A pumpkin is not just for Halloween, but as they are currently everywhere we may as well make use of them, and they really are worth the effort.
Now admittedly you have to factor in an extra 30 minutes carving the pumpkin but think about it as practice for the elaborate Epstein-esque sculpture you're going to put outside your home come the 31st.
'Sugar free' Protein balls are great, they are the new kit-kat and the perfect on the go snack to stop the vending machine craving mid afternoon. These pumpkin balls are not only enticingly different but they are delicious and as they are filled with "Pumpkin spice" (as the americans call it) they are the taste of Autumn. (The taste bud equivalent to kicking up leaves on your way to work.)
They are quick too - taking just 15 minutes and no cooking required.
We used natural sugars to avoid processed sugar and used a mix of local honey and natural maple syrup but you can supplement the sugar as you like. Prune syrup and agave also work well.
- 12 big dates. Medjool if you want to invest!
- 150g of Oats (you can also use gluten free oats if desired)
- 3 heaped Tablespoons of Oatbran (if you prefer oats you can increase the oats but the texture works nicely with the oatbran and it helps keep you feeling full for longer.)
- 1 tablespoon of Linseeds
- 50g of toasted pecans.
- 50g of the roasted pumpkin - pureed.
- 2 heaped tablespoons of pure Almond butter.
- Pumpkin spice - 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves.
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.
- 1 teaspoon of salt. (Himalayan if you still have money left over from the dates)
'Roast' chunks of pumpkin in the oven - sprinkle the baking tray and chunks with water instead of oil. Cook at 185 degrees (fan) for 30 minutes or until soft.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl - oats, oatbran, pumpkin spice, salt.
Rough cut half of the pecans to add in at the end.
Roughly blend (with the chop tool) - the pecans, dates, & linseeds in a food processor, then stir in the pumpkin puree, vanilla essence, peanut butter and honey/syrup. Finally mix in the dry mixture and the roughly cut pecans until it is mixed up.
Taste, - and add in more syrup or salt as required.
Roll into balls (roughly 3cm in diameter), cycle off and eat when desired. Yum!
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