Craisin Oat Bites

Happy Monday!!

Monday’s typically my most dreaded day of the week. Monday’s signify the start of a new week,  having to wake up early again, and not being quite sure what you’re going to walk into at work BUT it also means that there are lots of leftovers from experimenting in the kitchen, thus making this Monday much better. As this is the month of oatmeal, I’ve been playing around with oats.  Click here for the great benefits of oats!

Looking around in my kitchen pantry and found lots of great ingredients to make these delish Craisin Oat Bites.

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They are low calorie,  and so good you won’t want to stop at one!

Craisin Oat Bites

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Makes 25 cookies

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

3T of egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup whole wheat fiber

1 1/2 cup oats

1 1/2 tsp stevia

1/4 cup maple sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp pumpkin pie puree

1/2 cup craisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together pumpkin puree, egg whites, and vanilla.

3. In a separate  bowl, mix the rest of  the ingredients. Stir in the wet ingredients until mixed. This will be a very thick dough, so if it looks drier than typical cookie dough, that’s okay!

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4. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough out onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

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5. Enjoy!

Nutrient information:

54.2 calories, 2.7 g fat,  6.8 carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, protein 1.4 g

What did you cook this weekend??

xoxo,

 Katie

Oatmeal oatmeal oatmeal!

January is oatmeal month! Oatmeal is an excellent food that provides so many health benefits. It is fitting that oatmeal month falls after the holidays because eating oatmeal can promote weight loss.
Here’s the skinny on oatmeal:

Oatmeal is heart healthy

Oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol levels through the use of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to decrease cholesterol levels. The heart healthy serving size is a cup and a half.

Oatmeal helps you lose weight

Soluble fiber keeps you fuller longer and the hunger fighting property of beta-glucans helps fight the hunger hormone cholesytokinin. Staying fuller longer equals eating less.

Oatmeal can be prepared so many different ways, it can be hot, cold, with fruit, vegetables, flaxseed, nuts, in cookies, breads, served as a side or as a main dish.

For the rest of this month, I will be sharing different oatmeal recipes for you to try and enjoy!

Here are a few to get you started!

A great way to eat it cold is in overnight oats.

In pancakes: Oatmeal Banana Pancakes.

In waffles: oatmeal waffles.

How do you like to eat your oatmeal??

xoxo,

Katie