I did it. I jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon. I mean how can I you not when the weather gets cool and the sweaters come out? I keep seeing pumpkin everywhere and needed some in my life without all of the refined sugar. All of those pumpkin muffins, scones and ice-cream look amazing, but if I give in once I know I'll want to go back for more every day. To curb those cravings but still enjoy the taste of pumpkin that I love so much I decided an energy bite was the way to go. I love energy bites for myself and also to have on hand for Everly. It's such a quick and easy snack that is filling, easy to throw in my bag and is guilt-free. Now that I'm in my third trimester, I almost always need a sweet treat after my meals. Having these on hand keeps me from reaching for the unhealthy snacks.
These bites taste like a little piece of pumpkin pie. They are raw, vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. They come together in no time and store so well in the fridge or freezer. They are soft and chewy, so I prefer them stored in the freezer to make them a bit more firm. If you need a snack for your kids lunches or something to have on hand for yourself, whip these up! Trust me, they will not disappoint and they will not last long.
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Makes: 14 bites
Time: 10 minutes
1 3/4 cups unblanched almond flour
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
5 large medjool dates (you won't get the same result with other dates)
2 tbs ground flaxseed
1 tbs 100% pure maple syrup
2 tbs melted coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cloves
pinch of sea salt
Place dates and 1 tbs of water into a food processor or blender (I use the Ninja blender) and blend until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend until everything is mixed together.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and form golf ball sized balls. I was able to get 14, but that may differ depending on what size you make them.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.