Holiday waistline rescue! It’s coming up to that time of year when people are going to start thinking about what their New Year’s resolution is going to be, and lots of folks are going to think about taking up a martial arts class or joining a gym to lose some weight and get in shape. Don’t wait until January to get started! Start making those changes now!

In my house we call this time of year “pumpkin pie season”, but I’m in the process of slimming back down to my “fighting weight” so I don’t want to stuff my face with a whole bunch of sugary pie this Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I’m opting for these low carbohydrate “pumpkin pie bites”.

I based this recipe off one posted by Dani Shugart over at T-Nation for some low carb brownies, which I didn’t actually like that much. When they came out of the oven my daughter said the brownies “look like they tasted like sadness.” With a little tweaking though, the recipe works great for these little snacks!


Keep in mind, “low carb & sugar free” doesn’t mean “calorie free”! Two of these are still over 300 calories, closer to 500 if you add a dollop of whipped cream on top. After crunching the numbers for this blog post, I’m going to make sure to only eat one of these at a time myself.

The upshot is; if you factor them in to your overall food intake for the day, they’re pretty nutritious. Lot’s of good protein, fats, fiber and micronutrients from the pumpkin. They’re pretty dense so they tend to fill you up.


Ingredients

1 can pumpkin puree
2 eggs
4 scoops protein powder (I like True Nutrition, use code luoyegongfu to save 5%)
1 cup Stevia(the crystallized stuff for meant for baking)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Crust
~1 cup nuts
1/4 cup butter (use grass fed like Kerrygold)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix all the ingredients together in your mixing bowl until there’s no more lumps.
Grease your silicone muffin tray with butter.

Spoon the batter into the pan and evenly distribute it so that no cup is significantly shorter or higher than the other.

Blend nuts to a crumble along with the butter and spoon evenly over pumpkin to form crust.

Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
Check for doneness by stabbing the center with a toothpick or knife. If it comes out clean it’s done; if it comes out with batter on it, bake it a little longer.

Macronutrients (per “muffin”, all values are rounded up to the nearest whole gram)
Fat 12g
Pro 11g
Carbs 8g
Fiber 5g
Calories 163g

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