Posted on October 28 2016
Pumpkin season is upon us and that means that there’s all kinds of treats out there from lattes to pancakes with the flavor of the season. As the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air, I am so excited to welcome the cool air and the sweaters. Bring it on, Fall! Something I start to notice as the autumn hits, my energy levels start to drop and I feel a bit sluggish as the days get shorter. I decided that I would make something that had the flavor of fall and could give me a bit of an energy boost. These Protein Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites are so good and they have such great ingredients in them that not only do they taste delicious, they have a health bit of protein (so important for active people’s diets!) as well as a simple boost of simple energy and they are no-bake, so they are super easy to make!
Protein Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
1 ½ Cups Quick Oats
½ Cup Pumpkin Pie Puree
½ Cup Peanut Butter
⅓ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
1 heaping Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
⅓ Cup Ground Flaxseed
2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
½ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Start by pulverizing the oats in a food processor. You don’t want them too powdery, but broken up enough that they aren’t large pieces anymore.
2. Add all other ingredients at once to food processor EXCEPT for the chocolate chips. Pulse until blended and a ball starts to form.
3. Add chocolate chips and pulse until they are mixed in and little bit crushed. Carefully remove the blade.
4. Grab a large pinch to form the mixture and roll into a ball about the size of a ping pong ball. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Do this until you have used up all the mixture and place the energy balls in the freezer.
These protein pumpkin pie energy bites get their protein from the peanut butter, protein powder and flax seed. The energy comes from the oats, and maple syrup. These are a perfect post workout or pre workout snack. A serving is 2 balls.
To store them, you can keep them in your freezer in an airtight container. They can be enjoyed frozen or thawed.
Note: To make these vegan, just use soy protein powder instead of a whey based powder.
Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog
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