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!
- 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)
- Food Processor
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!
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! : )