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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipes

If you’ve stepped into a Starbucks lately, you’re aware that it’s pumpkin spice season. While a pumpkin spice latte or scone may be delicious, they are calorie-laden and not particularly nutritious. While we’re not against the occasional treat, most triathletes don’t want to get into a PSL-a-day habit.

Here we have a list of the best healthy pumpkin spice recipes, so that you can get your fix without all the excess sugar and fat. Enjoy pumpkin spice season and still stay on track (regarding nutrition and healthy eating) for your next big race with these nutritious pumpkin spice recipes.

Pumpkin-Spice-Quinoa-Breakfast-Cookies-31271) Pumpkin spice quinoa breakfast cookie

These cookies contain healthy ingredients like quinoa and flaxseed, without sacrificing their treat status. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack.

2) Pumpkin spice baked oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is pretty much this amazing hybrid of a bowl of oatmeal and a muffin. With a dollop of yogurt on top, this breakfast is a perfect pre-run meal.pumpkin-baked-oatmeal-1

3) Low fat pumpkin bread

At under 105 calories a slice, this loaf packs much less of a calorie punch than many cafe offerings. This recipe also works with butternut squash, if you’re feeling adventurous with your autumn produce!

pumpkin-mix3-5554) Pumpkin spice trail mix

Trail mix is a perfect snack to have on hand at work or school to prevent mid-afternoon “hangriness” (hunger + anger = “hanger”) that we runners are so susceptible to. Walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries and raisins come together to create a perfect sweet-meets-satisfying snack

5) Pumpkin pie dip

Make this Greek yogurt based pumpkin pie dip, slice up some apple and voila, you’ll be able to enjoy two of fall’s best food offerings at the same time!low-fat-pumpkin-pie-dip

6) Pumpkin spice green smoothie

In this day and age, slipping green goodness into all of your food seems to be the health trend of choice. If you’re not ready to jump onto the full-on green smoothie bandwagon, try out this pumpkin spice green smoothie.

Pumpkin-Spice-Smoothie-47) Pumpkin spice smoothie

Smoothie lovers can test out fall flavours with this healthy pumpkin spice smoothie, made by blending frozen banana, pumpkin and almond milk!

8) Skinny pumpkin frappuccino

Since we haven’t quite reached cool fall temperatures yet, this cold pumpkin and coffee offering is the perfect treat. This ingenious recipe involves freezing a milk and pumpkin mixture into ice cubes before blending, to ensure that frappuccino texture. Yum. This recipe is way healthier and less-expensive than its store-bought equivalent.

9) Gluten-free pumpkin wafflesgluten-free-spiced-pumpkin-waffles

Who doesn’t love starting their weekend off with homemade waffles? And triathletes know that post-long run or ride waffles are the BEST kind of waffles out there. Try these pumpkin spice ones on your last big long run before your fall race, to get you into that autumn road racing mindset.

10) Pumpkin spice muffins

These muffins are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free, making them a delectable and nutritious way to start the day. Naturally sweetened with applesauce and honey, you’ll want to make this recipe all year round.