I love fall. I love everything about it. And I absolutely love cooking with fall flavors. Butternut squash, acorn squash, winter squash and turnips just to name a few. I’m a Trader Joe’s shopper and I turn googly eyed when I walk in and see the whole front section filled with fall vegetables and pumpkin flavored everything. But what I love cooking with the most? Pumpkin. I buy at least two jars of pure pumpkin purée a week. It’s affordable, healthy and extremely versatile. I recently made my favorite pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing which you can find here. I love to bake with it. It makes the house smell amazing and it’s just down right delicious.
Pumpkin is packed full of vitamin A and vitamin C. Just one cup contains more than 200% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A. It’s packed with fiber, which we all know can be helpful (you know what I’m talking about) And surprisingly enough, one cup of pumpkin has more potassium than a whole banana. Which makes this orange deliciousness an excellent choice for a post workout treat. So that got me thinking. As much as I love my not so healthy pumpkin cupcakes, I wanted to come up with a healthy, but just as delicious treat to truly bring out the health benefits. I came up with these Pumpkin Energy Balls. They are incredibly easy to make and you probably have almost all the ingredients in your pantry. They are great for after a hard workout or just for an afternoon snack. Give these little guys a try and let me know what you think!
Pumpkin Energy Bites
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry oatmeal
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
In a large bowl combine all of your ingredients and mix throughly. Start with 1 1/2 cups of oats and slowly add extra if mixture is too wet. You want it to be slightly sticky and moist but not too wet as you need it to form into balls. When you take a spoonful it should hold its form. Once dough is at the right consistency, form into 2 tablespoon sized balls. Let them set in the refrigerator for at least an hour before eating. The wet ingredients will soak into the oats and make them heavenly. These guys last about a week in an airtight container.
Each servings is 150 calories