Thyroid health is maintained by the best foods and nutrients. Sometimes it feels hard to find “fun” and “comfort” foods that we can eat, especially snacks and “treats.”
In the season, and month, that’s all about treats, here’s a fun one that is all about pumpkin too!
Add Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites to your October pumpkin recipe search. It’s a great add-on to your clean, lean, healthy eating regime.
Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites
8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
1/4 cup organic honey (this is okay as a sweetener as it’s not overwhelming in the recipe)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree – organic
1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked) – organic
1 cup toasted coconut flakes – organic
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds – organic (Buy already toasted or toast/roast your own!)
Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. 1-inch in diameter is a good size. Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)
You may find that you want more cinnamon, or add a little Stevia to sweeten a bit more.