Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

So why are these little pumpkin balls “energy” bites? Dates! The sweet and sticky fruit that holds all the good stuff in this recipe together is known to be a great source of energy and fiber. In addition, pumpkin’s high concentration of potassium helps replenish that important electrolyte after workouts. Sweetened with pure maple syrup and rolled in coconut flakes, these treats are a clean alternative to candy and cake cravings – and they won’t cause you to crash. Plus, the addition of raw pecans and hazelnut extract take the nutty and earthy flavors up a notch; because healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

But maybe the best thing about these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites is that they don’t involve any baking. You can get that pumpkin pastry flavor without turning on an oven – just a few spins around a food processor and rolling into balls and you’ve got more than a dozen sweet morsels packed with clean and healthy fall flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 8 servings, 2 energy bites each

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • Warm water

  • ½ cup raw pecan halves (or pecan pieces)

  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree

  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes , reserve small amount for garnish

  • 1 tsp . pure hazelnut extract (or pure maple extract)

  • 1 tsp . pure maple syrup

  • 2 tsp . pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

Instructions

  1. Place dates in a medium bowl; cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Drain. Set aside.

  2. Place pecans in food processor; pulse until finely ground.

  3. Add dates, pumpkin, coconut, extract, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; pulse until well mixed. Place in a medium bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.

  4. Using clean hands, roll into tablespoon-sized balls; roll in reserved coconut (if desired).

  5. Store, refrigerated, in airtight container.


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