Something about the Fall season makes us want sweets. Maybe it’s the tempting pumpkin pies, apple crisps and Halloween candy that chase us everywhere we go? I agree, you must have at least
one Pumpkin Spice Latte but you can enjoy the taste of the season without the guilt. My family has made a change in the way we eat – Striving to eat c l e a n. More veggies, more protein, more raw, more water – less refined sugar, less “bad fats”, less bread. In a world of fast food it can be tempting to fall into the “trap” but we say no (of course we have the occasional stops).
In search of snacks for clean eaters I came across these amazing Pumpkin Oat Balls loaded with yummy goodness. These are a perfect way to sneak in a healthy snack for your potential little “picky eater”. My son actually calls them “cookies” Which is great because he thinks he’s eating a cookie when in reality he’s getting a lot of good nutrients. They are also amazing for parents on the go. I find it hard to have a “hearty and healthy” snack while chasing around my kids – but these are very practical.
This is such a great way to spend “quality time” with your toddler or young child. My little boy loved helping me gathering and mixing the ingredients.
1 cup pumpkin
3 cups oats, not cooked
4 Tbsp maple syrup (I use Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp flax seeds (I added a bit more flax seeds and use Bob’s Red Mill nature raw Flax Seeds)
1 cup walnuts (I halved mine)
1/2 cup grain sweetened or unsweetened chocolate chips. You can use dark chocolate, regular chocolate chips or skip them altogether. I did half with and half without.
Mix everything together in a large bowl. You want to press and fold to get everything mixed together well – covering the oats.
Roll into balls about 1″ in diameter. Place on a wax paper and chill for about 30 minutes.
Enjoy!! (Tip for parents – wonderful with coffee)