It’s almost Fall ya’ll! So bring out the pumpkin, gather up all the spices because it’s finally time to fill the home with a warm cozy aroma of autumn. I am making all sorts of fall recipes this week while sticking with my clean eating meal plan.
Clean eating is pretty simple actually, if it can go bad fairly quickly, it fits into the clean eating meal plan. It’s about eating fresh, whole foods and cutting out packaged, processed stuff. I am starting off with these beautiful Clean Eating Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal Bars. Everything in them is clean eating approved!
A little fun back story…
The apples are fresh-picked. Last weekend my boyfriend and I went to an orchard here in town and picked some beautiful, delicious apples. We have no idea what kind they are, they aren’t glamorized and artificially beautified as you will see in the grocery store. They are perfectly imperfect, healthy, and delicious. It was only five bucks for a whole bucket too!
I’ve already used them in three different recipes including these wonderful Pumpkin Apple Oatmeal Bars and cooking them really brings out their flavor. The green ones are more tart and they all have that solid crunch that I really look for in an apple.
If you have an orchard near you, I highly encourage you to support your neighbors and buy locally. It’s cheaper and likely healthier than purchasing in the store where I know for a fact they dye the apples to make them look nicer.
Let’s get started on these Bars!
This recipe is really easy and I love pumpkin, not only for the taste but the health benefits as well. It is highly nutritious. Go ahead and pull out your ingredients so you’re not reaching for things later, scrambling to find everything.
- 1 egg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 2 ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup apples, chopped
Again, it’s super easy to make. Basically you just mix all the ingredients together except the oats and apples.
Add in the oats and the apples.
Directions for Bars
- Preheat the oven to 350 and spray an 8×8 baking dish.
- In a large bowl, mix together egg, egg whites, pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup, sugar, allspice, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder.
- Add in almond milk and mix well.
- Finally, add oats and chopped apples, but save some to sprinkle on the top! Stir just to combine oats and apples.
- Pour batter into greased dish. Top with remaining oats and apples
- Cook for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool, cut, and enjoy!
When it comes out, it’s so beautiful you want to dive right in but not yet! It’s very hot.
Allow it to cool first and then cut a sizable chunk, maybe drizzle a dash of caramel on top, and devour.
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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