Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

Pecan Pumpkin Pie BitesEvery 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!?

Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

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.Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

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.Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

Yield: 15

Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

These pecan pumpkin pie bites have the texture of cookie dough and the taste of pumpkin pie. Perfect for snacking or a sweet treat!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Pulse the pecans and pumpkin seeds in a food processor.
  2. Stir into a bowl of the cinnamon and oats.
  3. Put the pumpkin, dates and maple syrup in a food processor, and pulse until dates are finely chopped.
  4. Stir into bowl of dry ingredients until fully mixed.
  5. Cover bowl and place in freezer for 30 minutes (this will make rolling it into little balls easier).
  6. Use a spoon and your hands to roll into one- or two-bite sized balls.
  7. Store in the freezer or refrigerator (I prefer the frige.)

Notes

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).

http://pumpsandiron.com/2013/11/14/pecan-pumpkin-pie-bites/

Do you hop on the pumpkin bandwagon each fall? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

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Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

When I decided to greatly reduce the amount of dairy in my diet (you can read more on that here), it was surprisingly easy for me to give up cheese. What wasn’t so easy was giving up frozen yogurt and ice cream. I. Love. Ice cream. I mean, I was a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Buns ice cream for Halloween this past year. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

While I definitely still enjoy some ice cream and froyo here and there (while screaming “YOLO!” and thrusting my middle fingers into the air), I’m always on the hunt for dairy-free alternatives to satisfy those cravings. You can imagine how excited I was when Yonanas sent me one of their awesome banana ice cream makers. It looks like and has the same consistency of froyo, but it’s made with frozen fruit.

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)For this particular frozen dessert concoction, I used banana and strawberries, and stirred in some almond butter and honey, topping it with shredded coconut—but the combination possibilities are endless. 

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

Yield: 1 small bowl

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter

A dairy-free "ice cream" made with frozen fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, spotted and frozen
  • 1 handful strawberries, frozen
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Peel one large banana (wait until it’s spotted—this is the perfect ripeness for frozen desserts), cut in half, seal in a Ziploc bag and put in the freezer overnight.
  2. Remove the green stem/leaves from a handful of strawberries, seal in a Ziploc bag and also freeze overnight.
  3. Let the fruit thaw for 10 minutes (you might want to take the strawberries out of the freezer before the banana and give them 5-10 extra minutes of thawing).
  4. Put half the banana in the Yonanas machine, steadily pushing it through.
  5. Put the strawberries through.
  6. Put the other half of the banana through.
  7. Stir the honey and almond butter into to frozen fruit.
  8. Top with shaved coconut.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2013/08/22/frozen-fruit-dessert-with-honey-and-almond-butter/

First my new juicer, now Yonanas—lately I’ve been really into appliances that look like they have erections. And when you think about it, why wouldn’t you want your kitchen gadgets to be happy to see you? :)

Frozen Fruit Dessert with Honey and Almond Butter (dairy-free "ice cream"!)

Do you guys have any other fun kitchen gadgets you’d recommend?

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Apple White Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Maple Glaze Drizzle

apple white chocolate chip cookies with a maple glaze drizzleThis is a health & fitness blog soooo let’s just focus on the fact that there are apples in these cookies and pretend they’re healthy. (They’re not. Not even a little bit.)

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Apple White Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Maple Glaze Drizzle

Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips

Maple Frosting Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp. apple juice, as needed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter. Skin, core, and finely chop apple.
  2. In large bowl, thoroughly mix together melted butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and milk; stir until fully combined.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, cloves.
  4. Slowly add mixed dry ingredients to the large bowl of sugar and wet ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  5. Fold in white chocolate chips and apple.
  6. Place spoonfuls of batter on a nonstick cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes.
  8. While baking, mix together maple frosting ingredients. When done, remove cookies from the over, place on cooling rack, and drizzle with the maple frosting glaze. Let cool.

apple white chocolate chip cookies with a maple glaze drizzleapple white chocolate chip cookies with a maple glaze drizzleTreat yourself this Christmas with these cookies!