It’s finally fall—the time of year where pumpkin spice is everywhere. Cookies, drinks, pies, aka all things sugary and delicious. And while those traditional sweets are great, if you’re counting macros, it might make you feel like you have to skip the pumpkin spice altogether…but that’s not true! With these lighter, healthier pumpkin recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy all the flavor while still sticking to your goals.
And of course, if you just want to eat a traditional pumpkin dessert, there’s nothing wrong with that either. It’s all about balance. 👍🏻
For something a little healthier, here are my top 5 go-to macro-friendly pumpkin recipes…
1. Overnight Pumpkin Chia Protein Pudding
This Pumpkin Chia Protein Pudding is so easy to make and great to prep ahead for a healthy snack, breakfast, or even dessert. It’s light enough to fit easily in your macros while still hitting your sweet tooth cravings. And of course, the chia seeds stick in your teeth the way you kinda don’t want to admit that you love. This Pumpkin Chia Protein Pudding tastes great cold and piled high with Almond Reddi Whip and your favorite toppings. To store the pudding in the fridge, I love to use these glass jars. They’re so cute and the perfect size.
2. Extra Light High-Protein Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bars
These High-Protein Pumpkin Pie Bars are the perfect way to use up any zucchini that’s been hanging around on your counter from your garden this summer. They’re so light, yummy, and healthy. To make these bars a little more balanced, I use a good vanilla protein powder. You can use whatever you like, but I really love to use this one by Active Stacks. You can use code Lillie to save you a little off the price. And as an added bonus, Active Stacks is gluten and dairy free–a win-win.
3. Pumpkin Protein Kodiak Waffles
Okay, this one is an old one but a good one. These Pumpkin Protein Kodiak Waffles are so easy to whip up and macro-friendly. I originally got this recipe from Amber @Biceps.After.Babes when she was my macro coach way back when.
And while I’ve never been a huge breakfast person, sometimes a waffle just hits the spot. If you love waffles, then you can get all the details for these healthy Pumpkin Kodiak waffles here.
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4. Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
Pumpkin bread with chocolate chips is a fall staple, but when you’re needing something a little more balanced, these healthy Protein Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars might do the trick.
To make them a little lighter, I use zucchini or squash to bulk them up. That way you can still have a big piece with extra room in your macros for added toppings. I love to top mine with whip cream and a couple extra chocolate chips. Of course, you can top them with whatever you love or just eat them plain.
5. Pumpkin Pie Baked Protein Oat Bars
Although these are a healthy baked bar, I always warn people that they have a texture similar to bread pudding instead of like a traditional cake/bar. It’s because these Pumpkin Pie Baked Protein Oat Bars are very moist (sorry for using that word), but it’s true.
I still love them though especially when they’re paired with this yummy frosting recipe. Not to mention, they’re healthy and have a good amount of protein and nutrients to make them super easy to fit within your goals. You can get all the details here.
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Just a reminder, if you’re counting your macros this Fall season, then you don’t have to skimp on all your favorite foods. With a few swaps and good recipes, you can eat all the flavors you love without compromising your goals.
If these pumpkin spice desserts aren’t quite hitting your sweet tooth cravings, then you can find other macro-friendly dessert recipes right here on my blog. And of course, I also have other fall staples like this macro-friendly White Chicken Chili or this Easy Beef and Veggie Soup. Enjoy!
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