Enter these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites.
So why do we call these delicious little pumpkin balls “energy” bites? Dates!
The sweet-and-sticky fruit that holds all the good stuff in this recipe together is known to be a great source of energy and fiber.
Sweetened with pure maple syrup and rolled in coconut flakes, these treats are a delicious alternative to cookies and cake cravings. Raw pecans and hazelnut extract take the nutty and earthy flavors up a notch. Maple extract can be substituted for hazelnut extract.
But maybe the best thing about these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites is that they don’t involve any baking.
You can get that pumpkin pastry flavor without turning on an oven – just a few spins around a food processor and roll into balls and you’ve got more than a dozen sweet morsels.
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
These pumpkin pie energy bites are a healthier way to enjoy the flavors of the season!
- 1 cup pitted dates
- warm water
- ½ cup raw pecan halves (or pecan pieces)
- ⅓ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (reserve small amount for garnish)
- 1 tsp. pure hazelnut extract (or pure maple extract)
- 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 pinch sea salt or Himalayan salt
Place dates in a medium bowl; cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
Place pecans in food processor; pulse until finely ground.
Add dates, pumpkin, coconut, extract, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt; pulse until well mixed. Place in a medium bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
Using clean hands, roll into tablespoon-sized balls; roll in reserved coconut (if desired).
Store, refrigerated, in airtight container.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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Enjoy as an occasional treat. Be sure to track it.