*I am into my 3rd round of The Faster Way to Fat Loss which means I am focused on eating according to macros with no/limited gluten and dairy. However, the truth is that I still crave treats from time to time. Luckily, Alexa from Girl in Healing was nice enough to create an awesome treat that would work for me and also all of you. See her guest post below.*
Looking for a sweet treat to satisfy your pumpkin fix?
This is the perfect recipe for pumpkin-y goodness, but without a load of sugar, grains, or chemicals. Ditch the pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie! Well, maybe just save the pie for Thanksgiving.
These Pumpkin Spice “Cake” Balls make you feel like you are eating an indulgent fall treat. However, all of the naughty ingredients are replaced with some healthier ones! You don’t need any grains (and therefore gluten), dairy, nuts, or refined sugar for these babies. They use real pumpkin and are maple sweetened. Another secret sweetener that also helps bind the “cake” balls is dried apricots. Just look for apricots that are dried without added sugar.
– 1/3 cup coconut flour
– 3 tbsp pureed/canned pumpkin
– 3 tbsp coconut oil
– 3 tsp maple syrup
– 2 tsp coconut milk (or dairy free milk of choice)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– ¼ tsp cinamon
– 1/8 tsp ground ginger
– 5 dried apricots
– 1 ½ tbsp coconut sugar for rolling
1. In a food processor, combine the coconut flour, pumpkin, and maple syrup and pulse to combine.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for the coconut sugar. Process until the mixture looks evenly combined.
3. Add the coconut sugar to a small bowl. Remove the blade from the food processor, and form 12 “cake” balls with your hands. Roll each in the coconut sugar. Store in the refrigerator for the ultimate freshness!
Of course, you could leave off rolling the “cake” balls in coconut sugar. But, if you’re looking for a nostalgic and truly decadent treat, I recommend including it!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin treat you make every year? Share in the comments!
Alexa is the owner and writer of her blog, Girl in Healing, where she strives to teach those newly diagnosed with autoimmune conditions like Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis the power of a real food lifestyle. She will be a practicing AIP Certified Coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the end of 2017. You can follow along with her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.