Pumpkin, Cashew + Coconut Energy Bites

Overview

The holiday’s are officially over, and most of us want to start the New Year with less sugar in our system. These little energy bites make a great alternative to the overly processed sweet stuff. 

Ingredients

  • 2 c. raw cashews, soaked overnight 
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1.5 c. shredded, unsweetened coconut + extra for rolling
  • 2 c. soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 c. flax seed, ground 
  • 2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, or raw honey 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 big pinch nutmeg 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preparation Method

  1. Soak raw cashews in a bowl with water to cover, overnight. Drain soak water, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In blender or food processor, blend soaked cashews + coconut flakes until crumbly. Add all other remaining ingredients and, process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed. Scoop dough by heaping tablespoon, and roll between your hands to form balls. Gently roll balls into additional shredded coconut.
  3. Arrange the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the freezer to set for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life. 

** Note **

Once all of the ingredients are blended, the batter may be a bit too “wet”/sticky. If this is this case, add roughly 1/4 cup coconut flakes, or old fashioned rolled oats work well too. Both of these act as dry ingredients, and should thicken things up nicely. Simply continue to add your dry ingredient of choice, until you can roll into well formed bite shapes. 

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