Power Foods Friday – Pumpkin Energy Bites

The Scoop:

I seriously cannot believe this is the last Power Foods Friday before my marathon. Whaaaaaaat?  It seems like I just started talking about this race, and here I am, two days away from it!  I feel like the Power Food Fridays have been an important piece of the training puzzle, forcing me to focus on runner-specific nutrition each week, something I’ve often neglected in the past.  I wanted to keep the momentum going with a power food recipe that would be the perfect cap to my months of training.  Since I’ll be on the go all weekend, I knew I wanted to make something portable, and after scouring my favorite food blogs, I found the perfect recipe for Pumpkin Energy Bites.  They are chock full of good-for-you ingredients and not loaded down with fat and sugar like the store bought energy bars.  These bites are quick to make, easy to transport, and last for a week+ in your refrigerator.  I shared some with the girls at work and we all agreed this is a winning recipe!

I’m actually on the bus right now, cruising down I-95 towards Washington, DC (free wifi on Megabus–holla!).  As I sprinted out of the house this morning to make my 7:50 departure on time, you better believe I was thanking my lucky starts that I had thought ahead and made a grab-and-go snack to bring along!  So here I am, happily working on my blog, sipping my coffee, and munching on Pumpkin Energy Bites.  Breakfast of champions baby!

The Goods:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup golden raisins (regular  will work  fine if  that  is what you have)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds (flax seeds will also work)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of tosted coconut
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Food Processor

The Deets:

These babies are no-bakes so  there is no need to even pre-heat your oven.

Dump the raisins, honey, pumpkin, chia seeds, salt, and pumpkin pie spice into your food processor.   Quickly pulse it to combine all of the ingredients and break  up the raisins a bit.  Once the mixture is evenly distributed, transfer it to a large bowl.  Add the uncooked oats, the toasted coconut, and the pepitas, and mix them in by hand.  The mixture will seem really dry a first, but keep stirring and it will start to moisten up.  (sorry, I don’t like the word moist.  Neither does Small One.  But  I couldn’t think of a good synonym.)  Once all of the ingredients have been combined, refrigerate the mixture for at least a half hour.

**Quick note on toasted coconut:  You can purchase coconut pre-toasted, but it is super easy to make at home.  I already had plain coconut flakes in my apartment, so I just threw some in a non-stick pan over medium heat and let them go for about 10 minutes, stirring every so often to keep them from burning.

Once your pumpkin mixture has chilled, remove it from the fridge and start forming it into balls.  I found the most effective way to do this was to scoop a heaping tablespoon into my hand and squeeze it hard to pack it together.  Once the ingredients were tightly packed, I was easily able to roll them into balls.  I recommend refrigerating your Pumpkin Energy Bites for another hour before serving to let them firm up a little bit more.   You can continue storing them in the fridge for at least another week for a quick and powerful snack any time!

The Inspiration:

This recipe is very mildly adapted from the Pumpkin Energy Bites over at Gimme Some Oven.  I just made a couple of changes based on the ingredients I had around the house.

Did I ever tell you that I get car sick?  Well I do.  And I’m blogging in a moving vehicle.  So far so good, but I should probably log off before my luck runs out.  Marathon updates and DC foodie adventures coming next week!  : )

XOXO,

Tall One

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6 thoughts on “Power Foods Friday – Pumpkin Energy Bites

  1. Reblogged this on pace of mind and commented:
    Today is Meghan’s last Power Foods Friday before her big run at the Marine Corps Marathon! I’m reblogging this PERFECT energy on the run snack because it’s just the kind of thing I’ll need to pack as an office bite to get me through our 3 day residence with musician, Rob Schwimmer. The gallery is jam packed with events next week and I need to be on my toes all day, even after getting my runs in early in the morning. I’ll making a batch of these Pumpkin Energy Bites on Sunday afternoon!

    Meg is aiming to PR with a time of 3:25 at Marine Corps. I can’t wait to get my long run in on saturday, so that I can wake up early Sunday morning, take the dog for a walk as the sun comes up, then head to Dunkin for my weekly hazelnut coffee 🙂 I’m snuggle up back in bed and start tracking Meghan every step of the way. There will be cheers, yells and fist pumps the whole way through!

    Despite the sudden pop-up of hurricane Sandy warning the DC area for the same day, I’m sending her luck of hugs and luck. Hopefully the storm holds off until Sunday evening, giving her the chance to avoid those 22 mph winds and rain. She’s the strongest runner I know and I have all the confidence in the world in her. She inpires me to lace up every morning and without her I couldn’t be fulfilling me goals in the approaching Philly Marathon.

    1. Hi Girls! I made these last night! They ARE bits of heaven! I ate more out of the bowl with a spoon than I had balls in the end (Hubby even had to ask, “Is this all the recipe makes?!” – haha!). So delicious! TOO delicious!

      And I made one little addition: I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder to up the protein/carb ratio. Didn’t even taste it!

      (And a big thanks to your friend, Pam, who gave me this link and introduced me to your site!)

      1. Great thinking with the protein powder! I’ll have to keep that one in mind. I’m also thinking about spreading the mixture in a single layer and baking it in the oven for a healthy granola substitute. I’ll post if it works! Thanks so much for reading!! We love Pam’s blog so much as well 🙂

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