8.25.2014

pumpkin oatmeal bites

simple pumpkin oatmeal bites | realfoodsimple.com

I am not a big fan of oatmeal. I like the idea of it, I just find the texture off-putting. I do however love oatmeal cookies (but no raisins, please).

So I set out to create a healthier oatmeal "cookie" with less sugar (see *!* below) and no flour. I wanted these to be something you could grab and go. I am calling them an oatmeal bite and not a cookie because these are not super sweet. That is on purpose. Hence, where the word healthy comes in. If you want a cookie for breakfast or snack, by all means eat one. But if you want something healthier without the oatmeal-y texture, This is for you.

And this only has 9 ingredients! 4 regular ingredients and 4 spices (that make up the pumpkin pie spice).

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree - 100% pumpkin, not pie filling
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp raw honey*!*
2 eggs
2 cups rolled oats*

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, oil, spices, honey, and eggs.
Add in the oats.
Roll the dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball.**
Bake at 350 for ~12-15 minutes.


*!* - Oh my goodness, I am so so sorry!! When this was originally published I forgot to add the honey in the ingredients list. If anybody made it recently and thinks it wasn't very tasty, that may be why. 

* Do not use quick oats. They turned out so mushy! Even my little one who loves oatmeal would not eat it. Use rolled oats!

** This is slightly smaller than a golf ball. I know this because my daughter could put a ping ping ball all the way in her mouth when she was at that stage, ~18 months. However, a golf ball would not fit in her mouth, therefore she was allowed to play with them. :)


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