This fall Elite Sports Clubs fitness intern, Taylor Thompson, prepared this dish as a quick energy dessert for willing tasters following their workout at various Elite clubs locations. I personally love the great taste and ease of preparation for these Pumpkin Bites, which could be taken to a holiday party without any baking!
Pumpkin Energy Bites Recipe
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 28-36 balls
- 3-cups dry rolled oats, can be gluten free
- 1-cup pumpkin purée, can be all natural
- 1-cup peanut butter, can be all natural, or almond butter
- 1/2-cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2-tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2-tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1-tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-cup chopped almonds
- 1/2-cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together. Form into 1-inch balls.
- Place on waxed paper and place on cookie sheet.
- Place in freezer for 1-hour, and then store into refrigerator until ready to eat.
- Keep covered. Will keep for up to a week.
Each pumpkin ball/bite contains approximately 75-175 calories when making 36 balls, and depending on if adding chocolate. (Generally fewer calories than a 3” cookie.)
Additional option: if mixture is too moist, add 4-6 Tbsp.ground Flaxseed, 1-Tbsp. at a time.
Written by Rita Larsen, RDN, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor
Rita is certified in Positive Psychology, University of Penn; has a BS in Dietetics from Kansas State University; and an Internship and Masters at the Indiana University Medical Center.
This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.