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Go Vandals! Pumpkin Bites

By Cady Hunt and Jenna Dyckman

The leaves are changing colors, the chill of fall is in the air, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. All of the planning for Thanksgiving is focused on “What shall we serve for dinner?,” but Thanksgiving is not complete without an afternoon filled with a rousing family football game. Our Vandal Pumpkin Bites are an easy to make snack that you can bring along with you to help your family stayed fueled while playing their hearts out in your family’s black and gold “Vandal Bowl!”

  • Yield: 30
  • Portion: One bite, about 1 tbsp


  • G: Ground cinnamon — 1 tsp
  • O: Oats, rolled — 1 ½ cup
  • V: Vanilla — 1 tsp
  • A: Almond butter — 1 cup
  • N: Nutmeg — ¼ tsp
  • D: Dark Chocolate chips — ¾ cup
  • A: All natural Pumpkin Puree — 1 cup
  • L: Lentils, green — ½ cup
  • S: Syrup, maple — ½ cup


  • Add 2 tsp pumpkin spice, for added pumpkin taste
  • Add ¼ cup chia seeds or flax seeds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse lentils and pour into a small saucepan. Add 2 cups water to the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and then lower to medium heat and let the lentils simmer. After the lentils have simmered for 15 minutes, drain the lentils. Pour lentils onto the baking sheet and spread them evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Halfway through, stir the lentils. Once baking is complete, let the lentils cool. Transfer the parchment paper of lentils onto a cooling rack to help them cool faster.

In a large bowl add, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, cooled lentils, and dark chocolate chips. Mix together. Then add almond butter, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. Stir together well. Once mixed, remove about a tablespoon amount of the mixture and roll into a ball. Refrigerate them for one hour. Keep the bites stored in the fridge or freezer in a covered container.

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