Happy Wednesday Everyone!
It is finally Fall — the time for football, sweaters, and most importantly pumpkin flavored foods. T’is the season of every Starbucks selling out of pumpkin spice lattes and white girls Instagramming tons of leaf crunching, ASMR videos. What a wonderful time to be alive!
Today I am bringing you a healthy Fall inspired recipe that just may tickle your fancy like it did mine. I originally watched Courtney King (Instagram is Courtneykiing – it has 2 i’s in king) the holistic health goddess created this masterpiece on YouTube.
She made it look so easy that I had to try it. By the way, if you are not following her, you need to. I promise that you will be truly inspired after reading some of her posts. She has a background in competing but realized she was actually harming her body by being so obsessed with what she looked like (so important). You guys will love her! She has a YouTube account that features a lot of her simple recipes. Her workouts keep me going in the gym. That girl has sculpted the perfect booty from dedication and hard work. Later this month she is coming out with an e-book cookbook. You know I need that! The link for her e-book is on her Instagram story, and you get two free recipes so get busy signing up. Shout out to this wonderful woman, and may she change your life like she has mine.
I thought you should know the background of the recipe before we get started. I am such a sucker for anything pumpkin flavored, but what really sold me was that the recipe is high in protein and is made from collagen greens. There is no guilt feelings when eating these delicious bites since all of the key nutrients are there. How often can you eat dessert and get your serving of vegetables, collagen, and protein in one dish? Yeah … never … LOL.
My mom and I made these together this past weekend and tweaked a couple of the original items from Courtney’s recipe. It calls for hemp seeds, but we decided that we didn’t need them since we didn’t have any. We also purchased a different type of collagen, and it worked out fabulous! It was the same brand as the one Courtney used but different flavor because that’s what our local Target carried. When you watch Courtney’s videos, she gives you permission to substitute honey for maple syrup. It makes it possible to use what you have on hand. Love that!
Let’s hop in to the details!
What you will need:
- 2 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 Cup of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and a pinch of Sea Salt (I used a little bit of nutmeg–1/2 teaspoon but threw in a heaping teaspoon of everything else.)
- 1/2 Cup of Almond Butter (We all know Justin’s is my fav and it’s currently on sale at Target for $6.)
- 1/2 Cup of pure pumpkin … it comes in a can and make sure to get the organic kind. (Do not get the pumpkin pie mix as it’s full of sugar.) Aldi’s has a great one.
- 1/4 cup of real maple syrup (If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute with honey.)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
*1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (*Not needed, but anything with chocolate chips tastes 20 million times better.)
How to Make:
Combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, except for the chocolate chips.
Combine all of the wet ingredients in another bowl. Warm up the wet ingredients in the microwave for 20 to 40 seconds to make it easier to mix.
Combine your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix together well. I had to use my hands to get everything completely combined. It’s messy but delicious. Taste test it and make sure that you have enough spices in it as well.
Place this mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes so it can cool off and become “tacky.”
Take the mixture out of the fridge and add the chocolate chips.
Mix again and then roll the batter into small individual balls.
Put them in the freezer for 25 minutes and then store them in the fridge.
This is the perfect on-the-go snack or even a little pick-me-up during the day. They taste so decadent but have so many health benefits that you won’t feel guilty eating these at all. The collagen greens in them can actually help clear up your skin, so eat away sista! If you try this recipe, let me know and make sure you follow Courtney King for more cooking inspiration. Happy Fall Y’all!