Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin season is here, whether you like it or not!!! I am in the bunch of people who usually like to hold off until its really fall at the end of September buuuut people ask for pumpkin so my blog must deliver. I got to recipe testing and quickly came up with these bites and, I am shocked to say that I am now ready for fall food. I am not giving up my fresh zucchini and garden tomatoes yet but, it’s time to mix up the meals with some fall squash and touches of pumpkin spice.

Everyone (yes, everyone) needs snacks each day and these can help you feel like your snacks are indulgent while still being healthy. You can make these in under 5 minutes and have one for dessert to satisfy your craving for sweets! For a perfect energy balance to carry you physically and mentally from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner, pair 1-2 with some roasted edamame or an organic string cheese. Even better, 2-3 of these are a great pre-workout energy boost providing natural sugar, a touch of protein and some fiber so you don’t get hangry while you’re exercising!

Hope you enjoy these as much as me, my family and Mr. Scarecrow!


Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites (Veg, DF, GF)

Makes 16-18 pieces

Ingredients:

Bites

  • 1/4 C almond meal
  • 1 1/4 C pitted dates
  • 1/3 C oat bran
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (see below)
  • 1/4 C canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: 2 tbsp melted dark chocolate chips

Pumpkin pie spice blend

  • 1/4 C cinnamon
  • 4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp ea: nutmeg and allspice
  • 1 tsp clove
Directions:
  • First, stir pumpkin pie spice ingredients together
  • Reserve 1 tbsp for recipe and store the remainder in an airtight container
  • Add all ingredients to food processor
  • Pulse about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape sides of processor bowl
  • Roll a heaping tablespoon at a time in your hands into balls
  • Melt chocolate in a small ramekin in the microwave and drizzle over with a spoon if you desire
  • Store in airtight container in fridge for up to one week
Nutrition Information (Without Chocolate)

Serving Size: 2 Bites

Calories 100
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: less than 0.5 g
Carbohydrate: 18 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 70 mg   2 %
Potassium: 160 mg 4%

Vitamin A: 12%   Calcium: 3 %   Iron: 4%

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