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These pumpkin spice energy balls are made without added sweetening. They have just a hint of sweetness to curb your cravings, while satisfying the need for a pick-me-up in the afternoon slump. Make them in just 15 minutes. They taste better if you chill them before eating them.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls with Maca

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 one-ounce balls 1x

Description

These pumpkin spice energy balls are made without added sweetening. They have just a hint of sweetness to curb your cravings while satisfying the need for a pick-me-up in the afternoon slump.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup of dates, cubed
  • 1 cup of pumpkin or squash puree
  • ¼ cup yellow maca root powder, gelatinized
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. sweet cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  • In a heavy skillet, toast walnuts until they are fragrant.  Set aside to cool.
  • Add cooled walnuts to a food processor with an S-shaped blade.  Process on low until walnuts turn into nut butter.
  • Add coconut oil and continue processing on low until smooth.
  • Add dates and pumpkin puree.  Process on low until smooth.  The dough will be stiff.
  • Add maca powder, chia seeds, and spices.  Process by pulsing until just blended.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor bowl to another bowl.
  • Fold the chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds into the pumpkin mixture.  The dough will be moist but not sticky.
  • Put half the coconut into the bottom of a 7 by 9 pan and the rest into a shallow bowl.
  • Take 1 tablespoon size portion of the pumpkin mixture and roll it around your palms until it forms a one inch ball.
  • Roll the ball around in the coconut in the shallow bowl until it is fully covered.
  • Place the finished ball into the 7×9 pan on top of the loose coconut.  Repeat with the remaining mixture, placing each finished ball into the pan.
  • Chill the pan for one hour.

Notes

Serve with tea, coffee, or pumpkin spice latte.

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