These pumpkin pie bites are a healthy and guilt-free snack perfect for when those pumpkin pie cravings kick in! Vegan, gluten-free and paleo.
This past weekend, I went to the CHFA tradeshow in Toronto (AKA a LOT of free food samples and products) WOO HOO!!!
Love free stuff!
As a dietitian and foodie, I always find it interesting to see all of the products that are trending.
One thing that I noticed at the show was that there was an abundance of bars and bites.
My goodie bag (one of the perks of the show) was packed to the brim with gluten-free bars, protein bars, chocolate bars, nut bars, fruit bars, paleo bars, chia bites, savoury bars..you name it!
Pretty much every type of bar imaginable.
Balls, bites and bars are HUGE.
And reasonably so.
They’re SUPER convenient.
As much as I love the convenience of bars, I don’t always love the nutrition label.
Oftentimes, I find that they’re packed full of hidden sources of sugar and are not a great source of fibre.
Wherever I can, I like to create my own bars and balls to control the types of ingredients that I’m consuming.
I like to use ingredients like dates, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and almonds to create delicious and healthy treats like these little pumpkin pie bites.
Yeah. That’s right.
Another perk of making my own balls and bars.
I get to create my own flavours.
At this time of year, I start to crave pumpkin pie, but don’t exactly want to eat it every day.
Well actually, I do.
But I know that I shouldn’t.
So instead, I create healthy balls that taste like pumpkin pie so that I CAN eat them every day.
Are you catching my vibe?
These pumpkin pie bites contain no added sugar and are full of healthy fats and fibre from the nuts and dates.
That’s my kind of treat!
Perfect for when those pumpkin pie cravings kick in!
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in water for 20 minutes to soften)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp. pure pumpkin puree
- Optional toppings:
- Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- Add the chopped walnuts, pecans, dates, vanilla, pie spice and pumpkin to a food processor and process until a smooth ball of dough is formed.
- Roll into balls about 1 ½ inch diameter and coat in chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week or freezer for up to 3 months.