Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

I made a promise to myself sometime in August that no matter what life threw my way, I was going to make a commitment to blogging on a regular basis. I changed the name to Because I Like Chocolate, revamped the site, bought a new camera and decided once and for all to make this blogging thing a priority. Inevitably, the biggest challenge was yet to come; the start of a new school year. But here we are, almost a week into semester #1 and I am still here. Just a tad overwhelmed (umm what sane person decides to take on 6 courses? You guessed it, that would be me) but I’m surviving. I even had time to make some cookies for everyone! Well not literally…I guess you could come to my house and get some, there are still plenty left…but I would rather you just make the recipe on your own. I think that’s relatively understandable.

These raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites are the perfect snack for back to school. Not only are they raw, vegan and gluten free (if you ensure to use gluten free oats), they only take 10 minutes to whip up, tops. 5 if you know that you have to be out the door because your class starts in 20 minutes. Seriously I spent significantly more time taking pictures of these raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites than I did making them.

So do you need a pick-me-up before that 5 o’clock class? Eat some raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites.

Don’t have time for breakfast early in the morning? Eat some raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites.

Want something sweet for dessert but you don’t want to give in to a big slab of chocolate cake? Eat some raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites.

Your kids need an after school snack before the evenings extracurricular activities? Give them some raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites. And be sure to sneak one for yourself too.

See, they are the solution to basically every first world problem.

And you can eat them with the comfort of knowing that you know every last ingredient that went into them (and sugar is NOT #1 on the list).

Raw vegan peanut butter pumpkin bites
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Prep time – 10 minutes
Makes 22 bites
 
Ingredients
 
1 1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 – 1 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. brown sugar
Instructions
Combine 3/4 cup of peanut butter with the maple syrup and brown sugar. You could just toss all of the ingredients into a big bowl and mix but I recommend doing this step first to help the brown sugar dissolve, reducing any gritty qualities it may have. Once you have made your pb/sugar paste you can add it to the remaining ingredients. If you find that the mixture is too dry to form individual little balls, use the additional 1/4 cup of extra peanut butter as needed to get them to hold together.
The easiest way to portion them out is to use a mini icecream scooper/cookie dough scoop. But if you don’t have one, get in there and use your hands, isn’t that what they are meant for? These little buddies can be enjoyed immediately. Otherwise they store well in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week. Really they have nothing overly perishable in them so you would be more concerned with staleness vs. the bites actually going “bad”. They are also perfect for snacking on the go. School/work lunches perhaps?
Substitutions:
Use gluten free oats and these sweets will be gluten free!
Feel free to swap out the cranberries, currants, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds for the fruit/nuts/seeds of your choice. Or the chocolate chips of your choice. You can try variations with chopped peanuts, almonds or cashews. Maybe swap the sesame seeds for hemp or chia seeds and dried cranberries for chopped dates or figs. Whatever tastes good to you!
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

2 thoughts on “Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites

  • February 15, 2014 at 7:06 am
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    Such a fantastic recipe. Just made these and they taste great, although I had to add way more than a cup of peanut butter to make them stick. That aside, however, these are delicious. Do you know if freezing them would work? I think I am going to try that, as I want to take them on a trip next weekend.

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    • February 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm
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      I have frozen a recipe similar to this and it worked perfectly fine so I cannot see why not! Weird how different environments impact a recipe like this and 1 cup can work fine in one place but makes them too dry in another.

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