It’s officially that time of year… pumpkin everything season! Every year around September, brands of all types began selling their version of a pumpkin spice product, some good and some definitely not. While I definitely have my favorites (pumpkin pie Perfect Bars YUM), it’s important to watch out for what’s actually pumpkin spice and what’s hiding behind a name.
Not only has Starbucks hopped on the train of pumpkin spice flavoring, but so has everything from crackers to almond milk to goat cheese. However, many of these brands use artificial pumpkin flavoring, and have no actual trace of real pumpkin in them. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have real pumpkin, not only because it tastes better but also because it’s better for you!
Fall is the perfect time to make simple and delicious snacks and treats to share with others, and these energy bites are the perfect choice. They are a great addition to your morning yogurt bowl or with some fruit on the side for breakfast, or you can grab a couple in between activities for a quick pick-me-up. Yum!
These can also be made with or without chocolate chips, and the addition of collagen peptides make these bites a great source of protein and boost for your hair and skin.
So, without further ado, please enjoy making this delicious snack and happy fall! 🙂
Makes 10-12 Bites
- 1/3 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup organic canned (or fresh mashed) pumpkin
- 3 tbs. powdered peanut butter (preferably unsweetened- I like Crazy Richard’s)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2/3 cup whole grain oats
- 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (optional)
- 2 tbs. softened coconut oil
- drizzle pure maple syrup (optional)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
In a food processor, combine all ingredients and chop until smooth. Roll into bites or other desired shape and refrigerate for up to one week. Enjoy!