Speedy and Yummy Pumpkin Breakfat Bars - Great Post Workout Snack!

PumpkinBars I'm not always hungry after I work out, but depending on what I've just accomplished, I know that it's smart for me to eat something. If it wasn't a major workout (ie longer than 45 minutes) I'm not always dying to eat something. I've also noticed if it's really hot out that I'm not always in the mood to eat.

Regardless of the heat or my state of mind, I know that it's smart to eat something after I work out - my body needs to refuel! If you haven't yet read my article, 9 Foods to Eat After You Workout,  take a NY minute to read it and understand the importance of eating after a workout.

With the recipe below for Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (yes, you read that right - P   u  m p k i n Breakfast Bars) I've stumbled upon another great post workout snack. Or if you don't work out, it's also good for I'm-hungry-looking-for-something-yummy-healthy-and-filling-to-eat-snack.

My friend Becky tipped me off to them (and the power of almond flour - H E L L O protein.) She makes 'em all the time for her hubby and 3 super cute kids. Apparently they don't last long in her house. And as it turns out, they didn't last long in mine.

(Time to get back into the kitchen and make things like the Keebler Elves....except I don't have a magic tree.)

You'll notice that the recipe comes from a blog called Girl Who Went Paleo. I feel the need to clarify that I have NOT jumped on the paleo + cross fit bandwagon.  Nope, just embracing a recipe for which I had all the ingredients in my pantry, took 5 minutes to prepare and could be considered decently healthy. Oh, and I forgot the most important part - tastes deelish to boot!

Pumpkin Breakfast Bars Ingredients: Makes 10-12 large cookies 1/4cup canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix in a can) 1/2cup almond butter (or any nut butter you prefer) 1/2 cup honey 1tsp vanilla 1cup almond meal/flour 1tsp pumpkin pie spice or 1tsp ground cinnamon 1/4tsp baking soda 1/2cup dark chocolate chips, or any dried fruit would be wonderful 1/2cup walnuts, or pecans, or whatever you'd like

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or a brown paper bag.) Combine all wet ingredients together then add the dry ingredients and combine thoroughly. Scoop batter to whatever size you'd like and flatten out to the desired thickness since these do not spread on their own.

Bake approximately 10-15 minutes, according to thickness.

Remove from baking sheet 2 minutes after cooling and transfer to cooling wrack.

You'll notice that I didn't make mine into bars the first time I made them. I did the cookie thing, and they came out just as deelish - although with the word cookie involved, they didn't feel as healthy!

Thanks to A Girl Who Went Paleo for the inspiration.