Have you seen the energy bite craze on Pinterest lately? They were intriguing to me so I decided to go out on a limb and try making a pumpkin version. Tis the season (almost). I think they turned out pretty darn good and my girls loved them too. They are packed with lots of whole grain and fiber – plus vitamin A from the pumpkin puree. So go get your work out on and then come home and devour a couple of these!
Makes about 12 bites
1 1/2 c Almond flour (I made my own…it’s really easy and MUCH cheaper than buying it in the store. Take 1 6oz bag of slivered almonds (no skin). I buy mine at Aldi for about $2.50/bag. Place 1/2 the bag in a blender and blend for 30 seconds at a time (you don’t want to over blend or you will get almond butter!). It will turn into a powdery consistency. Remove and place in bowl and repeat for other 1/2 of bag.
1c old fashioned oats (not quick cook)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1 Tbs flax seed
1/4 c dark chocolate chips (or semi sweet)
1/2 c sweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 c agave syrup (you could try maple syrup too)
Place Oats, flax seed, all spice, cinnamon and salt in blender and blend for 30 second – 1 minute (oats should not be all the way ground). Place this mixture with your almond flour in bowl. Mix in your chocolate chips. In a separate bowl, whisk pumpkin puree, agave, and coconut flakes together. Combine wet ingredients into dry until incorporated. With spoon create inch size balls, rolling the dough in between hands and place on parchment lined plate. Should make between 12-15 bites. Place in refrigerator to keep.