Fall is just around the corner and for all of you pumpkin spice lovers I have just the treat for you, without all of the added calories. I wanted to share with you my favorite pumpkin inspired recipes with a healthy kick.
These Pumpkin Pie Energy bites pack all the autumnal flavor I want without the added sugar and calories I don’t. Perfect for the very real struggle of trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle amid all the holiday tempation and candy.
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. In addition, pumpkin’s high concentration of potassium helps replenish that important electrolyte after workouts. Sweetened with pure maple syrup and rolled in coconut flakes, these treats are a clean alternative to candy and cake cravings – and they won’t cause you to crash. Plus, the addition of raw pecans and hazelnut extract take the nutty and earthy flavors up a notch; because healthy doesn’t have to be boring.
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 rolling into balls and you’ve got more than a dozen sweet morsels packed with clean and healthy fall flavor.
This Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites recipe is a fan favorite from Autumn Calabrese’s FIXATE cookbook. That might be helped by the fact that each serving includes not one, but two pieces of pumpkin goodness. And, this sweet treat doesn’t even use up those scarce and precious yellow containers, which is a major score. 21-day fix-ers, you know what I’m talking about! These energy bites count as one purple potion fix container and half of a blue container.
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
- 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.