Raw Pumpkin Spice Crunch Protein Bites. Vegan. GF.

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Protein comes in many forms & these little lovelies are one of my favorites.  I’ve recently had the opportunity to become wildly in love with Square Organic protein bars.  Seriously, so so good!  Since they sent me a box to try… we’ve purchased about 10 boxes.  Crunch is our favorite… well along with mint, peanut butter and cherry.  But I wanted to incorporate them into some of my recipes… think bites and cookies (coming soon). These are my first recipe to share with you all.  Of course with September officially here I fell its acceptable to start cracking open the pumpkin.  So these are a pumpkin spiced chocolate crunch bites that is perfect pre or post workout.  Acceptable when that sweet craving hits.  Perfect after-school snack idea. Or if you need something sweet post dinner.

These are packed with walnuts which are high in vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health.  The Square Organic bars are dairy, soy and gluten free. They believing in sourcing only the most nutrient-dense organic and non-gmo foods, and striving to work directly with farmers whenever possible to ensure an ethical supply chain from crop to bar.  And you can use the code:  EVERYDAY20 for your own 20% off.  Ingredients:

2 cups of pitted Medjool dates
3 Square Bars chocolate crunch, cut up into chunks
1.5 cups of walnuts
1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1.5 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Method:

Add all of your ingredients, minus the water, into your food processor and pulse several times to blend.  Once the dough comes together, add the water and pulse again.  To test if the dough is ready – pinch some in between your fingers.  If the dough binds together nicely, you’re ready.  Using a small scooper, form small balls and place on a large platter or plate.  Repeat.  Store in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container.  Enjoy!
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Annnnnd enjoy!  We love topping smoothies with these bites or banana nice cream.
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Hump day recap:

Sunday: 20 mile cycling ride on trails
Monday: 8 outdoor miles running
Tuesday: Client traveling day
Wednesday: 60m elliptical/70m treadmill walking with an 8 incline/upper & low body weights and abs

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— Knead to Cook

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