Raw Pumpkin Spiced Energy Balls

Raw Pumpkin Spiced Energy Balls

Ingredient of the month: pumpkin of course. Well for me it is sort of the ingredient of the whole year as I literally LOVE it, together with squash and butternut. Besides being super tasty it is also really good for you  as it is an extremely nutrient-dense food, meaning it is chock-full of vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Rich in potassium, antioxidants, vitamins and beta carotene.

Looking at the macros, 1 cup of cooked (broiled, no salt) pumpkin pure’ has:

  • 49 calories
  • 1.76 grams of protein
  • 0.17 grams of fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 12 grams of carbohydrate (including 2.7 grams of fiber and 5.1 grams of sugar)

Now, if you combine it with nuts, seeds, coconut oil and other super food, you get THE BEST snack for you!

Here is my recipe for raw pumpkin spiced energy balls

Ingredients (makes about 11 balls):

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin pure (homemade, no salt, no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin spiced peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice mix (ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger)
  • 1 tbsp melted extra virgin gre3n cold-pressed coconut oil
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup almonds, sprouted
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp agave or honey

If you live in Shanghai and are wondering where to get pumpkin spiced peanut butter, well I’ve got you covered. Nikki of Stone Ground makes all-natural nut butters. You can buy a jar of 100 gr for only RMB 35!

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As for the coconut oil, make sure to use cold-pressed one. I get mine from gre3n. It is ORGANIC, COLD-PRESSED and directly imported from Thailand.

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To make our energy balls, place all the ingredients into a food processor

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and pulse until creamy

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Roll out balls of about 22 gr each (you should get 11 pieces)

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Coat them into coconut flakes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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Store them into your fridge and snack on them as needed

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Perfect snack before a workout!

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Love

-Dani

 

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