Friday, September 13, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Bites

With Fall on the horizon and the holidays around the corner, now is the time to think about healthifying your normal holiday recipes. I was recently asked to contribute a healthy holiday recipe to a local neighborhood magazine and I figured you would want to eat it up too. Here is my take on the pumpkin pie. These bites are so good, you'll have to restrain yourself from eating the whole batch. But if you do, don't feel too badly about it. Pumpkin is full of important vitamins and minerals plus the protein and healthy fats in the almond butter make these treats a great snack at any time of year. They're even good after a hard workout :)

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Ingredients
(Makes 12 cookies)

1 cup creamy almond butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can grease a cookie sheet as well. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, and mix until a thick batter is formed. Be sure to blend the pumpkin well. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the lined baking sheet. You can press the cookies to flatten if you’d like. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the edges are golden. Let cool on the pan 5-10 minutes before removing.

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