One of my favorite road trippin' snacks are energy bites. With our next road trip not until Thanksgiving, I decided to make a batch so I wouldn't go in complete withdrawal! I don't know if I had to change the recipe because we weren't actually road trippin' or if it was because I wanted some pumpkin, but adding the pumpkin was a great change.
These are great little bite size snacks that I should have around the house at all times so I grab them instead of other salty snacks that I usually gravitate towards. The kids pick them up two at a time as well. Plus, dates are great to have every day. They will curb your sweet tooth, but most importantly, they are easily digested and help metabolize proteins, carbs and fats so your body can quickly benefit from all their wonderful vitamins and minerals ... and there's a lot of them!
Pumpkin Energy BitesMakes 15-20
15 dates, pitted
1/2 c walnuts
1/2 c pecans
1/2 c pumpkin puree
2 T chia seeds or hemp seeds
1 T maple syrup
1 t cinnamon
1/2 c coconut, unsweetened**
Mix all ingredients except for the coconut in your food processor. Refrigerate the mixture for 1-2 hours.
Then form them into 1 inch balls and roll them in coconut.
**If you're not a coconut fan, use a mixture of cinnamon and cocoa powder ... equally delicious!