Have your pumpkin pie all in one bite. Pumpkin seeds, butter, puree and spice along with whole grain oats, combine to create a healthy allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan snack bite! Enjoy the flavor of Fall with no baking required!
The inaugural pumpkin recipe post! I wasn’t sure which one to share first, but going with the back-to-school theme still, I thought more snack bites would be fitting (yes, I’m falling to the trend!). Actually, I’m falling to all the trends with this post! I’m playing along with bringing you Fall, back-to-school, kid-approved, easy, snack bites, all in a timely manner (even though I wouldn’t mind posting summer mojitos on Christmas and gingerbread on Memorial Day!) I don’t like to follow what the “internet authorities” tell bloggers to do, but I’ll play along today! You’ll be happy I did too. These pumpkin pie, I’m talking ultra-pumpkin, snack bites are going to change the way you think about all things pumpkin!
Why are these so ultra-pumpkiny? There are 4 pumpkin components to these bites:
1 – Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter
2 – Raw Pumpkin Seeds
3 – Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 – Pumpkin Puree
So if you like pumpkin, you’ve come to the right blog! Bonus, if you’re like me and don’t really like the typical “pie”, these bites are for you too! Triple bonus, if you’re so pumpkin-obsessed that you need it year-round, no one will think you’re “weird” eating “pumpkin pie” in the dead of summer in the form of these bites! We can call them “Clandestine Bites of Pumpkin Pie Bliss”!
And just like my other bites, these are 100% allergy-free and the perfect safe snack for school! None of the top 8, meaning no nuts either! Instead, I filled these with the seedy goodness of the pumpkin seed! I love raw pumpkin seeds to snack on. I feel they have this great smokiness to them too, so they can be great in savory or sweet recipes. Another fantastic thing about pumpkin seeds is they make a great seed butter! I almost shared my pumpkin butter recipe today, but decided that could wait a few weeks. For these bites I actually used my favorite raw, organic, stone ground nut butter brand, Dastony! I fell in love with them because they make the best coconut butter (I could not live without that stuff!), but their other nut butter are freaking-fantastic as well. Thus, perfect for making some quality bites!
I’m going to go off on a tangent here. Have you ever roasted your own “scooped out of a pumpkin” pumpkin seeds? I think I’ve only ever carved a pumpkin once at home where we then removed the seeds to roast in the oven. However, I do remember how good they were! I’m also a big for of eating the shell too (of course that’s not the kind you want for this recipe), but the chewier the better! I also don’t like calling pumpkin seeds, pepitas, which is the Spanish term for pumpkin seed. Anyway, pumpkin seeds are just one amazing little seed regardless. They are packed with iron, zinc, magnesium, omega-3s, and tons of antioxidants. Since traditional pumpkin pie doesn’t contain the seeds, I guess you can call these bites the most power-packed superfood pumpkin pie you’ll ever eat! (So many possible names for such a humble bite!).
Pumpkin Pie Snack Bites
- In a food processor, combine all ingredients except 1 cup of the oats.
- Blend until you get a "meal texture", then add the last cup of oats and blend until you get a "rollable" texture.
- With you hands, roll 10-12 balls, making 5-6 servings (2 balls per serving).
- Keep refrigerated or in the freezer as we know I love them!
These actually were the first pumpkin recipe I made a few weeks ago, and what did I do with the rest of that can of pumpkin? Pancakes of course! I also have an oatmeal recipe to share with you from last year that I can finally post! So many pumpkin things and these beautiful bites are only the start! Now let’s get our pumpkin “pie” on!
So tell me:
+ What was your inaugural pumpkin recipe/meal this year?
+ Have you ever had pumpkin seed butter? It’s pretty fantastic! A nice change up!
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