Power Ingredient: Pumpkin

Fall isn’t just about the pumpkin spice latte.

Despite what your coffee receipts might suggest pumpkin isn’t only having a moment in lattes! This fall, people are incorporating pumpkin into a bunch of interesting and tasty recipes – think everything from sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of salads to roasting with Indian spices to create pumpkin masala. I decided it was about time on got on board and decided to make Gimme Some Oven creator, Ali Ebright’s Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites. These bites are sweet and salty – not to mention are easy to whip up and boast a ton of health benefits, including loads of vitamin A, fiber, beto-carotenes, potassium and vitamin C. These bites make a great post-workout snack and if you’re looking to make friends, I suggest bringing some to share with your fellow HBfitters! 

PUMPKIN NO BAKE ENERGY BITES

(recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serving size: 20

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

 

PREPARATION

  1. Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

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