Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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Fall is in the air and the temptations to buy the pumpkin spice lattes and cranberry bliss bars seem to be increasing! Anyone else ?!? I almost couldn’t resist when I was in Starbucks the other day (don’t get me started on my mug obsession…so many great designs this year!) Here is a pumpkin/fall inspired healthified dessert and snack.
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Place dates in a medium bowl; cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes. Drain. Set aside.
  2. Place pecans in food processor; pulse until finely ground.
  3. 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.
  4. Using clean hands, roll into tablespoon-sized balls; roll in reserved coconut (if desired).
  5. Store, refrigerated, in airtight container.

Recipe from BB Blog


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