Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites

Tis the season for pumpkin.   I was inspired to make this recipe when on the search for a quick healthy post workout snack.   They remind me of some of my favorite energy bars, but a smaller version.  I like the concept of the bites, so when you need a quick energy boost you can just pop one in your mouth and your not committed to eating an entire bar.  They are very easy to make, packed with protein and super delicious.  You can also easily adapt this recipe by adding different ingredients to cater to your own taste.  Try adding chocolate chips,
chia seeds or cinnamon chips.  Cheers, here’s to fall.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Directions:

1.  Combine dates, agave nectar, pumpkin puree, flax seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a food processor.  Pulse until thoroughly combined.

2.  Placed date mixture into large mixing bowl.  Stir in oats, coconut, and pepitas until combined.  Cover and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.

3.  After an hour, use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape mixture into desired size for energy bites.  I made mine about 1″ in diameter.

**Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Storing them in the refrigerator helps the bites to keep their shape.

Adapted from: gimmesomeoven

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