Pump Up Your Energy With These Pumpkin Seed Power Bites

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Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seed Energy Bites

Pumpkin Seeds
  • Have a wide variety of nutrients, such as magnesium, copper, protein, zinc and manganese
  • Source of phytosterols, a beneficial plant compound
  • Rich in free-radical scavenging antioxidants
  • Help boost the function of your immune system, liver and heart
  • Excellent source of plant-based omega-3s
  • Eases inflammation in your body
Almonds
  • Have a massive amount of nutrients: fiber, protein, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E and fat
  • Loaded with antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage
  • Assist with blood sugar control
  • Reduce hunger, because the protein and fiber increase satiety
Quinoa
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein
  • Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • Rich in magnesium
  • High content of manganese
Medjool Dates
  • Rich in potassium, a mineral essential to a range of basic physiological processes
  • Great source of dietary fiber
  • Contains copper, an essential trace mineral that helps your body absorb and use iron to form red blood cells
  • Also a good source of: niacin, folate, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin K
  • High in antioxidant phenols

How To Make Pumpkin Seed Energy Bites
This scrumptious snack comes from Jamie Oliver’s kitchen and is chock full of powerful ingredients!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds, raw/unsalted
  • ¼ cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup puffed quinoa
  • ¼ cup Medjool dates
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp raw honey
  • 1 orange

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, blitz 10-15 pumpkin seeds to create a fine powder.
  2. Set aside on a plate.
  3. Place the remaining pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa, almonds and dates (remove pits) in the food processor and blend until finely chopped.
  4. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, cacao and a pinch of sea salt.
  5. Blend again until well combined.
  6. Add the vanilla, honey and juice from ½ of the orange.
  7. Blend again for 1-2 minutes until a dough is formed.
  8. Use your hands to scoop the mixture and form it into balls.
  9. Roll the balls into the powdered pumpkin seeds.
  10. Place into a container with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes
This recipe makes about 24 Power Bites. TWO pieces would make a great portion size for a snack.

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