Pumpkin Spice Cashew Oat Bites
- 2 cups gluten-free oats
- ½ cup cashew butter (or 1 cup cashews to make your own)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup walnuts/pecans/macadamia nuts
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ⅓ cup agave nectar (or maple/date syrup or honey)
- 2 Tablespoons flax seeds, ground
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan/sea salt (or less if using salted cashew butter)
- If making your own cashew butter, place 1 cup of cashews into your food processor. Blend up until you reach a creamy consistency, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add rest of ingredients into processor.
- Pulse until all of the ingredients come together.
- Scoop (1 ½ T scooper) and shape into balls.
- Freeze for about 30 minutes to firm up, if desired.
- Store in refrigerator. Enjoy!
Makes 4 bites. Per serving: (using agave nectar, cashew butter and pecans)
Total Fat: 32.7g
Total Carbohydrate: 61.4g
Dietary Fiber: 7.8g
Cinnamon – reduces A1C, a blood test that reflects your average blood glucose levels and is used to measure risk for diabetes. Cinnamon helps to balance blood glucose and has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut contains lauric acid, which is immune-boosting, antiviral, and antibacterial. Coconut is also loaded with minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and iodine.
Flax seed – has powerful anticancer properties and helps protect against the damaging effects of mammograms, radiotherapy, and diagnostic tests. Tip: Use only freshly ground flaxseed as it goes rancid quickly
Oats are technically gluten-free because they aren’t a type of wheat, barley, or rye grain. However, if you have celiac or a significant gluten sensitivity, look for oats that are certified gluten-free to ensure no cross-contamination.
Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins, and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended Daily Value for fiber.
Pumpkin is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma and many cancers
Pumpkin spice blend – While lots of stores sell pumpkin spice (aka pumpkin pie spice) ready-made, it’s super simple to make your own from spices you may already have on hand. It’s usually made with a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice.