Pumpkin cranberry energy bites

Looking for the best snacks to pop into your bag for some energy during the day or to add to the kids lunch boxes? Home-made energy bites or balls can be made from numerous nuts, seeds and dried fruits offering a great protein hit as well as satisfying the sweet urges we can all have at times.

We love these energy bits as they are nut free with a little zing from the ginger! Roll the into balls or alternatively flatten into a tray and cut into bite size pieces. Try and use organic ingredients, and add shredded coconut, sesame seeds or cacao by coating the balls in it or sprinkling on top before you put in fridge or freezer.

Ingredients

• 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
• 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, then drained)
• 1/3 cup dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

1. Pulse pumpkin seeds in food processor until broken down.
2. Add in softened dates, cranberries, and ginger. Pulse until thoroughly combined.
3. Spoon out with tablespoon, and form into small bite-sized balls; this recipe makes roughly 10-12 small bites, but any size is fine.
4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight. You can eat them straight away, however, they will be quite soft.
5. Store in air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks; also store well in the freezer.
6. Option to add in 1 tablespoon maple syrup or raw honey for taste (or desired sweetness).
7. If you don’t like dates, option to use dried apricots or prunes in place of dates.

Makes 10-12 small balls or bites.

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