Because it’s not actually December yet, is it okay that I’m still doing the pumpkin thing?
‘Cause I’m for sure not over it yet…#sorrynotsorry. There’s just something about pumpkin pie spices – the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger – that make me feel all cozy and ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving was such a wonderful start to the season, and now I’m ready to start counting down until Christmas! I’m not gonna lie to you, I listened to Christmas music during my commute this morning and alllllll day at work…and maybe during my workout, too. Swear, it makes working out SO much more fun.
In any case, these little bites are perfect for treating yourself after your Christmas-music-fueled workout because they’re made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree (whaddup fiber), only 1/3 cup of sugar for the whole recipe, and just a few mini chocolate chips to satisfy a sweet tooth. So, when all you want to do is shovel in some Christmas cookies, try reaching for these instead. I’d say about 4 is a good amount to have to without feeling an ounce of guiltiness. Besides, #treatyoself! Just do so in a way that won’t derail all your health goals before our next holiday feast, yeah? 😉
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites
(adapted from this recipe)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter or Earth Balance, melted
heaping 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, and salt until well combined.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add in the brown sugar and mix until the lumps are gone.
3. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.
4. Form the dough into 1in cookie balls and refrigerate for at least one hour. Enjoy!
Have a wonderful week!!!