I think I just enjoy super long recipe names. (Have you seen my Banana Nut Muffins with Bacon and Chocolate Chips??) Or feel the need to highlight all of the awesome that is contained in one little bite like this guy.
I was originally going for muffins, but since I packed these protein bites with tons of wet ingredients..they did not rise. At all. Thankfully they still tasted amazing and after a quick poll via Instagram + Facebook, I decided to still share the recipe but go with a slightly different name.
These pumpkin spice browned butter protein bites are everything fall and healthy wrapped into one little package. They are absolutely decadent with the browned butter and brown sugar plus they will fill your kitchen with the spiced smells of Thanksgiving. The added vegan protein powder (Skoop of course!), granola and banana give it a healthy boost in addition to the many health benefits of the star ingredient: pumpkin.
I would definitely call this a semi-healthy snack, treat or even breakfast on-the-go if you grab two or three of them.
Fun fact: I did this photo shoot when I should have been packing for my recent trip to Des Moines. Another fun fact: I left a whole 3 hours later than I anticipated because of my stupid-long to-do list and the other random things that I kept finding to do before leaving for 48 hours of much needed girl time.
I even tried to get stuff done after I finished work Thursday night at 9:30pm..making a trip to Target, doing all of the dishes and finishing a load of laundry. I may have been worried Dave would either a. die of starvation or b. go shirtless while I was gone.
But all of that work led to a late night and a bedtime of 1am. My only real excuse for the last minute photo shoot was that the rest of the week had been cloudy and bleh outdoors when I was home during daylight hours (aka prime photo shooting light).
Since I haven’t gotten around to setting up a light box or whatever non-natural lighting photographers use (and I have no idea where one will fit), I’ve been setting up shop near a window. You would probably laugh at my set-up as I often do. Pretty much a tv tray, white poster board and random kitchen towels. #winning
I really can’t complain though because although we only have a one bedroom apartment, I have a roof over my head and I feel safe in my neighborhood. (<-so important! especially for running outdoors!) And the ginormous couch that is blocking some of the living room light is pretty dang comfy.
When I was leaving for the girl’s weekend, I even went as far as leaving Dave a note of things to do while I was gone. I know, I know. But it was just a couple of requests and I left him the rest of the delicious pumpkin spice browned butter protein muffins as a thank you. That’s fair, right?
GF Pumpkin Spice Browned Butter Protein Bites
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup granola (I used Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola Oats 'n Honey 11oz (311g))
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBS vanilla
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 2 scoops vegan protein powder (I use Skoop)
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Brown butter in a small sauce pan. (See link below for tips! Don't burn it!) I added the butter and vanilla into the pan after it was browned to melt the brown sugar down.
- Meanwhile (if you can make sure to not burn the butter while doing this) combine "blender" items in a blender or food processor. Add the items from the pan into the food processor or blender and combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pour into 12 muffin cups, filling half-way.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes. Let rest on stove top for 10 minutes at least.
- Store in sealed container at room temperature one week.
- *calorie information is for a single bite but you will probably want more than one!
Check out this fantastic post on how to make the best browned butter.
Who doesn’t like to be thanked with scrumptious semi-healthy baked bites of heaven?
I should correct myself in saying I left him the rest of the protein bites because I may have eaten one during the photo shoot (just to be sure it still tasted scrumptious—it did) and I noticed today that there was one little guy left. I downed that one too.
Hey, ya snooze ya lose, right?
Hope you try these pumpkin spice protein bites out yourself!
Questions For You
You may or may not have noticed that I am posting less. Some of this is just being worn out by traveling a lot lately, but mostly it’s because I’m trying to make sure every. single. post. is one that I will love and be able to reference years from now which takes a bit more time, thought and editing. Recipe posts also just take a lot more time overall and I’ve been getting back into the recipe posting groove lately and having fun with it!
My first question is…does anyone care that I only post 1-3 times per week?
Does anyone care that I post on random days, times and about any topic I feel like on any given day?
I ask these questions because I’ve heard so many times that the key to developing a following (or to having regular blog readers..which I know I already do and appreciate each and every one of you!) is to be consistent. I am not consistent because back when I did have more of a posting schedule, it stressed me out so much that I would lose sleep and fall into depressions regularly because I simply couldn’t meet my own expectations (and expectations I thought my readers had for me).
The last question: is my blog organized in a way that you can find posts or topics you are interested in? I know I need to update my recipe tab, but is there anything else that would be more helpful organizationally?
I know I said it earlier, but I just want to say it again: thank you.
Thank you for being here right now reading these words.
Thank you for commenting and sharing and pinning my posts.
Thank you for humoring me when I make bad jokes and making me feel better when I share my fears and failures.
Thank you for letting me bounce ideas off of you. I always find a new perspective when I ask for your opinions.
I have met so many amazing friends through blogging and sometimes I am taken aback at how awesome it is that so many real relationships come from this little blog. Much love to all of you! <3 (More on my Des Moines get together later!)
PS I’m all about Pinterest this year, so I would LOVE IT if you could pin one (or two!) of these images!
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