Thursday, September 26, 2013

PB Pumpkin Protein Balls

The weather is getting colder, we're starting to get to that time of year when we get to eat squash on the regular! Well... some of us eat it year round, but now it's seasonal-ish!!!

Pumpkin butter at breakfast, kabocha at lunch on Tuesday...

Pumpkin butter for breakfast again and kabocha at dinner!

Mmmmmm.... fall, a time where everything starts to roll out with pumpkin flavors.


I so completely WISH that it were only 367 burpees for a pumpkin spice latte! I've never measured it, but I'm guessing it would be much much more than that.

THANKFULLY, PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) are an easy thing to make a smidgen healthier.

  1. Get half the syrup. If I remember correctly from my days working at Starbucks, there are 3 pumps of syrup in a tall drink, 4 pumps in a grande, and 5 or 6 in a venti. Just ask for 1, 2, or 3.
  2. Skip the whip. What goes into Starbucks whipped cream is absolutely delicious...but not the best stuff for you.
  3. Go down a size! If it's just a treat you're after, you don't need 20 ounces of it!

PSL aside... actually, now I can't stop thinking about them...

BUT WAIT, I have a similar treat for you!!!!!

Introducing the PB Pumpkin Protein Ball!

Cute as a button, no? :D

I wanted a nice creamy pumpkin treat last night. I didn't put it in the digest, forgive me...I wanted it to be a surprise.

PB Pumpkin Protein Balls (makes 19 balls)

1/2 C I.M. Healthy Soynut Butter (you can use real peanut butter, but your nutrition info will be different a smidgen different)
1/2 C Libby's pure canned pumpkin (mmmmmmmmmmm)
2 scoops Optimum Nutrition Creamy Vanilla Casein (if you use a different powder, your nutrition into will be a bit different)
3 T unsweetened shredded coconut (I get mine from Whole Foods out of the bulk bin)

That's all that goes in them. Well... double the amount of PB and pumpkin shown :)

Mix the ingredients with a stand mixer or by hand until completely combined.
Scoop with a tablespoon and form into 19 little balls on a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet.
Chill the balls in the fridge for at least 1 hr.
Keep chilled until you enjoy them!

They look SO ORANGE in the fridge
Nutrition Info per ball (I got this by entering the ingredients in MyFitnessPal)
60 calories, 3.1g carbs, 3.6g fat, 4.2g protein

I gobbled up two for dessert last night.

If you make them, let me know what you thought in the comment section!

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