It’s October and my tastebuds are craving anything pumpkin spice.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger all scream autumn to me and much to my husband’s demise (he cannot stand these “fuzzy” spices) I go into full blown pumpkin mode between now and Christmas.

This morning I played around with making some nutrient packed energy balls with my favorite fall flavors and they came out really good!  Each ball has approximately 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber and 23 grams of carbohydrates making them a great afternoon energy boosting snack, perfect for my kids to have before they are off to dance or soccer.  My biggest challenge is not to eat more than a serving!

They are super easy to whip up in a food processor.  I first shredded up the carrots in my food processor before adding in the rest of the ingredients minus the chocolate chips and blending until smooth.

image3image2-copyAdd in the chocolate chips or cacao nibs after the rest of the ingredients are blended and just quickly pulse to mix.

The dough will be sticky but will harden up in the freezer or fridge after you have formed it into small balls.  Roll the dough into 16 equal sized balls and then place in the fridge for a few hours to harden.  If your balls are too sticky even after freezing or refrigerating them you can roll them in either coconut flakes, cocoa/cacao powder or chia seeds.  Due to the water content in carrots and pumpkin these are definitely moist!

Super easy and so yummy! Enjoy! 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips or cacao nibs

NOTE:  You can use whatever nuts you prefer.  I included a mix for the various nutritional benefits of each nut but swap out as you like.  

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend 1-2 minutes until thoroughly mixed.  Add in the chocolate chips and quickly pulse to mix.
  • Form into 16 evenly sized balls and store in the fridge so they harden before serving.

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