The Autumn season brings with it hearty stews, rich flavors and spices. It doesn’t necessarily bring a slower pace in my house though, so meals need to be fast, filling and flavorful. One very quick breakfast item in my house are pumpkin bites.
These pumpkin bites are very rich and have a denser consistency than a muffin or cake since there are no flour or egg like ingredients. Three mini muffin size bites and a glass of milk are more than enough for breakfast to get your day started…
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1/2 cup whole nuts (I used pine nuts which gives a distinctive flavor, but you should choose your favorite)
1 ½ cup total of dried fruits (cherries, cranberries, apricots, raisins, coconut, etc.) – I happen to use 1/2 Craisins and 1/2 raisins
1 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (optional)
3 tablespoons maple syrup (or to taste)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a food processor, coarsely chop nuts and dried fruits.
Mix peanut butter and pumpkin until a well blended.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
Spoon into lightly greased mini muffin pans and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Let us know what you think – do you use a lot of pumpkin in your cooking this time of year?
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