A good for you snack made with wholesome ingredients and have all the flavors of fall! Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Energy Balls will help curb your craving for sweets, yet are healthy for you!
Originally Posted September 2013 – Photos Updated October 2015
Here! I made you a snack!
Well, since its the time of the year that the leaves start changing, girls whip out their favorite sweaters, ever so popular camel boots and yoga pants become ‘acceptable’ attire, I thought to jump on the bandwagon with a pumpkin filled recipe! Since I am sugar addict and no meal feels complete without something sweet to end it.
I love throwing together these cute miniature energy balls that are cookie dough impostures. Mostly because I don’t feel bad eating two…or twelve. But who’s counting?
So. These little bites are secretly (shh…don’t tell anyone!) healthy as they are chucked full of flax seed, chia seeds, peanut butter, protein powder, and oats. Gotta fit in those healthy fats, carbs and protein somewhere! Chia seed’s are taking the health spotlight lately. And rightfully so! According to my imaginary doctor, they date back to the Mayan times as an energy source. They aid in weight loss as they are a concentrated source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. As for the flax seed, it is considered on the most powerful plant foods with evidence it may help to fight off heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. Yay. Sign me up. And peanut butter. Please don’t make me tell you the need for peanut butter beyond my obsession with its goodness. If you have a tiff with peanut butter we may need to end our make-believe relationship right here.
Well, please excuse me so I can go shovel a few more pumpkin energy balls into my mouth…because they are all so healthy, right?
- Blend the cashews and oats in a food processor or high speed blender until they're a fine powder. Be careful not to blend too much, as you will have cashew butter!
- In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup and peanut butter. Still until combined.
- Add oats, protein powder, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cashews and pumpkin pie spice to pumpkin mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Roll into ¾" size balls. Roll in toppings of choice, if desired. If dough is stick, place dough in fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour until well chilled. It will be much easier to work with!
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