#TravelTipTuesday: Pumpkin Power Bites

Some variation of this recipe has been floating around social media for quite some time, but we've put our own Fall spin on these easy, fast, gluten-free, low-sugar, protein packed, and did we mention, FAST Power Bites. They are small but mighty, so they fit easily into your carry on bag or suitcase and are a great replacement for protein or energy bars. 

What's wrong with bars, you ask? Nothing at all! They are great in pinch. But after a while they can get a little boring and unsatisfying, and admit it - you aren't 100% sure about all those ingredients listed on the package. With these, you know exactly what you are putting into your body, and they make a great snack or a fast breakfast. 

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  • 1 cup gluten-free oats (you can find Bob's Mill in most stores)

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (or a second banana if preferred)

  • 2 TB protein peanut spread (we love Nuts N' More or Buff Bake)

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Stevia to taste

  • Optional: A few chunks of extra dark chocolate, cacao nips, or dried fruit depending upon your sweet tooth/preference. If you want to go completely sugar free, check out Lily's Baking Chips but for the sake of your seatmates and co-workers, please use sparingly!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly cover a baking sheet with coconut oil spray. Mash the banana until smooth and combine with all ingredients. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. 

What you'll get are about a dozen fluffy, soft baked morsels that you can split into four snack servings (179 calories, 27 carbs, 7.5 protein, 5 fat) or two breakfast servings (357 calories, 53 carbs, 15 protein, 10 fat). Of course, the nutritional information changes with the optional additions. You can also add a few walnuts if you want a little more substance and fat. 

A lot better than grabbing an energy bar at Hudson News, right?