8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates (or cranberries)
¼ c honey
¼ c pumpkin puree
1 T chia seeds or flax seeds
1 t ground cinnamon
½ t ground ginger
¼ t ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 c old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
1 c toasted coconut flakes
1 c toasted pepitas
Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)