Pumpkin Pie Alternative for a Snack – Only 150 to 250 Calories!
I discourage snacking in favor of eating a full meal, because typically the snacks people choose contain lots of calories and you end up feeling hungry a very short while afterwards. Sometimes though, you just don’t want to cook or you’re out at a party and feeling hungry and there’s nothing but fast food restaurants and deli’s open! I get it…
That’s why I’m always on the prowl for snacks that will be filling without tons of carbs and sugar.
My go to snack on such occasions used to be a 120 calorie bag of popcorn, but it turns out I am allergic to popcorn.
Thankfully, I’ve found something else that only takes all of 10 minutes to prepare – Pumpkin Graham Crackers
First, turn the oven to 375 degrees
All you have to do is get the healthiest version of graham crackers that you can find. 2 full cracker sheets are anywhere from 110 to 120 calories. The most you should have in one sitting is 4. Lay your sheets on a piece of foil lined baking pan.
Next, you need organic pumpkin. You can buy a bag or buy a full pumpkin/roast and refrigerate it to last you 5x longer. Since I’m pressed for time, I just get the bag of organic pumpkin for around $4, but I did buy a whole pumpkin for $4 which I plan to cook this weekend. The organic pumpkin should be 35 calories for 112 grams or 4 ounces.
Put 4 ounces in a bowl and mix in a teaspoon of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin or all spice. DO NOT ADD SUGAR. The sugar in the graham crackers will suffice. Mash and stir it all up and then spread evenly over the 2 to 4 graham cracker sheets. Plop it in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
Take it out and enjoy!
I whip my pumpkin really well, so it tastes nice and fluffy. The volume of the pumpkin will fill you up.
Now, whenever you really want a snack or a treat, you can get a shot of it with this yummy recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think!