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?
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).
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.
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
- Place raw nuts in the bowl of a food processor, and process on high until they resemble a fine powder.
- Add all remaining ingredients to your food processor and pulse until your mixture is nice and dough-like.
- 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.
- Place your balls in the freezer for 30 minutes, then enjoy! Transfer any leftovers into the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Happy autumn bliss! xo