Pumpkin Maple Cashew Granola

This granola is perfect for fall and makes a great healthy snack. This recipe is filled with flavors of fall. It is also wonderful because it has pumpkin in it! Pumpkin makes fall extra special and I try to incorporate pumpkin into everything that I can–especially since there are only few weeks left where pumpkin is allowed in recipes!
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Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Crunchy, healthy, sweet and perfect for fall!

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1/2-1 cup raw cashews

3 Tbsp sugar

¼ tsp of sea salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I also added an extra dish cinnamon)

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp. honey

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the oats, cashews, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the butter, maple syrup, honey and pumpkin puree and whisk. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets (or bake in two batches) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip with a spatula after the first ten minutes of baking. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir as it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pans at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.
  4. Once the granola is golden brown (usually about 25 minutes), remove from oven and let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container. Should keep fresh for a couple weeks. Enjoy with as cereal, or a yogurt topper, or just as a snack!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2016/11/pumpkin-maple-cashew-granola/

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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When 3:00PM rolls around…I need a snack. My snacks are usually always pretty healthy and involve a granola bar or fruit. These energy bites make the perfect little snack wherever you may be. These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day! You also have nothing to feel guilty so fill up on this healthy treat the next time your in need of a snack. I also like to top mine off with some sprinkles because why not?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

35 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day!

Ingredients

1/3 cup almond butter

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp raisins

Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  2. 2. Add in cinnamon and oats and mix until it is combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into bite size pieces. Mix in some sprinkles if you want to make it look extra delicious 🙂
  3. Place back in refrigerator until you want to snack on em’. ENJOY!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/03/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-dough-energy-bites/

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Banana Maple Chia Overnight Oats

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Overnights are my new favorite thing these days! Eating healthy is also a favorite of mine too. I run at least 3 miles everyday right when I wake up..I’ve noticed it really keeps me energized and refreshed all throughout the day. It also motivates me to fuel my body with fresh and nutritious foods throughout the day. Since breakfast is such a quick ‘grab-n-go’ kinda thing for me, these oats make it easy to eat healthy on the run. There is tons of fiber to keep ya feeling full until lunch–there is also NO sugar, so these little oats are naturally sweet 🙂
I also love mason jars and this is one of the many reasons why. They are just so cute and convenient. If you don’t have mason jars you could also use simple containers or even bowls.

Ingredients:
1 cup of uncooked oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp sugar free maple syrup
1/2 banana; sliced

Steps:
1. Combine all ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon. Spoon oatmeal into mason jars and top with favorite fruit and/or nuts. Let sit overnight in fridge and enjoy the next morning!
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Skinny Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

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I said it once and I’ll say it again…I love pumpkin! I haven’t had pumpkin pie this season (yet) so I decided to make a lighter and healthier miniature version of these little pies. This skinny version of pumpkin pies are moist and have the same flavor of pumpkin pie…They are packed with flavor and are perfectly light and fluffy in every bite.

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce package) of low-fat whipped cream cheese; softened or at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin; plain
2 eggs; lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Topping:
Whipped cream, cinnamon

Steps:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a cupcake pan, line 12 muffin liners and spray with cooking spray or butter.

2. In a medium bowl, place cream cheese, pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla together and stir until smooth, light and fluffy. Add in flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Continue to mix together until well combined. Spoon in mixture into cupcake liners (fill 3/4 to the top). Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Muffins will look crinkled.

3. Once baked, place on cooling rack until cooled completely. Once cooled, remove liners and place in refrigerator until ready to be served. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
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Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

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Well since it’s almost Halloween and Fall will be over before we know it….I try to squeeze in as many pumpkin recipes as possible because I love pumpkin, duh. This mousse pie can be enjoyed frozen or it can be enjoyed defrosted with a creamy and fluffy texture. The sweet and crispy gingersnap crust and pumpkin mousse is delectable. This is a lighter version of pumpkin pie with nearly 200 calories per serving…not too bad for a delicious fall dessert if you ask me!

Ingredients:
8 ounces gingersnap cookies
2 tablespoons butter; melted
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup low-fat whipped cream
1 quart low-fat vanilla yogurt
Topping:
Whipped cream (I used low-fat)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the gingersnaps, butter, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to form fine crumbs. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until the crust is set and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
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2. In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup whipped cream, and remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar until blended; stir in the yogurt. Spread into the cooled pie crust and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Wrap tightly in plastic to freeze up to 1 week.

3. When ready to serve, transfer the pie to the refrigerator to soften slightly, about 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream (optional)…and waaaalah! Enjoy!
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