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Pumpkin No-Bake Power Bites


INGREDIENTS

8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates

1/4 cup honey

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)

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Tip: If you feel like adding a little extra sweetness, these would also be great with some cinnamon or white chocolate chips tossed in.

A Healthy Hot Mess by Jennifer Stawarz

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