Happy My Birthday, Dear Readers! Any other January babies out there? Perhaps you can commiserate with me, in that having a birthday right after the holidays is a little strange. My body is, quite frankly, tired of all of the sugar and cookies from last month’s celebrations, so the typical birthday sweets just don’t have much appeal.
And so, I choose to celebrate the last of my 20-something birthdays (aaack!) with a healthy treat. A generous serving of four power bites includes only a teaspoon of honey (and you can easily substitute in agave nectar for an all-vegan recipe). The natural sweetness of pumpkin, cashews, and warm spices more than makes up for any lack of sugar.
Enjoy these as a post-yoga snack, a quick out-the-door breakfast (add a yogurt cup for a meal with a little more staying power), or don your fuzziest robe and nibble a few along with your morning coffee, as I am on this perfectly cozy morning.
Pumpkin Pie Power Bites (printer-friendly version)
makes about 45 bites
1 1/2 C. pumpkin puree
1/4 C. clover honey
1/4 C. virgin coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3 C. cashew meal, divided
2 C. oat bran
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. In a large (11-cup) food processor, combine pumpkin puree, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, spices, baking powder, and salt. Turn on the processor and let mix for about 10 seconds, until the ingredients are fully mixed. Leave the food processor running.
2. Slowly pour 2 cups of the cashew meal into the food processor, processing until incorporated, still leaving the machine running.
3. Slowly pour in the oat bran, process until fully incorporated, and then finally turn off the food processor.
4. Pour the remaining 1 C. of cashew meal into a shallow bowl or onto a plate.
5. Roll the dough into 1-tablespoon balls, then roll in the cashew meal to fully coat. Place the dough balls onto the cookie sheet. Don’t worry about placing them far apart, as the dough will not spread during baking.
6. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating, and to room temperature before storing. Power bites will keep in an airtight container for 1 week, or frozen for up to 2 months.