Campfire Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Energy Bites

We usually get a couple of really nice weekends in the fall, which makes for perfect hiking weather. A cool breeze and changing leaves sounds relaxing and refreshing. When going on a hike, do you stop to consider the snacks you pack? A good hiking snack is healthy but not fussy. It’s got to be easy to grab and eat without too much hassle. Why not try these easy Spiced Pumpkin Energy Bites the next time you hit the trail? No baking is required, and the bite-sized balls make for easy snacking while exploring. Keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to head out for the day!

This easy recipe is dairy-free, and vegan if you use a vegan protein powder. It will be your new favorite fall snack while on the go. Make a batch on Sunday to have all week!

- 2 tablespoons coconut flour (almond flour also works)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup nut butter (almond or cashew works well)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds

In a large bowl, combine flour, protein powder, and pumpkin pie spice. In a separate bowl, microwave nut butter and syrup in 15 second increments until easy to stir. Pour the nut butter mix into the dry ingredient mix and stir to combine. Add the pumpkin puree and chia seeds. Stir well.

Freeze the dough for about 10 minutes so it hardens enough to handle.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough into about 15-20 balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Freeze for 10 more minutes.
Place bites into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

This recipe will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week. Good for 4-5 hours at room temperature or on the trail.