Usually, I hold out on all things pumpkin until October, but I'm prematurely leaning into fall recipes this year and LOVING it.
These pumpkin pie inspired energy bites are a healthy take on one of my most favorite and nostalgic desserts.
By combining protien dense cashews, almonds and hemp seeds, you're giving your body the foundation for new cell generation and repair and you'll be increasing your stamina physically and providing your body with a sustainable energy source.
Pumpkin has its own host of health benefits. Its a powerful antioxidant, making it great skin food, its a powerful immune system strengthener, making it a great choice as the cold and flu season creeps in, and its rich in fiber making it great for hydrating your gut.
I think it should be added to the superfoods list.
These energy bites are spiced by a blend of ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, hitting all the right fall notes AND they are lightly sweetened by the dark, deep flavor of the date syrup and the dried figs.
They are the perfect balance of comfort food and health food.
Raw Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
1 Cup Raw Cashews
1 Cup Dried Figs (Chopped)
1 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 - 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
2 Tbsp Date Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pinch of Sea Salt
Combine all ingredients in a food procssor and process until a thick dough is formed. The dough should be maleable but shouldnt stick to your fingers. Add in more flour if the dough is too sticky.
After the dough has been formed, place it in a glass dish and chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour (this makes it easier to work with).
Once the dough has been chilled, using a tablesoon to make sure the balls are evenly sized, roll out into shaped balls until all the dough has been used.
Roll the balls in hempseeds and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two before eating.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.