Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites | Rawlevance.comThere’s something about the start of November that really kicks off autumn for me. Even though autumn started back in September, I think I hold on to the idea of summer for as long as possible. Maybe this is because I grew up in Texas where it’s still as hot as can be until November, but either way, I love when I mentally come around to autumn. All the falling leaves, cozy sweaters, and delicious pumpkins – what’s not to love?

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites | Rawlevance.comTo kick off the autumn spirit, I thought I’d share an easy recipe to satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings when you’re on the go. These energy bites are about as pumpkin as can be with pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, and even pumpkin pie spice. The best part is that you can have these completely guilt free because pumpkin is awesome for your health. Similar to the other orange veggies {carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc.}, pumpkin is packed with beta-carotene which keeps your eyesight sharp and may help prevent cancer. The seeds are also rich in zinc which help power your immune system. So bring on the pumpkin!

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites | Rawlevance.com

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
 
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Pumpkins are quintessential autumn, so good thing they are low in calories and super nutritious! Pumpkins pack tons of beta-carotene which your body converts to vitamin A. With these easy-to-make pumpkin pie energy bites, enjoy your dose of vitamin A on the go!
Serves: 15 energy bites
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  1. In a food processor, chop the pumpkin seeds and ¼ cup of pecans until finely chopped.
  2. Add golden raisins, pumpkin puree, almond butter, and pumpkin pie spice to the food processor. Blend until you no longer see large chunks of raisins. The mixture should be fairly sticky now.
  3. Refrigerate the pumpkin mixture for 30 minutes. Since the pumpkin puree makes these bites a bit more liquid, refrigerating the mixture will make it easier to roll into balls.
  4. Remove mixture from the fridge. Scoop 1 tbsp of mixture and use your hands to roll the mixture into a ball. Repeat until you're out of the mixture.
  5. Finely chop the remaining ½ cup of pecans and add to a medium sized bowl with the remaining cinnamon.
  6. Roll pumpkin pie bites in the pecan mixture to coat. Then enjoy!
Notes
Making your own raw pumpkin puree is easy. Just peel the skin off of a sugar pumpkin {the cute little pumpkins, not the jack-o-lanterns}. Cut in half and scoop out all of the seeds. Dice the pumpkin into cubes and then puree with your food processor.

 

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