Breakfast in Bed
Pumpkin Energy Ballz
Melissa Eboli owns a healthy cooking and wellness company called Via Melissa. She holds numerous certifications in this space, and is a certified nutritional chef and graduate from The Academy of Culinary Nutrition (2016). She is also a certified nutrition and wellness counselor from AFPA (2009) and a certified personal trainer through Hofstra Universities continuing education program and AAPTE (2009). We welcome Melissa to The Refresh as a recipe consultant and guest columnist!
We teamed up with nutritional chef and personal trainer Melissa Eboli, of ViaMelissa.com, to publish this tasty recipe. Her expertise and delicious recipes are a hit on and offline, and we are happy to bring you one of her easy pumpkin recipes.
During the holiday season, many tend to overindulge when it comes to food. With sweets and treats everywhere this time of year, it can be extremely difficult to decline from taking part in unhealthy eating habits. Just saying “no” to these tasty snacks isn’t always realistic.
As the “no’s” decrease, waistlines tend to increase.
As a clean eating and nutrition advocate, I feel responsible to those who find it hard to stay on track. That is why I try to provide my readers with tips, tools and techniques on surviving the holidays in optimal health. Just because you eat more healthily doesn’t mean you’ll be starving yourself or avoiding some guilty holiday pleasures though, but with my recipe articles I strive to give you the tools to make better holiday food choices.
Keeping the healthy flavors of Fall in mind (although it may feel like winter already) one of my favorite recipes for breakfast, dessert or an anytime snack are my original Pumpkin Energy Ballz.
These easy to make little bites of deliciousness are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C. They are also made with honey and coconut oil, two important ingredients to help keep energy high, burn fat, and fight off colds during these transitional weather times where everyone around us begins to get sick.
These no bake treats are super allergy friendly being both gluten, dairy, nut and soy free.
Because they’re also raw, they aid in optimal digestion, assimilation and energy output!
Want to make them vegan?! Simply swap out honey for maple syrup!
- 3 tbl sp honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 1 1/2 cup GF oats
- 1 1/2 serving Amazing Grass vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp each:
- cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg
- 2 sprays each: Simply Beyond cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice
- Place oats, protein & spices in a bowl
- Mix together
- Add pumpkin, honey & coconut oil in a blender or food processor and mix for 15-20 seconds
- Add wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and blend all together by hand
- Roll balls in palm of hand
- Make 12-16 balls with dough
- Place in refrigerator for 30 min
- Eat and enjoy!
Don’t Miss It
Melissa will be kicking off an e-learning class with Voyage Academics this November. Beginning on Tuesday November 28th for 4 weeks, 8-9PM EST.
Course: Intro To Clean Eating, Nutrition & Healthy Cooking