Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

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I love pumpkins. I love everything about them but my favorite is baking with them! We all know to watch what we eat during the Fall because of all the delicious treats that come our way make the Holiday season so much better. But, not to worry because I have you covered. These healthy pumpkin pie energy bites taste like pumpkin pie except it won’t do damage to your waistline. These chewy little bites of joy has all of the hearty flavors like¬†your favorite chewy granola bars with a nutty texture. I also love to add chia seeds for additional nutrition and fiber as well. When 3 o’clock comes rollin around, a little snack always spikes up the day..at least for me and this is just perfect. Pumpkin is such a seasonal fruit and there’s only so little time we have with them so get cooking!

Yield: 12-15 balls

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup uncooked oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 -3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips; optional
2 Tbsp raisins (or dried cranberries); optional

Steps:
1. In a food processor or in a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients until combined. With a mini ice-cream scooper, scoop mixture into little balls and round into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place on plate or baking sheets and let set and slightly harden for 15 minutes. Be sure to store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy just as much as I do!
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