Monday, April 23, 2012

Fit Features of the Week

The Fit and Fabulous Fridays feature for most page views goes to The Better Baker for her Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal!!  Congratulations Marsha!  This recipe sounds awesome.  I can't wait to try it myself! 

Breakfast that is healthy but tastes like dessert...... What could be better than that???

*Photo by The Better Baker

1 c. pumpkin puree (from can or fresh frozen, thawed)
1 c. apple cider
2 eggs
(I used 2 egg whites and my favorite egg substitute -
1 TB. flax seed meal mixed with 3 TB. water)
1/2 c. milk
(I used 1%)
1/4 c. honey
2 TB. (sugar free) maple syrup
2 TB. butter, melted
(I used Smart Balance)
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
(make your own)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350. Spray deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 in. pan with oil, set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, apple cider, eggs, milk, honey, maple syrup, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in oats, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
Pour into dish and sprinkle with pecans. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until set. Serve with hot maple syrup or honey if desired.

Total calories = 1500 calories (without my substitutions)
9 servings = 167 calories per serving

My pick of the week goes to Stephanie over at Eat Drink Love for her Peanut Butter Coconut Protein Bars.  I love grab and go healthy snacks.  These bars are the perfect alternative to those preservative filled protein bars on the market.  Not to mention that they look divine!! 


  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbs. honey or agave nectar (optional or to taste)
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 3 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (can also use rice protein powder to make vegan)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp. vanilla (both optional)
  1. Combine the banana, honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, oats, coconut, and protein powder.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well-combined.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with foil or wax paper. Divide the batter into 8 equal portions. Shape into bars and place on the baking sheet. If not using chocolate, transfer directly to the freezer or fridge.
  5. If you want to add the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Stir in the vanilla extract. Spoon the chocolate over each bar and then place into the freezer or fridge.
I hope you enjoy my Fit pics this week.  Have a great week and stay inspired!


  1. Thanks so much Amee - Yahoooooooooo!! I'm thrilled to have my Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal be featured at F&FF! I may have to make this again this week. I would have choosen the protein bar recipe myself...sounds wonderful too. Sure appreciate you hosting...and featuring. Enjoy a great and healthy week!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my protein bars, Amee! So glad you like them!

  3. You're welcome ladies!!! It's well deserved! :)



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