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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites {Kids In The Kitchen Series}

September 25, 2014
Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites | View From The Fridge

We have a snack problem in our house.  My two boys would much rather eat snacks ALL. DAY. LONG. than ever have a meal (and Matt cooks some good meals).  Well, this week’s Kids In The Kitchen challenge was to create a snack that kids could help make.  And since my boys love snacks so much, I wanted to find something that was healthy and full of good stuff!

Since we also love Pumpkin around here this time of year, we came up with these Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars:

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites | View From The Fridge

 

I was a little surprised, but the boys absolutely LOVED these!  They ate a whole bunch of the mix before I could even refrigerate it and roll it into balls.

Also, they’ve decided to name these Goopy Balls.

Hmmm ….

Anyway, here’s all the good stuff we added:

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of rolled oats
  • 12 oz of dates (pits removed)
  • 1 15 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup of Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup of Sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of ground Flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup of Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup of Honey
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon

To get the right consistency, keep these proportions of Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, and Oats, but add more or less of everything else as you like!

In a large bowl, mix the oats, seeds, and cranberries:

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Mix Oats, Cranberries, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds in large bowl.

 

In a blender, puree everything else:

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Mix everything else in the blender and puree

 

My blender operator …

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Blend!

 

Pour the puree into the dry mixture and mix well with spoon:

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Mix everything together

 

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Mix!

 

The next two steps are to refrigerate for an hour and then roll into balls.  My boys, however, discovered how good the ‘batter’ was and ate a whole bunch before it even made it to the fridge!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

Snack …

 

Done!  We kept these bites in the fridge until they were gone.  It helped them keep their shape and be less sticky to handle!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites  |  View From The Fridge

 

These bites are filled with all kinds of good things AND my boys love them!  Who needs meals when you can eat all this good stuff in your snacks (okay, I’m joking … sort of).

 

>>  UP NEXT  <<

We have one more week of this ‘Kids In The Kitchen’ series:

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8/25: What’s for breakfast? (Check out our Gluten Free Pancake Poppers)

9/1: Let’s do Lunch!  (Check out our Homemade Chicken Nuggets)

9/8: Dinnertime! (Check out our Pizza On A Stick)

9/15: Delicious Desserts. (Check out our Healthy Popsicles)

9/22: Snack Attack!

9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)

>>  CHECK OUT MORE KID FRIENDLY LUNCH IDEAS  <<

Be sure to check out what these other lovely ladies made for lunch with the kiddos:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

>>  JOIN IN THE FUN  <<

Now it’s your turn!  What fun and healthy snack ideas do you have for your kids?  How about fun ways to get them involved in the kitchen?  Please share!!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Leslie September 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    How cute are your little helpers! Those look yummy. I could eat them for breakfast. Yum!
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    • Reply Katie September 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! One of them was very helpful … the other only when we were done and he realized that his brother loved these bites! Ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Erin September 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Yum! These sound so good. I love everything pumpkin! I’m going to be tailgating at a college football game in November and think these would make the perfect snack :)
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    • Reply Katie September 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      They are surprisingly good, Erin! I love pumpkin this time of year, too.

  • Reply The Wandering home September 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Yumm! These look delicious…ingredients going on the grocery list now! Found you on the SITS Saturday Sharefest…thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply chanelle September 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

    These look great. I love pumpkin recipes and healthy pumpkin recipes are even better! Pinned ya!
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  • Reply Addi Ganley November 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

    These look so delicious and how great to get the kids in the kitchen to help.

    The energy bites have healthy ingredients in them which would make me feel better about handing my sons these snacks :)

    Thank you so much for the post.

    • Reply Katie November 13, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Addi! They are delicious and my kiddos think they’re getting a ‘treat’ when they eat ’em. Win-win!!

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