Pumpkin Spice Oat Bites

Snacks | November 11, 2014 | By

Pumpkin Spice Bites 1I’ll just cut right to the chase…we’re slackers. Fall has been an insanely busy time in New York, and apparently in LA too. And it may only get worse with holiday season approaching! Even though October and Halloween have come and gone, our pumpkin kick has not. It’s still appropriate to obsess about pumpkin until the end of Thanksgiving, right? Call us Basic if you must, but the truth is pumpkin is delicious, versatile and easy to cook with, so the pumpkin posts continue.

Oat balls are one of my favorite healthy snacks because they’re so easy to grab on your way to the gym or if you need a midday kick at work but want something light. They also keep for a reasonable amount of time sealed in the fridge. These ones are fairly similar to this peanut butter variety I’ve posted previously, but mainly uses the pumpkin as the adhesive to make the balls stick instead of peanut butter. They take about 10 minutes to make, so I always choose these instead of processed granola bars from the store.

I have to admit, this pumpkin spice flavor was maybe one of my favorite combinations yet. I guess I should stock up on pumpkin purée from Trader Joe’s now before the season ends! Pumpkin spice balls in July, anyone?

Bon Appétit!

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Pumpkin Spice Oat Bites

1/2 Cup Almonds

1 Tbsp Agave or Maple Syrup (I used Trader Joe’s Agave-Maple Blend)

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puréé

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips (Or regular chocolate chips, chopped)

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Directions:

Place almonds in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until completely crushed into a powder, on the verge of becoming almond butter (note: may need to pulse and continually scrape sides). Place almond powder into a large bowl. Mix in Agave and pumpkin until smooth. Stir in oats, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie spice, mini chocolate chips and chia seeds. Use your hands to roll the mixture into balls, about 1 – 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place in fridge for best results to allow the balls to set.

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