Raw Paleo Pumpkin Balls

Paleo Recipe Raw Paleo Pumpkin Balls

Happy pumpkin season! We all know when fall rolls around, because you start to see pumpkins appear everywhere, including this recipe. :)

I have to say, I was never a huge pumpkin fan. Pumpkin is typically used as a main ingredient in so many dessert recipes but I prefer to roast it or add pumpkin puree to my chili or use it in some kind of savory dish.

Raw Paleo Pumpkin BallsRaw Paleo Pumpkin Balls

Truthfully, as a kid, I had really only ever seen pumpkin served as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

The thing is, I think these raw pumpkin balls will give pumpkin pie a run for its money. These pumpkin balls don’t require cooking and they can be prepared very quickly. Plus, if you plan ahead and prepare them a few days in advance or even the day of because they’re that quick, you can share them with family and friends at a potluck or get together.

The first time I made these little guys, I had previously prepared a large batch of fresh pumpkin puree. If you’ve never made your own, I highly recommend you do. It totally beats the canned variety any day. :)

Previously, I had used quite a lot of pumpkin and way more dates than I would want anyone to consume, so when I remade a batch of pumpkin balls recently I also updated the recipe. I used flaked coconut in place of shredded and it made for a better consistency. Now, don’t assume this will produce a cake ball type dessert. These Raw Paleo Pumpkin balls are a little more wet but a fun little treat for kids or adults.

Raw Paleo Pumpkin Balls

Raw Paleo Pumpkin Balls

Yield: 20-25 Balls

Ingredients

  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (Make your own)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Remove pits from dates and process in the food processor until a ball forms.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and process 7-10 seconds or until combined.
  3. Use both hands to roll a teaspoon of the mixture at a time into balls. (The total amount of balls made will depend on the size of your palms if you don't measure about a teaspoon.)
  4. Transfer balls to a serving dish, sprinkle with sea salt and serve. Store any leftovers in a sealed glass container in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy! :)