Pleasantly Pumpkin Energy Balls

The first cool breeze has blown and the first couple leaves on the trees have turned orange. You know what that means... FALL IS UPON US! And with fall comes some of our favorite seasonal flavors: Pumpkin!

Can you smell the pumpkin pie already? Are you feeling the guilt from all the sweet treats already too? Perhaps we have a solution to your problem: Pumpkin Energy Balls!

Get the pleasures of all your favorite pumpkin flavors with the added benefits of these sweet treats being vegan and gluten free! Making this guilt free too!

Not only that! The pumpkin itself has tons of nutritional values. Pumpkin is commonly known for being high in fiber and helping promote a healthier digestive system. It also contains high antioxidants that fight against the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. With the added benefits of the vitamin content in pumpkins- Vitamins A and C- your immune system will be supercharged after every bite!

Help boost your mood and your health with these sweet treats!

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Makes: 15 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (90g) old fashioned oats (gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup (30g) chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (4Tablespoons/65g) almond or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (90g) pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons maple or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (45g) mini chocolate chips
  • With Health benefits like this and the high caffeine content, it makes this a great pick-me-up beverage for any time of day! If you don't enjoy the taste of raw tea, you're in luck! Matcha powder can come in many different unique flavors without the added sugar.

    Try this zen-full drink iced or hot! Start your morning off right!

    Instructions

    1. In a food processor, place half of the oats (1/2 cup/45g), the already chopped pecans, nut butter, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and spices. Pulse two or three times, until well combined.
    2. Transfer the dough into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining oats, the mini chocolate chips, and stir well.
    3. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, shape and roll the dough into balls.
    4. Place onto a plate and chill in fridge for at least one hour. You can store the energy bites in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
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