A recipe for Fall. ? ? ?
These are a fabulous no-bake, plant-based treat packed with delicious spices to lift your spirits and fill your belly.
Pumpkin Energy Bites
1 ¼ cup rolled oats
1 T chia seeds
1 ½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup smooth almond butter
¼ cup pumpkin, fresh or canned
¼ cup honey (we used CBD infused honey)*
1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
2 T cacao nibs
Optional: unsweetened coconut shreds
Put oats, chia seeds and spices in a food processor and process until combined. Just a few pulses, be careful not to overprocess the oats. Add in almond butter, pumpkin, honey and vanilla. Pulse again until combined. Add in cacao nibs and pulse 2-3 more times. Roll the mixture into 1-2 T sized balls. Roll in coconut shreds if desired. Makes about 12. Store in the fridge for up to or week or in the freezer for longer.
If you like to cook, the fall is a great time to roast a pumpkin and make your own puree to cook with all season. Choose a sugar or cheese pumpkin from a local farm stand. Rinse and dry the outside. With a good knife carefully cut the pumpkin into thick wedges about 2-3 inches thick. Remove seeds from each wedge and save for toasting or planting. Place the pumpkin wedges skin side down on a baking sheet. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes depending on size of wedges, roast until tender. Let cool. Spoon out pumpkin meat from wedges into the food processor and process into puree (only a few pulses). Make your pumpkin balls and store rest in the freezer to have for lots of delish fall pumpkin recipes.
Go to heatherhealswithfood.com for more seasonal recipes!
*Go to staybalancedLLC.com/apps/recipe/ for CBD-infused honey recipe!
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