Pumpkin Spice is Here….and So is the Sugar
Tis the season for everything pumpkin spice, unfortunately, a lot of it is also laden with sugar. Don’t get me wrong, sugar is great in moderation but sometimes it would be nice to have a treat that doesn’t give you that energy crash later. Enter Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites!
The great thing about these is that they mix in enough protein and more complex carbohydrates that you won’t experience the sugar crash after. Added bonus you can use honey, maple syrup, agave, or really any of your favorite more natural sweeteners. Adjust the sweet to your liking to reduce the sugar even further! The flax and oatmeal in the recipe are considered galactagogues, or substances that promote breastmilk supply. After talking with your care provider, you could even substitute out some of the flax for brewer’s yeast, another commonly used galactagogue. Make sure to taste test as you go along, Brewer’s yeast can add a bitter taste if you add too much.
Perfect for Busy Moms
Not only is this a no-bake recipe that you can whip up in 15 minutes, it is incredibly flexible. Chances are a majority of the ingredients are in your pantry already! This recipe also easily makes 24 bites (or more depending on the size you choose) so make them up and store in the freezer for a quick energy boost between meals because let’s face it, many days as moms we don’t get to have our meals in a timely manner.
Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
- 3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal (you can use gluten-free here if you want!)
- 1 cup all-natural Pumpkin Puree
- 1 cup all-natural Peanut butter, Almond butter, Sunflower butter or any butter of your preference
- 1/3 – 2/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (adjust to your preference)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 4-6 Tbsp ground flax seeds (start low and add until the dough isn’t wet. Trade out a tbsp or two for brewer’s yeast if you wish)
- 1 cup of any other add in that you desire such as small chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, chopped peanuts, raisins, or coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips. You could use dark chocolate/cacao pieces, or just skip them altogether.
- Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl until very thoroughly mixed.
- Roll into balls of about 1″ in diameter or size to your desire.
- Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper & freeze one hour.
- Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. This recipe was found at Clean Food Crush.