Well hey there lovely friends!! I have a super special treat for you today and I really do hope you run into your kitchen and whip up a batch of these goodies right quick!
Pumpkin pie energy bites, little nuggets of delicious goodness. A client tasted one yesterday (yes, sometimes my clients get to benefit from the Abra test kitchen) and said, “Well, that’s just perfect.”
So there, they are perfect.
You know that moment in life when you need just a little bite of something sweet and delicious? MyBFF Karen and I used to call this little bite “a snip”.
Mmmmm…that’s the perfect snip, oh I just want a snip, hand me a snip of chocolate, do you have a snip of something sweet with you?
You get the picture.
What I love so dearly about this “snip” is the abundance of nutrients. If you reach for a little treat and it is no more than chemicals, processed junk-a-rama, and sugar, it will leave you wanting more and more, and then before you know it you’ve eaten WAY more than that one little bite you were craving. When a treat is made with whole food ingredients and peppered with some super powers (Oh yeah, these have super powers) you truly can eat just one and walk away feeling satisfied (one or two, you might want to eat two.)
Super powers you say? Yes, I added a few superfoods to this recipe to make it extra extra special.
On Monday, I taught my superfood class for the gazillionth time (gazillion = somewhere over a dozen and less than a bazillion) As I was preparing for the class I was going through my old notes (read – I was procrastinating, getting distracted, and traveling down memory lane) and realized I taught this class for the first time in 2008! 7 years ago! The class has certainly changed a bunch in 7 years, as new superfoods flood the market, and superfood imposters have to be nixed from the list. I LOVE teaching, I literally get high from it, and this class is one of my favorites. Well, you get to benefit too! Because I always love to create a new recipe every time I teach. One of these days I will pull all of those recipes into a book, that is on my very long list of life plans 🙂
Anyway, back to the superfoods… one tried and true superfood gem has stayed on my syllabus all of these years, MACA. My all time favorite superfood. So in honor of my gazillionth time teaching about superfoods I created this recipe using Maca. Maca is a peruvian root vegetable that has been revered as a potent superfood for centuries. You will find it ground into a powder and it’s sold pretty much everywhere now, at natural grocery stores, or you can definitely find it online. Maca is an adaptogen, a class of food/herbs that work to balance your system. It gives me an excellent boost of energy and cognitive clarity. Maca is also known as natures viagra. So…there is that too 😉
This recipe is simple enough, just pop the ingredients into a food processor and whirl it up. You can then flatten the dough on a sheet of wax paper and cut into nuggets, as I did. Or you can roll into balls or cut into larger bars. Whatever floats your boat. There you have it a billion reasons to make and eat pumpkin energy bites. This recipe yields 35 bites, (each bite containing 38 calories/ all additional nutritional info below). They will keep in the fridge for about 10 days or in the freezer for several months.
One more recipe note: There is another ingredient that may be unfamiliar to you: Lucoma, it is also a superfood and found wherever they sell maca or online. It is a fruit (also from Peru) and is dried into a powder. Lucoma is naturally sweet and adds a “cookie dough” quality to the energy bites. If you can’t find Lucoma, just eliminate from the recipe.
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- 1 cup of walnuts
- ¼ cup of cashews
- 5 dates
- 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon of ground maca
- 1 tablespoon of lucoma
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- In a food processor, fitted with a metal blade attachment, combine walnuts, cashews, and dates. Process until well chopped and fully incorporated. I like to leave mine a little bit chunky for texture.
- Add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maca, and lucoma. Process until all well incorporated.
- Remove from food processor and spread out about ,1/4 inch thick - in the shape of a large square, on a sheet of wax paper. Chill for 30 minutes in fridge.
- Remove from fridge and cut into 35 squares - about ½" x ½"
- Store in fridge or freezer (they will keep for 10 days in fridge and several months in freezer
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