Every time I’ve gone to the grocery store in the past few weeks, I’ve felt compelled to buy a can of pumpkin puree. Maybe it’s just that I follow too many food blogs, but from September to December, social media tells us that we’re pretty much culturally irrelevant if we’re not consuming pumpkin or pumpkin-spiced-something-or-other at every meal. You ordered a regular COFFEE instead of a PUMKIN SPICED LATTE?!! What the f*ck is wrong with you!?
Honestly, I don’t even like pumpkin that much. Sure, it’s great when you add seven cups of sugar and cinnamon and bake it into a buttery piecrust, but when it comes to fall vegetables, I’m team butternut squash all the way. Sorry, pumpkin.
The result of me being a societal pumpkin drone while not even really liking the stuff is a pantry full of pumpkin that has Got. To. Go. When I saw these pumpkin pie balls on The Lean Green Bean, I couldn’t wait to make my own version. No baking, yummy fall flavors, perfect for snaking—boom. Eating a couple will also satisfy your sweet tooth if you’re getting a dessert craving after dinner. Because they’re soft, it’s almost like eating cookie dough. Yes. Please.
These pecan pumpkin pie bites have the texture of cookie dough and the taste of pumpkin pie. Perfect for snacking or a sweet treat!
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup dates, pitted and chopped
- ½ cup rolled oats (I used gluten-free)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pulse the pecans and pumpkin seeds in a food processor.
- Stir into a bowl of the cinnamon and oats.
- Put the pumpkin, dates and maple syrup in a food processor, and pulse until dates are finely chopped.
- Stir into bowl of dry ingredients until fully mixed.
- Cover bowl and place in freezer for 30 minutes (this will make rolling it into little balls easier).
- Use a spoon and your hands to roll into one- or two-bite sized balls.
- Store in the freezer or refrigerator (I prefer the frige.)
These are soft and a little gooey—I really wanted to go for the cookie dough texture. If you want them firmer, add ¼ cup oats (or maybe even some vanilla protein powder).
Do you hop on the pumpkin bandwagon each fall? What’s your favorite way to eat it?