Nourishing Pumpkin Spice Balls

Hello sweater weather!

I just couldn’t resist a fall-inspired, pumpkin-infused recipe…autumn truly isn’t complete without a smattering of pumpkin spice, am I right?fullsizerender-9

I love a batch of raw bliss balls as much as the next plant-based hippie. I like them even better when they’re free of grains (ex. oats) and sans thick layer of sweetener (including pure maple syrup and raw honey).

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I can handle those yummy oat-filled honeyed balls before a workout, but sometimes I prefer blissing out on the couch without a blood sugar spike – or having to guesstimate the oscillating carb to insulin ratio. Struggles of T1D, aka #type1diabetesprobs.

While these pumpkin bites are naturally sweet, they’re packed with satiating plant fats, protein and fiber. This helps create a more sustained release of energy into the body, versus a straight shot of fast-acting carbs to the bloodstream.

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If you’re in a sweat-pant-pumpkin-spice state of mind, try these little bites of seasonal love.

Nourishing Pumpkin Spice Balls

Ingredients (go organic whenever possible)

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, pre-soaked in warm water for ~ 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp raw hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Optional: dash of freshly grated ginger

Method

  1. Place raw nuts in the bowl of a food processor, and process on high until they resemble a fine powder.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to your food processor and pulse until your mixture is nice and dough-like.
  3. Place your mix into the fridge for 20 minutes to help things bind. Scoop out a tablespoon of your mixture. Using clean hands, roll into 1-inch balls and roll again into shredded coconut or hemp seeds. This makes about 12 balls.
  4. Place your balls in the freezer for 30 minutes, then enjoy! Transfer any leftovers into the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

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Happy autumn bliss!  xo

 

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