RECIPE: Kickstart Your Day with Pumpkin Spice
I’m so excited to be the first guest contributor on Bobbie’s Blog! While I never had the pleasure of knowing Bobbie, I am good friends with her granddaughter, Libby, the creative mastermind behind this sassy, energetic brand. At first I wasn’t sure what to write about, but I decided to pay homage to fall – my favorite season – and provide a comforting recipe to kickstart your day.
I like to begin my day with a workout but need a small bite to fuel me through it. Some say it’s better to work out on an empty stomach because you burn more fat, but this is a huge myth. You don’t need a lot, but a small bite containing sugar and protein gives you energy and improves endurance.
I LOVE these quick and easy energy bites I originally found on Gimme Some Oven. I adapted the recipe using pumpkin and cinnamon flavors for fall and I am delighted to share.
As for the 411 on what’s inside, here is a quick rundown. The chia seeds keep you satisfied for hours while the honey helps you power through your workout. Almond butter is full of protein and keeps muscles strong. Flaxseed is the real miracle worker here as it aids in weight loss, improves digestive health and lowers cholesterol. To ensure I’m not ingesting crazy chemicals I use all organic ingredients with the exception of the pumpkin spice chips. As for those, they aren’t the healthiest ingredient but the taste is irresistible.
Before you head to the gym, throw on your Bobbie Knows tee, grab a carton of Boxed Water, and indulge in a bite with a kick!
- 1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup toasted raw coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup maple almond butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin spice chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2/3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 tsp. cinnamon
- Mix cinnamon with coconut flakes and broil in the oven on low for 3-5 minutes.
- Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Cover and let chill for 20 minutes.
- Once chilled, remove mixture 1.5 tablespoon at a time and roll into a ball. Yields 20 energy bites.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed dietician, physical trainer or doctor.