This recipe reminds me of my childhood when I received my first cookbook.
One of the first recipes I whipped up was a batch of energy bites. They were simple and easy to make. And I got to use my hands to do the mixing (what kid doesn't love that??)
And this is my fun Fall version: Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites!
For years I've whipped them up not just for a quick and easy snack, but for holiday parties and social gatherings too because they're a yummy crowd pleaser!
Plus they boast a hearty balance of protein, complex carbs and healthy fats to keep you going strong... making them a great midday pick-me-up too!
Spoil yourself with a batch of these simple, delicious and nutritious fun seasonal treats!
1 & 1/2 C oats (you can also use gluten free)
1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/2 C natural creamy peanut butter (or sub with your favorite non nut butter spread)
1/3 C honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Slightly less than 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 - 3 Tbsp. golden flax seeds
1/4 C shredded coconut
1/4 C mini chocolate chips (optional)
Mix all ingredients except the coconut together in a large mixing bowl, using a spoon and blend well.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
On a large plate or non-stick cutting board spread out a thin layer of shredded coconut (optional).
Scoop a large spoonful of dough and roll into a 1” ball, then roll to coat in the coconut (optional). Continue forming dough into 1” balls, coating if desired.
Place dough balls on the lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.
Store in the refrigerator up to a week in an airtight container.
Tip - I typically roll half the dough balls in coconut and leave the other half plain (for my non-coconut fans in the house). You can also roll them in crushed graham cracker (which is a kid favorite for sure!).
Eat and Enjoy!
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