No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls

November 29th, 2018 | no comments

I love it when I try a nutritionally-upgraded recipe that tastes so good, I actually end up preferring it to the real thing.

I like pumpkin pie, but I can take or leave the crust…it’s really the filling I’m after. Thank you London from www.evolvingtable.com for this amazing recipe for No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls. I made a batch to take to Thanksgiving dinner because I knew at least one person would appreciate this upgraded version of pumpkin pie. 

The recipe couldn’t be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 

Pure maple syrup and coconut sugar are both lower glycemic sweeteners, meaning they are a tad bit gentler on your blood sugar.

If the balls aren’t eaten right away, London recommends storing them uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator…otherwise you’ll end up with soggy balls. And that’s no fun for anyone! 🙂

PS: I know these totally look like deep fried sauerkraut balls, but trust me, they are the furthest thing! Ha, ha, ha…

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls
The recipe couldn't be easier. Made by combining almond and gluten-free oat flours with unsweetened pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and spices, these little bites of heaven really hit the spot. And because they take a little dive in coconut sugar at the end, what you end up with is a sweet (but not too sweet) treat. 0 Earthfood servings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour Bob's Red Mill is a good one!
  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour Alternatively you can run a little over one cup of uncooked gluten-free oats through your food processor until it turns into flour
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree Farmer's Market Organic Pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Coconut Sugar Coating:
  • 1/4 cup organic, unrefined coconut sugar Madhava, Big Tree Farms, Nutiva, or Navitas brands
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine oat flour and almond flour. Add pumpkin puree through vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated, using your hands towards the end to ensure even mixing.
  2. In a small bowl combine Coconut Sugar Coating ingredients.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie mixture and roll into a ball. Place in the coconut sugar bowl and roll to completely cover. Place on a large plate and repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. If not eaten right away, store uncovered in the very back of your refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 ball): Calories: 100Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 0.5 g; Sodium: 40 mg; Potassium: 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 9 grams; Sugar: 5 g (4 grams added sugar from maple syrup and coconut sugar); Protein: 3 g

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)

September 19th, 2018 | no comments

If you liked my recipe for Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins from last week, you’ll adore these muffins too! They sport the same fudge-like texture (thanks to the addition of beans) and are also gluten and dairy-free.

This recipe uses gluten-free quick oats vs. quinoa flakes, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) vs. bananas and pecans vs. walnuts. In addition, it uses pumpkin spice, which is essentially a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins pair nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). What a nice change of pace from plain old regular coffee!

Another shout out to Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com), as this recipe is modified from her Pumpkin Blender Muffins. 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)
A bean-based, flourless, and gluten/dairy-free muffin that pairs nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend pumpkin through baking soda until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops with a butter knife. Bake 20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams; Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (9 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 6 grams

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