It is finally pumpkin spice season, although if you ask me that is any time of year. I do pumpkin all year long, it’s so great for vitamin A. But since the rest of the country/northern hemisphere does pumpkin in fall – September/October is the acceptable time to roll out the pumpkin spice.
I’ve been looking for a festive option for my energy bites and after a few trials – I really find most of the date versions of energy bites too sweet (and maybe I’d dated out), I arrived at these. I also added a chocolate drizzle. You can have them with chocolate or without – but if you haven’t tried pumpkin and chocolate together I’d recommend trying it at least once.
I also caved and paid for pumpkins – I’ve grown up with pumpkins for free because my parents raise and sell them but since I now live thousands of miles away, I can’t get a shipment for free. 😦
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Makes 20… I just make them about quarter diameter?
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c pecans
- 1 T flax seed
- 3-4 T maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/4 c + 1 T almond butter
- 3 T pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanila
- 1/3 c dark chocolate chips
- 1 T coconut oil
- Put oats, flax seed, and pecans in a food processor and pulse until ground into a fine crumb. Add vanilla and pie spice and pulse to combine. (Can add flax in the second addition with with spice and vanilla if a more whole form is desired).
- Add in pumpkin and almond butter. Pulse to combine – pushing down when necessary.
- Lastly gradually add maple syrup to make cohesive “dough”.
- Roll dough into small bite size balls and slide into fridge to store or hold shape.
- If using the chocolate drizzle, heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir to combine and repeat heating and stirring until fully melted together and smooth.
- Drizzle chocolate over balls or dip bites directly into chocolate – return to fridge to harden.
Eat and enjoy! They are such a great option for handling those holiday flavor cravings.
While testing this recipe I tried a version for a work client without the pecans, and I definitely like it better with pecans since pecans and pumpkin just go so well together. I also prefer the almond butter to peanut butter since peanut butter has such an powerful flavor in my opinion – delicious, but not sure I’m ready to mix my peanut butter and pumpkin just yet.
What are some of your favorite fall flavors? Pumpkin reminds me of home. Do you find yourself craving more comfort foods and the weather cools?