FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Skinny Pumpkin Energy Bites

Happy Friday! This weekend, we have a huge race in the Tampa area called Gasparilla. It is part of a two month-long celebration of the fictitious pirate invasion of our fair city. In reality, it is an excuse for a bunch of adults to get drunk and party ๐Ÿ™‚ I have not participated in the revelry in many years, but I do run the race almost every year. We are doing the 15K tomorrow!

I know Fall is over and we are heading into spring, but I will ask that you bear with me as I share one more pumpkin recipe with you! I made these for a talk I gave at Nutrition Smart on Heart Healthy Nutrition. They were a huge hit! Almost every ingredient is good for your heart health!

Oatmeal (steel cut) – soluble fiber, helps lower cholesterol
Pumpkin puree – 7 grams of fiber per cup
Wheat germ – high in fiber, no cholesterol, contains phytosterols that can help lower cholesterol
Honey –ย can lower risk of heart disease
Cinnamon –ย anti-inflammatory

Skinny Pumpkin Energy Bites
by Shugary Sweets
Nutritional Info
85 calories, 2g fat, 10g sugar, 16mg carbs, 0mg cholesterol

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate morsels

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined, Scoop into one inch balls. Store in refrigerator in airtight container.
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