Autumn Energy Bites – Pumpkin Pie

I’m going to cut straight to the point: These are the best energy bites I’ve ever made. Ever. Ever. Ever. They taste like Thanksgiving in a small adorable package — but with none of the Thanksgiving-insulin-spike side effects.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

I’m sure I’m right about their deliciousness because I have a mummy in my picture. Thus, I’m clearly firing on all cylinders today. His name is Scooby. Because I just thought of that. And I like it.

I debated last night on whether or not I was going to make something pumpkin flavored, since that’s kind of conforming to the blogger norm right now, but I went with it anyway since I had that 1/2 can of pumpkin waiting in the fridge (I know all of you know what I’m talking about. Why can’t we bloggers just create recipes that use the whole can???)

Anyway, my taste buds are thanking my decision making abilities right now.

On a random side note, does anyone else have a food processor toddler? I don’t mean a hungry toddler, I mean a food processor that you can’t leave alone for 5 minutes. I was running mine this morning while I made almond butter, and every time I turned around it had moved about 5 inches closer to the edge of the counter. I tried blocking it with a spatula but it just took the spatula with it. Crazy thing.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Makes about 12-13 Tablespoon Sized Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree (the plain canned kind, not pie filling – I feel pressure to clarify cuz that’s what everyone does in their fall recipes….)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Pulse all of the ingredients in the food processor until well combined – About 30 seconds.
  • Scoop out using a Tablespoon (or teaspoon if you’re a dainty individual. I am not)
  • Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Bites

3 Energy Bar Bite Recipes

Rarely do I enter the kitchen with the intention of making something that the rest of the world will find edible. I’m just not about that life. Until today when I was pushing the buttons on my food processor and something edible just kind of happened.

Even my mom, who likes things like Kool-aid, Cheetos, and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups thought that these were “wicked good.”

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 Meet my newest creation- delicious energy bar bites (basically faux-larabars) that are packed full with all-natural ingredients that are sure to power you through whatever you have next on your training agenda…

Did I mention how delicious they are?

And that they’re super easy to make?

And cheaper than pre-packaged bars?

And that I have three different flavors for you -Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Coconut?

Dang, I’m good.

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Almond Butter Bites                                                                                                    Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed – soaked in water for 20 minutes if you find they’re a little tough
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons almond butter

Directions:

  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in almond butter and pulse again until mixed throughout
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 16) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a little

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Peanut Butter Energy Bar Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (i used chunky pb)
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  • Pulse dates, almonds, and peanuts in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in peanut butter and pulse again until well mixed
  • Add in salt, to taste if you so desire
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 16) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a little

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Salted Chocolate Coconut Energy Bar Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 1/2 tbsp natural cocoa powder (basically unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder in the can)
  • 2-3 heaping tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in coconut and cocoa and pulse until incorporated throughout
  • Add in almond butter and vanilla and pulse again
  • Add salt to tase
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 20ish) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a littleIMG_3442

Wash ’em down with a nice glass of almond milk and go seize the day.

Question of the day:

Are you good at kitchen experiments? 

I’m not!

P.S. I also have a salted caramel coconut flavor… but I’m gonna make you wait a little longer to have that one 🙂

A Friday in the Life

Friday’s are awesome.

Mine started as usual with an ab workout-today was a circuit with russian twist variations, and crunches AMRAP for 30 minutes (yeah, I speak cross-fit sometimes when I want people to think I lift heavy things…) followed by bicep exercises for time, followed by a 5 min plank workout.

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Followed by FOOD (that’s not a crossfit acronym–I mean a lot of food)

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Those up there are just a teaser of a recipe that’s coming tomorrow. I know, I’m mean.

I made them for second breakfast and ate only about 15 of them.

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Next I made salads for mom and I for lunch. Confession: I also had some peanut butter toast. Sometimes I like starchy carbs other than zucchini. I can hear a gasp of outrage from the Paleo section right now. Sorry, guys.

Later it was time for errands. I picked up my school supplies, textbooks, and also some ingredients for another recipe I’m hoping to perfect this weekend…

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I’m not sure why I went Laker’s colors for my notebooks this year… it just kind of happened that way. Also, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but something is telling me that I’m going to love that class…

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Next it was dinner time, so I made my family’s favorite fish recipe. It’s this Mediterranean Fish from The Gluten Free Goddess. It’s kind of genius.

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I was too busy wiping drool off of my face to get a really good picture.

Next on the agenda is apples and peanut butter and resting up for tomorrow’s workout- I’m going to ride 15 miles to a track, work on sprints, ride back, and eat everything.

Question of the day:

What was your favorite thing you ate this fine Friday?

Mine was definitely my newest creation… that I will be revealing tomorrow so stay tuned!