These Pumpkin Yogurt Bites are a healthy autumn dessert. Packed with pumpkin spice, gingersnaps, and butterscotch, they’re delectably delicious and perfect for bringing along to family and friend gatherings.
Today we’re gonna talk about these adorable pumpkin yogurt bites. But first…how to deal with bullies. Because bullies threatened to squander my happiness from these pumpkin bites. And bullies just are not worth losing any happiness over. If you want to skip all the bully talk, skip to the bottom. I’ll let ya know when to jump back in!
So let’s set the scene. I’m sitting in my usual cozy coffee shop. I’ve just got off the phone with the boyfriend-tulip-man, so I’m happy. I mean, when you’re working with a 7-hour time difference, any phone call is a blessing. Albeit it’s a hushed coffee shop kind of phone call, it’s a happy call all the same. And I’m happy because I whipped up two sweet potato recipes this morning without any kitchen fails or fires. And I’m extra happy because I’m loving how the photos of these pumpkin bites turned out. So I’m just editing away at the photos, having a happy day.
I notice two men and a woman leaving the table next to me. I think “wow they’re dressed so nicely!” I overhear one say he just had his 60th birthday. “Happy birthday!” I think, not wanting to butt in.
That’s when the girl next to me mumbles “what a**holes!”, referring to the impeccably dressed group that just left. “That’s weird” I think, “they seem nice enough to me”.
I get back to editing for a few minutes, until suddenly one of the well-dressed men has returned to the coffee shop, hovering over my computer, yelling at me. “Why are you here?! You haven’t even touched your coffee! You’re just taking up space! Go home!” This goes on for at least an entire minute, an eternity when a huge man is yelling at you in the middle of a quiet coffee shop.
I was too shocked to speak, but mustered up enough to say, “that’s so rude, please leave”. He left. And only after he left did the surrounding coffee drinkers come to my aid, informing me that the well-dressed group had been viciously, loudly talking about me for the entire half hour I’d been there, completely unbeknown to me.
A half hour?! What did I do to these people? I was offered a ride home. Someone suggested it’d be wise not to walk home but to take a taxi. I began to think, “Well maybe I was taking up too much space? Maybe they were saving that seat? Maybe I was speaking too loudly?”
But you know what? I did nothing to these people. The moment I realized that their determined hatred towards me, a stranger in a coffee shop, was merely a reflection of themselves, all of the pressure I was placing on myself in search of an answer that would explain their hate disappeared.
Because people secure in who they are do not reflect their insecurities on strangers. Because happy people do not cast darkness on others. Because people with love in their hearts do not seek to break the hearts of others. Because wise, genuinely interesting individuals do not gossip about people, but rather discuss ideas, goals, dreams…
So while the words I mustered to him hardly constitute a comeback, I’ve since thought of a few. And I think these could be applicable for many bully situations, because they hit the core of the problem…how the bullies feel about themselves. So next time someone, for no particular reason, is rude, mean, or downright nasty towards you, don’t let their insults reflect on you. Instead, hit ‘em with these:
- With complete, stone-cold composure: “You seem a bit insecure about something. Are you okay?”
- With a look of concern: “I’m sorry you’re feeling sad today.” Also possible here, “I’m sorry you’re feeling unfulfilled.”
- In nourishing, maternal tone: “There there, let it all out.”
- And my personal favorite: “Who ate your bowl of sunshine this morning, thundercloud?”
Moral of the story, never let anyone prevent you from being you. And if it takes a good bit of self talk and maybe listening to that one song you love and making yourself dance around the apartment until your happiness is back at 110%, well then dance away.
But I digress…pumpkin yogurt bites. (If you skipped the bully talk, come back to us now!) These are basically a healthy pumpkin cheesecake that uses yogurt instead of cream cheese (and it’s no bake!)
These lil pumpkin cheesecake bites are pumpkiny, creamy, require minimal effort, and won’t produce the same level of guilt as will the other pies at the pie table this holiday season. I mean I don’t even feel guilty…and I ate all of them. So, there’s that.
- 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree 425 g
- 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 227 g
- 1 3.5-oz pkg butterscotch pudding 99 g, the cook and serve variety
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg .5 g
- ½ tsp ground ginger 1 g
- 1 tsp cinnamon 2.5 g
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves .5 g
- 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs 300 g
- 4 Tbsp butter 60 g, melted
- 2 Tbsp caramel sauce or enough to thoroughly drizzle
- In a medium saucepan, bring pumpkin, yogurt, and butterscotch pudding mix to medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook for about 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Mix in spices and set aside.
- Use a food processor to crush gingersnap cookies into fine crumbs, or place cookies in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Mix gingersnap crumbs and melted butter. The mixture should stick together very loosely when pressed together.
- Line muffin tin wells with muffin cup papers or grease well. Spoon a hefty bit of the crumb mixture into each well. With clean fingers, press so mixture firmly lines the bottom and halfway up the sides of each well.
- Dollop a spoonful of the pumpkin mixture into each well, being careful not to break the crumb crust as you gently spread the pumpkin so it is even with the top of the muffin paper.
- Set in fridge for about an hour, then drizzle with caramel sauce and enjoy!