Even though it feels like winter here, my pumpkin obsession is still in full force! This is a simple recipe that is full of fiber to keep you full all throughout the day. I love having a few of these for breakfast with some Greek yogurt or as a snack!
2 cups oats
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp wheat germ
1 medium banana
4 oz unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp egg whites
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the oats, salt, cinnamon, and wheat germ. Toss to combine.
In a separate bowl, add in the banana. Mash with a fork until smooth. Add in the apple sauce, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and a squeeze of honey. Mix together.
Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Add in the egg whites. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
Using a mini ice cream scoop or spoon, make balls of the dough and line a baking sheet.
Key Nutrients and tricks:
- This is an easy way to get in a variety of nutrients like beta-carotene from the pumpkin, fiber from the oats, folate and iron from the wheat germ, potassium from the banana, and antioxidants from the dark chocolate- everything an athlete needs!
- I enjoy this recipe since it is mostly refined sugar free, but still has natural sweetness from the honey and apple sauce. I like to buy unsweetened apple sauce so that I can control the ingredients.
- Other options to mix into this recipe are slivered almonds, dried fruit, coconut, or even white chocolate!
- If you want to add more sweetness, try using coconut sugar, additional honey, or cinnamon applesauce.
- To boost the nutrition in the cookies, you can add flax seeds, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.