Category Archives: dessert

Foodie Friday: Who Says Pumpkin is a Fall Food?

Seriously? Its Friday?  That seems super strange to me.

Since I haven’t worked all week. I’ve kind of lost track of the days. (You can be jealous, just don’t drop kick me, please.)

I worried that I would not have enough time to whip something up for ya this Friday. But, since my internal clock is readjusting still, I had a burst of energy and decided I want to use that energy in my kitchen! :0)

A couple of weeks ago when I was visited my parents, I saw this coveted, precious item on the shelves.

Ahhhh. Canned pumpkin puree.  It is always VERY hard to find puree pumpking (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX) in the store at this time of year. (Well, at least in this area of the country).

Week after week, I stroll down the baked goods aisle..just in case they found an old can on a shelf in the dungeon of the store. (Yes, I would still eat it).

Apparently.. an hour up the road.. there is no such “pumpkin shortage”

So, last night, when I was rummaging through my rather empty cabinets.. this can of pumpkin puree was just staring me down.. begging to be used.

Being the sweet, nice girl that I am, I honored the request of this little can of pumpkin and made a treat.

Actually.. it is more then a treat. It can accompany a breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can be used as a snack.. as a dessert.  Pretty versatile, don’t ya think?!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Squares

Makes 24 squares


  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c. cashews (ground magic bullet)
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (optional – I used unsweetened reduced fat)

  • Preheat Oven to 350*
  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl (except for coconut)
  • Pour batter into a 13 X 9 inch pan (previously sprayed with non-stick)
  • Sprinkle with coconut if desire
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

These are not too sweet – but I don’t need my pumpkin goods to be sweet. I bet they would be great crumbled into yogurt!

I’ve been on a kick of entering my recipes into Sparkpeople. And I am never disappointed when I see the nutriional information.  Especially when I concoct a baked good that uses healthy ingredeients.. and is something that I actually enjoy!

Once again, the nutritional stats do not disappoint. Below  – find the stats for a the sqaures made WITHOUT using coconut on top…

Check out that Vitamin A 🙂

And here – the squares with my reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut:

Just a 3 calorie difference 🙂

I made both – I spinkled a small amount over a portion of my goodies – so I can experience the best of both worlds!

I am totally for eating foods when they are “out of season.” Pumpkin is one of my favorite things to eat.. not in the fall. I am pretty sure I will be enjoying some pumpkin pie oats pretty soon. as I do not want to let a drop of this left-over pumpkin go to waste!!

Any other suggestions for some great goodies I can make with pumpkin!?  Great links?  Feel free to share.. I am in a baking mood!


WIA — In San Francisco

Happy Wednesday! Hump day for all of you that are working (and for those who aren’t.. like me.. you probably don’t even know what day it is 😉 )

There is no way I wanted to miss WIAW by Jenn – so I’ve compiled some of my eats while I’ve been out here in Cali!!

So – going away on vacation for me – does not meet giving up my healthy habits.  I try to keep myself eating healthy – even while away and even if I have to eat out for many of my meals.

So – how do I stay healthy?!  Well, the first thing that I did when we got to San Fran… was hit a up a local little market to pick up some essentials.

I knew that our room had a fridge.. and that there was a microwave available for use – so I could have Organic Instant Oats w/ a sliced banana and the protein powder that I brought from home for breakfast…

I had this oat mixture (here with Strawberries that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market..) for most breakfasts.. while Justin hit up Starbucks for bagels.

I also picked up some carrots – and some goldfish for snacking.  Additionally, I had the chocolate cherry snacks, some (luna, clif, bora) bars, and a supply of apples as well.

Here are a few of my eats from when we have been out!

Yes, this is recycled.. sorry. They were just that good!

Steel Cut Oats made with water.. topped with fresh fruit (and I added Sun Warrior 😉 )

A turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato from Working Girl’s Cafe

AMAZING Hummus Platter – Sun-dried Tomato Hummus, Kalamata Olive Hummus, and Traditional Hummus with cucumbers and flat bread for dipping:

Plain Grilled Veggies with Brown Rice – and a Balsamic Glaze Dipping Sauce on the side.. (Both of the above mentioned dishes were from Daily Grill )

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt from Ice Bee … on multiple occasions..

They may look the same.. but that is ONLY because it tasted SO good, I got the same thing both times! 🙂

This is .. of course.. no where near ALL that I have eaten while in San Fran.. but I am not one to picture all of my meals!!

I do induldge as well.. don’t you worry! I just want to make sure that I keep myself energized and feeling like myself through the whole trip!

What do you do to keep your healthy life-style while on vacation!?


Happy Monday kiddos!!  For those of you – like me – who live in the US and are fortunate enough to have the day off from work.. Happy, HAPPY MONDAY!

This morning, I woke up to this:

Ugh..  Pouring, pouring rain.  The hourly forecast said rain was not due until closer to I thought I would be able to get my run in.  So far.. it looks like I am going to have to take my work out to the gym.

The thunder and lightning is unbelievable too!  Justin slept through it for almost 45 minutes.. I was super surprised because the thunder was legit making me jump out of my seat!

Right now – I will play the waiting game.. and I thought.. DUH you can do your blog entry!

So – yesterday started off like every other day with a nice lil bowl of oat bran topped with raspberries and peanut butter!

I headed to the gym for another lovely boot camp work out – and did a 3.5 mile warm up on the treadmill.

One of my favorite areas to work is my glutes, hammys, and quads.. and there was NO shortage of that yesterday.  We did lunge after lunge, after lunge! There were other moves thrown in between..but it seemed like we broke everything up by doing MORE lunges :).  I am feeling it today … and baby it feels goooood.

Ready to get my picnic on!

Later on in the day, we headed down to Justin’s parents house for a Memorial Day Picnic.

Hostess & Host

There were lots of appetizers/finger foods – chips, dips, fritos, veggies.. I munched on carrots and celery.

Justin’ dug into the taco dip that his mom had prepared!

It was fairly hot, but I was sure to keep hyrdated!

3.5 of these…
Large Unsw. Iced Tea.. ALL SIZES… 99 cents.. GET SOME!









Justin and his dad fired up the grill to cook some ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken.

We played a little horseshoe…

Let me tell you a story about horseshoes.

Last summer, Katie, that gal in purple and I dominated in horseshoes. We played our boyfriends and whooped their butts!  I don’t know how or why because  I had never picked up a horse shoe in my life and had no idea on how to properly toss one.  But – apparently this was a good thing – last year – and we beat them in 3 out of 3 games.

Yesterday – there must have been something wrong with the world. Because both Katie and I were horrible. We were okay the first game -losing only by 1 (and I got a ringer.. HOLLA) …. but in the second game, we lost.. and we lost BAD.  We scored 3 points in the first two rounds. And NEVERSCOREDAGAIN!  Yep. Final score was 15-3.

I am blaming it on the wind. Since I was more concerned on trying to keep my dress from flying over my head rather then concentrating on having pro-horsehoe form! 😉

*Note – it was really hard for me to take pictures of food. I felt really awkward, so I only capture photos of the spreads:


I had chicken and salad.


Okay, I captured a picture of this… and someone caught me!

Fruit & a Brownie

Justin’s mother’s friend was like.umm you are taking a picture of your dessert?  I kind of tried to ignore her and got really flustered.  She was 3 sheets to the wind though.. so I think she was more confused then anything else!

I took the keys since I had not drank anything – and we headed home after Justin set off the dinky fire works with his cousins.

Upon arriving home, I had WAY too many of these dark chocolate snow caps…

And now.. I think I am headed to the gym because the radar says it is going to rain for a while long. BOO 😦


Did you go to any picnics this weekend?!  If you blog – how do you capture pictures.. of the things you would not normally take pictures of!?  Ever have an awkward experience like I did?