At last! It’s finally fall! I know, I know, calm down, what’s so exciting about fall? Well for starters this will be the first fall that I actually get to experience leaves changing color, falling off the trees and raking them up multiple times I’m sure, and buying cold weather clothes. I love this time of year because it is the start to the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, I love them all! I’m sure by now you’ve all been seeing pumpkin and apple recipe showing up all over Pinterest, food websites, and magazine covers. I have to say I was so tempted for the past few weeks to start baking and creating new recipes using them, but I held off. It wasn’t easy, but I officially made my first pumpkin recipe for fall on Sunday.
What you’re not impressed?! Yes, I am aware that these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites are not the most drool worthy snack to feast your eyes on. I promise though that they taste delicious and are sure to put you into the spirit of fall!
I made these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites because I was looking for a snack to keep around the house that was both tasty and healthy. They were just what I needed. They are made with all healthy ingredients, except for the chocolate chips of course, but hey you gotta give a little somewhere.
To make these I combined oats, flax meal, peanut butter, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, honey, and mini chocolate chips. I mixed everything together in a bowl and then let it chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Refrigerating the mixture helps it firm up so that it is easier to roll into bite sized balls.
After rolling the mixture into balls I put them in an airtight container and layered them with wax paper so they wouldn’t stick together. I then stored them in the freezer. By keeping them in the freezer they won’t get too soft and they will last longer. These Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites were the perfect little snack to eat before my run and when I got my afternoon sweet tooth. If you are looking for a healthy, dessert-like snack that is full of fall flavor then give these a try!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 T. maple syrup
- 1 T. honey
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 T. mini chocolate chips (optional)
- In a medium sized bowl combine all of the ingredients.
- Stir together all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Roll the mixture into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
- Store the Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites in an airtight container lined with wax paper.
- Keep them in the freezer for up to a month.
You can keep these in the fridge, but I found that the texture became a little soft and sticky.