The school my girls go to is nut free. I get it. They have a couple friends that have severe nut allergies. I can't imagine the fear that must play out in those mama's minds. It has made me realize how much I cook with nuts and use them in snacks. All. The. Time. Staying creative on school lunches is no easy task (and we are still only part-timers!). Gesh.
I came up with this version of an energy bite this week and my daughter loved having it packed in her lunch. I was pumped she liked the nut free version and that there was some added pumpkin goodness.
Pumpkin Energy Bites
1 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chia seeds(and or flax meal)
1 TBS raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
chocolate chips (to taste)
In a food processor add all ingredients except chocolate chips. Process until well combined (or like a dough is formed). Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times.
Form into small balls. Put them on a parchment paper lined pan and freeze.
I take them from the freezer in the morning and add them to my daughter's lunch bag so by the time lunch rolls around they are thawed but still cool. I store some in the refrigerator and some in freezer for school lunches.