Fall has arrived! Schools are now open, days are getting shorter and we are heading full-steam ahead into the upcoming holiday season. Usually around this time of year our schedules get pretty busy, so keeping with your nutrition plan can be challenging. We wanted to share this great recipe by Dancing Carrots for a smart snack that can help fuel you to the end of your workday without breaking your diet:

Pumpkin Seed No-Bake Power Bites

Photo by Dancing Carrots

These quick no bake cookies are loaded with protein rich pumpkin seeds, oats and peanut butter – with a tad dark chocolate. One cookie has enough nutrition, fiber and sweetness to satisfy the munchies while giving you the energy you need in a quick snack. We created this for our friends at eatseed.com. I’m a big fan of pumpkin seeds and they are a great place to buy them from. Pumpkin seeds are especially good for men as they age – the health benefits are many, as they are high in minerals and healthy Omega-3 oils. Don’t get too hung up on the exact amounts, feel free to alter this to fit your own tastes.   – Curt

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cup wheat germ
4 Tbsp flax meal
4 Tbsp flax seed
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup canned purée pumpkin
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup agave sweetener or honey


1. WET INGREDIENTS: Add to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
2. DRY INGREDIENTS: Add to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
3. COMBINE AND FORM INTO ROUND COOKIES: Add dry ingredients into the wet and mix well. When done, the consistency should be such as to be able to make round cookie balls. If they don’t hold together well enough, you need more peanut butter. Wash hands and keep hands wet to form the cookies. They should be a little smaller than a golf ball. Store in a container and enjoy!

Note: As in many of my recipes, I recommend being flexible with the amounts and feel free to add other healthy ingredients like chopped almonds and walnuts. You can also add more chocolate or agave if you want these sweeter. I prefer a less sweet cookie however.

Get the full recipe here at Dancing Carrots blog.