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Cacao Pumpkin Protein Energy Bites

Pumpkin Cacao Energy Bites

Cacao Pumpkin Protein Energy Bites.Pumpkin Spice and everything nice, any time of the year! Packed with goodness and a taste of Fall in every bite! And they happen to be Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Bake (and no food processor!), coming together in just 10-15 minutes! Pumpkin adds nice moisture, is packed with nutrients, and adds a natural sweetness, so you don’t have to add lots of honey or other sweeteners.

 

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1 1/14 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
  5. 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (I use Ka’chava)
  6. 1/2 cup coconut
  7. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree (I used 3/4 cup)
  8. 1/4 cup maple syrup (I used 1 tablespoon)
  9. 1/2 cup almond butter or your favorite nut or seed butter (I used PB-8 powder Peanut butter)
  10. 1/3 cup mini chips or substitute raisins (I love to add or substitute unsweetened cranberries and dried blueberries)
  11. I replaced the chips with 1/2 cup of cacao nibs
  • SUBSTITUTE: REPLACE items 1 & 4 with Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Organic Rolled Oats with Ancient Grains.Cacao Pumpkin Protein Energy Bites

Prep It!

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine chia seeds, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, rolled oats, and coconut. (you can use a mix or mix by hand).
  • Add almond butter, pumpkin, and maple syrup to the dry ingredients and mix to combine (mixer or by hand)
  • Add in chips and mix till just combined.
  • Roll mix into approximately 1 1/2 inch balls,. You’ll get 12-14 balls depending on size.
  • Store in refrigerator for 4-5 days or freezer for several months.
  • I keep coconut for the end and roll the bites in it.
  • Enjoy!
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