Monday, October 29, 2012

Low Calorie/Low Sugar Pumpkin Cookies

Halloween is a few days away and I knew I needed to make something that would help me avoid cheating by sneaking candy out of the kiddos dreaded candy bag. I knew I wanted something that would feel seasonal so I chose to make a treat with pumpkin. After doing a little Googling I came across this recipe for a pumpkin cookies that are made with steel cut oats and Truvia. I changed it slightly because I didn't have steel cut oats, only old fashioned and the PINK suggests we don't use the powdered form of stevia only the liquid form. Other than that I remained true to the recipe and I must say they are delicious. My kids even loved them which let me tell you is great on one hand because I feel good about giving these cookies to them, how often do you get to say that you feel good about giving my kids a cookie? But bad on the other hand because as they are eating them, I am wanting them to stop because they are going to eat all of my special selfish am I?

Remember these are a treat and should only be eaten as such. Also if you are on reset, they should be avoided. This recipe made about 60 cookies that were about 2 1/2 inches in circumference.

1 15 ounce can  pumpkin puree
1 cup applesauce
3 scoops of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 cups old fashioned oats ground in a blender to form a flour
20 drops liquid vanilla stevia
1 teaspoon salt

Start by grinding your oats in a blender until a flour like consistence is reached. I used my magic bullet to do this.
Add the protein powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt to the ground oats
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, this would include the pumpkin, applesauce, stevia and egg.
Stir until it is combined
Using a tablespoon drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet or use a Silicone baking mat. The mat I used is called  a Sil-pat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
Enjoy and feel free to freeze these cookies so you won't be tempted to eat them all at once.



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