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

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Back in the day, when I used to eat things that hurt my stomach, I loved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I could inhale those faster than you could say “those are why you’re sick all the time, dummy.”

I can’t say that I really miss them. The way I feel now is so much better that I don’t want to go back. But, that doesn’t mean that I’m not a fan of the Peanut Butter Chocolate combo. If you were to tell me that there is a way for me to eat that combination and still be healthy, I would race you to wherever you were hiding such miraculous treats… and I would probably trip you on the way so that I could have them all by myself.

I’m teling you all of that so you won’t come to my house looking for these energy bites, because I’m very protective of them and I won’t share.

You’ll just have to make your own.

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Disclaimer #1: there are no chocolate chips in this recipe. There is chocolate, but no chips. Those were put there so this would get re-pinned on Pinterest. I know, I’m pathetic.

Disclaimer #2: I even had the nerve to use unorganic chocolate chips with milk and high fructose corn syrup in that picture. Hey, all of the Paleo people just left my site….

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, Non Chocolate-chipped

makes 12 tablespoon sized bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dates, soaked for 15 minutes to soften, then pitted
  • 1/4 cup almonds (you could mix some peanuts in there, too. I just didn’t have any on hand at the time)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (I used natural chunky pb)

Directions:

  • Pulse the dates and almonds in a food processor to combine.
  • Add in cocoa and peanut butter
  • Pulse  a few more times until everything is mixed together quite nicely
  • Scoop out using a tablespoon and refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy! And send me a sample.

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Coconut Macaroons

My third day straight of posting bright and early in the morning. I am on a roll, baby.

Truth is, I have to take a rest day today in preparation for my race… and I hate it. I hate it with everything inside of me. Today is always bike day and I don’t know what to do with myself now thats it’s sit-on-your-butt day. I’m trying to distract myself by telling you about my woes. It’s not working. I’m sitting across from grapefruit and I just did a double take because at first I thought they were bike wheels. Ok well maybe not but almost. Life is rough, man.

I wonder if I can steal away for a few hours on my bike and my body somehow not notice…. Can you keep this a secret for me? Thanks.

In exchange for you covering for me, I made some Macaroons for you. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Paleo, Vegan, and delicious Coconut Macaroons to be exact.

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That’s a pretty sweet deal on your end, if I do say so myself. I’d take it if I were you.

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Coconut Macaroon Energy Bites

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

makes about 14 energy bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and soaked for 15-20 minutes so they’re soft
  • 3 Tablespoons almond meal
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  • Put dates and almond meal in the food processor and pulse a few times to break the dates down.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until everything is well combined.
  • Scoop out by the tablespoon and put them in the fridge for 15 minutes, or eat them right then and there. It’s worth it to wait for the fridge, though.

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Have fun with these!

Less than 24 hours until race time….