Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites



Ingredients

1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup quality honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Optional:
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/4 cup coconut flakes

Directions

In a medium bowl add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. It’s ok if it’s a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn’t the goal.

When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips (and dried fruit if desired) and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer. Can also be used to make smoothies or top banana slices for a decadent treat!