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.
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
- 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
- Remove pits from dates and process in the food processor until a ball forms.
- Add all remaining ingredients and process 7-10 seconds or until combined.
- 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.)
- Transfer balls to a serving dish, sprinkle with sea salt and serve. Store any leftovers in a sealed glass container in the fridge.
- Enjoy! :)