I’m not an all-in pumpkin spice girl. I know. Don’t hate me! I’m secretly over here waiting for all things peppermint. BUT— I do have a healthy appreciation for the season, and a few fall “treats” I’m loving right now! They ARE “macro-friendly” and definitely healthy enough to be breakfast… so the word treat might be a reach. But I might argue that the treats you can feel great eating ANY TIME— are the best treats.
But you might argue back, and you should. Real treats are better. But I love this stuff!
Pumpkin Pie Baked Protein Oat Bars
I’ve been having a major moment with these Pumpkin Pie Baked Protein Oat Bars. The recipe is written with pumpkin protein, but I made a batch the other day with vanilla protein and added spices and still LOVED THEM.
I always like to add a disclaimer when I post about these “protein oat bars” that I love so much. They are their own unique thing. Not quite a full-fledged “baked good” like cake or quick bread. The zucchini in the recipe has a lot of moisture so it’s closer to a bread pudding maybe??
Either way, I LOVE them! Especially once they’re all decked out. If you taste them warm out of the oven, you might lose faith in me. But I love mine chilled in the fridge, then served in a bowl with dairy-free Reddi Whip! Maybe a little drizzle of peanut butter on top (because everything is better with nut butter in my house.) They are sweet enough to be a post-dinner treat, but nutrient-packed enough to be breakfast! Win win. Plus, the macros are KILLER.
Snickerdoodle Zucchini Baked Oats
Oats can get tricky because they CAN have a lot of carbs, but with the volume of the zucchini, and of course, the flavor and the protein powder, these snickerdoodle zucchini baked oats can fill your whole BOWL! And still be good to your macros.
Again, this isn’t cake either. It’s loaded with zucchini which means there is tons of moisture. So it’s also similar to bread pudding. Deck them out with whipped cream, maybe some yogurt, and some berries, and it’s next level.
Brownie Baked Squash Oats
Maybe these don’t scream fall, but I believe strongly that chocolate is always in season and these are my FAVORITES sooo…
ONCE AGAIN, these brownie baked squash oats are not brownies. Brownies need FATS— butter or oil, etc. So don’t be expecting crispiness or chewiness or fudginess. All of that takes fat! This is its own thing. More of a firm square of chocolate oatmeal… made extra “macro-friendly” since it’s bulked up with squash, and I’m hooked!
I love these (you guessed it) COLD! In a bowl with cashew milk poured over the top, and finished with dairy-free whipped cream, a drizzle of peanut butter, a few strawberries, and a sprinkle of flake salt. Once it’s all topped, I’m telling you it TRANSFORMS into something decadent and ACTUALLY brownie-like. Heaven.
Pumpkin Chia Protein Pudding
This pumpkin chia protein pudding is another yummy, balanced, macro-friendly treat made of all GOOD STUFF– a perfect, simple breakfast or a well-balanced fall dessert.
I love eating this pumpkin chia protein pudding straight out of the jar piled high with my favorite toppings. In my opinion, you can’t skip out on almond milk Reddi Whip. It’s a must! I also love adding tiny diced apples and chopped pecans on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of flake salt. It’s like fall in a jar!
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Macro-friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sometimes you just want to bake and grab a cookie off the cooling rack in the afternoon. And not have it make a huge dent. Some days I just want my kids to come home to a house that smells like holidays and a plate of something fresh and I want to be a part of the fun, without going crazy. (And sometimes I do wanna go crazy, for the record.)
So that’s what these macro-friendly pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are to me. Not a replacement for my dessert, but a perfect little cookie-in-the-afternoon.
Fall Desserts That Actually Fit in Your Macros
I’m not saying you need to be worrying about macros during the holidays if you don’t want to! But it’s nice to have some recipes in your back pocket if you’d like to. I promise that all of these fall treats will fit easily in your macros so you can continue to hit goals without feeling like you’re missing out! Enjoying food is SO IMPORTANT in my opinion. I love it when I’ve got the right stuff on hand to have the best of both worlds. LOVE what I eat, and also feel good about it. That’s why I created my macro-friendly cookbooks, including a meal plan cookbook for everyday life. I’ve also started thinking about Thanksgiving so check out this post for ideas. Make sure you are hanging out with me on Instagram and TikTok because I am always trying delicious macro-friendly food.