Is it too late for me to post pumpkin spice recipes? Is there a cut-off? More importantly: should there ever be a cut-off?
If you’re looking for a great snack to go along with that homemade pumpkin spice latte, I’ve got just the treat for you: pumpkin spice energy balls!
Truth be told, this was the first energy ball recipe I made in the food processor, and I loved how the texture turned out. Instead of being able to see all of the ingredients, they’re well blended with no chunks, nuts or seeds to get stuck in your teeth. I think I’m going to try out more recipes this way!
They were also the first energy ball recipe that I’ve made with dates instead of maple syrup or honey. While I love maple syrup and honey, there are other whole-food alternatives to sweetening up these energy balls. Dates are the answer, my friends. Although they are high in natural sugar, they also add some fibre, vitamins and minerals.
But the real player in this recipe is the pumpkin. Pumpkins are high in vitamin A, which is an antioxidant and supports our immune system by fighting off free radicals. Because pumpkins are full of fibre, it can make you feel fuller for longer and supports a healthy digestive system – something many of us struggle with!
Ready to get your pumpkin spice on?
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 6 dates (if they're too dry, place them in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes)
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 ground ginger
- 1/4 nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to a food processor.
- Mix all ingredients in the processor until well blended. Stop it every once in a while to scrape down the sides.
- Roll mixture into 1-inch thick balls.
- Stick energy balls in the freezer and remove them a few minutes before eating.