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Pumpkin Bliss Balls

Pumpkin Bliss Balls

I know what you are thinking; another pumpkin recipe! I just cannot help myself, and before you know it, pumpkin season will be over! 🙁

These healthy snacks are super easy to make and you can be creative with the toppings.  I used boxed pumpkin purée for this recipe but you can use fresh or canned pumpkin purée. 

These are like a breakfast, snack and dessert all in one! I didn’t really know what to call them… energy bites, pumpkin bites, I don’t know… pumpkin bliss balls it is! 

I decided to roll them in raw cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and crushed pecans.  Crushed walnuts. shredded coconut, maca powder or cacao powder would also be lovely! 

Sorry for the short post, I am really busy this week and I could not wait to share this recipe with you all! ENJOY!

Pumpkin Bliss Balls
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Pumpkin Bliss Balls
Healthy, raw-vegan treat made with oats, dates, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and coconut sugar! Makes 18.
Author: Crystal Bonnet
Ingredients
For the Balls
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 7 dates soaked and pitted
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of clove
  • dash of salt
For the Toppings
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons crushed raw cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pecans
Instructions
For the Balls
  1. Process oats in a food processor until they form a chunky flour and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Place dates in the food processor and process until they form a dough.
  3. Pour oat flour back into the food processor with the dates along with all the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Process until a dough forms. (One big ball should form)
  5. Remove dough and place into a bowl.
For the Toppings
  1. Process all toppings separately in a mini food processor until small chunks remain. You can also put them in ziploc bags and crush them with something heavy (I use a mason jar, carefully).
  2. Place ingredients into separate bowls or a small shallow plate.
  3. Take approximately 2 teaspoons of dough and form into a ball using your hands.
  4. Coat each ball in your toppings of choice until all are coated.
  5. Place pumpkin bliss balls in the fridge for 1/2 hour or enjoy right away!
Recipe Notes
Substitute oats for buckwheat flour, dates for mulberries, coconut palm sugar for maple syrup (add more flour), or eliminate pecan topping for a nut-free snack!

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