Pumpkin Energy Bites
It's autumn... so we cannot consume any other no-bake energy bite flavor until December...
I mean, isn't the whole point of this season to eat as much pumpkin as possible?! I'm sure if some scientific studies were done, it would say that pumpkin fuels athletes better than other carbohydrates... okay maybe that's a stretch... but still, pumpkin is a great carbohydrate source complete with fiber, vitamin A, iron, potassium, etc... AND its low cal (only 30/cup), making it an ideal fueling source for entering a reduced training volume period (aka: winter).
+ 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
+ 20 Dates, dried, pitted
+ 1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice Mix
+ 1/2 cup Oats
+ 1 tsp Salt
+ 1/2 cup Quinoa
Pulse the dates in a food processor until 'crumbled' aka a sticky glob. Add in the oats and pulse until its a less stick glob. Transfer to a bowl and (preferably wearing gloves) use your hands to mix in the pumpkin puree, spice and salt. When well combined, place in the refrigerator to chill, at least an hour...or over night... Then, when you're ready to form balls and consume, puff the quinoa. To do this, place 1 tbsp of raw quinoa in a medium heat skillet. Place the cover on and give it a shake. The quinoa should pop or puff in 1-2 minutes. There isn't a huge change so don't expect a popcorn like effect. If you burn it, try again. Do this in 1 tbsp batches until you've used all your quinoa. Rip off chunks of the pumpkin-date mixture and roll it into balls. Coat in the puffed quinoa. You may need more or less puffed quinoa depending on the size of your balls.
+ Make it Extra Special
Take these on rides! They are a great source of natural energy. :)