Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pumpkin Energy Bites

I found this recipe from Gimme' Some Oven the other day and I can't wait to make them today for class tonight! Here is the recipe if you would like to make them too!

Gimme' Some Oven:: No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites

  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)
Ali’s Tip: If you feel like adding a little extra sweetness, these would also be great with some cinnamon or white chocolate chips tossed in.

A note.

It's funny how a simple note can make our whole day. This morning I woke up to one from Natalia in Moscow, a dedicated reader of this blog, and I felt so thankful for her kind words. Writing this blog, has always been one of my favorite things to get up and do... It serves now as almost a diary or journal noting the past 3 to 4 years of my life. I started writing this as a way to reach out, to share and to be a little more courageous when it comes to honesty with myself and others. Like yoga, it serves almost as check-in because I can only really write what I feel.

I just wanted to say thank you to Natalia for the sweet note, my friend Ransom for sending me a book last week, and all the other people in my life who constantly encourage me every single day to keep going...

Around this time last year, here are a few things I was writing about:

-Most Importantly

:) Wishing you all a lovely October day!