations that aid in natural disaster recovery.
We will also donate healthy oatmeal to non profit groups that make it their business to improve the lives of the people in their communities.
We will make it our priority to seek out, and support those groups and individuals that value family, community, our country our planet and our future by whatever means we have at our disposal via the MyOatmeal.com company.
Our mission is to make the world better, and encourage others to do the same.
One bag of healthy oatmeal at a time.

I couldn’t wait to jump in and start creating my custom blend. First up, you choose which size bag you want. Next you choose your oats; they have it all from instant, steel cut, gluten-free, and their signature smash blend. I opted for the signature smash blend which is a mixture of the 5 grain and steel cut oats. I figure if it’s their signature, it must be good, right?

Step 3 is where the real fun starts. Time to choose your flavors and add-ins!

MyOatmeal-CustomCheck out all of those flavors! It was so hard for me to choose, but when I saw Bananas Foster, I had to go for it. I also added in golden raisins, chipped coconut, quinoa flakes, and sliced almonds. Not exactly a traditional bananas foster, but I’m not a traditional gal. I also really liked that the nutritional information updated in real-time so anytime you check a box, the stats change.

Once you’ve chosen all of your flavorings, add-ins, etc, you get to name your blend. I named mine “Wedding Blend” since we had a bananas foster cake topper. Pretty cute, huh? 😉 Then you just sit back and wait.

MyOatmeal Custom Wedding Blend

My first oatmeal concoction was my pretty much my go-to. Except instead of adding banana into the oats, I saved it for the top. Usually, I’ll add half when I’m cooking the oats to give it some sweetness but since this was already flavored, I held off.

MyOatmeal Custom Wedding Blend Breakfast

In the bowl: custom oatmeal blend, egg whites, 1/2 sliced banana [because you can never have too much banana], homemade maple sunflower butter, homemade coconut cashew butter, The Good Bean chocolate chickpeas, and cinnamon.

The result? Delicious! I love all of the different flavors [is that rum?!] that the bananas foster gives to the oatmeal. It’s definitely a bit different from my normal oats and I would definitely go back to try more. Can you imagine peanut butter s’mores oatmeal? YES!

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your breakfast [or brinner] and support a great cause, I’d definitely recommend giving MyOatmeal a shot.

MyOatmeal

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried a custom oatmeal blend?

Disclaimer: I was provided 1 lb. of customized oatmeal from MyOatmeal.com as part of a campaign run by Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions are my own.