since i stopped eating highly processed foods and have been avoiding wheat, i have had to let go of many treats. i don't miss the actual food items per se (cupcake? meh. pass.) but I do miss some of the flavors that are treat flavors.
pumpkin pie is a flavor i really love. at thanksgiving i made a pie with GF crust made from almond meal. it tasted good but the crust was kinda lame. it got too brown and didn't hold the pie effectively, which is what a crust ought to do. i am still working on GF pie crust because i like savory pies to, but i solved the pumpkin pie flavored treat problem in a way that is natural and super yum!
i adapted a recipe i found on the web to my pumpkiny needs. the original features no spices and uses carrots. any squash or root veggie you can cook and mash would work for a variation of this.
pumpkin pie powerballs
adapted from zuzana's powerballs via bodyrock.tv.
1 cup GF oats, ground to coarse flour/meal
2 cups almond meal
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or to taste)
3 tsp baking powder
4 tblsp honey
4 tblsp virgin coconut oil, liquified
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1/3 cup almonds, crushed
1/4-1/3 cup sunflower seeds, crushed
- preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- crush almonds and sunflower seeds together for coating, set aside.
- combine all dry ingredients, set aside.
- combine all wet ingredients, then incorporate into the dry ingredients. the batter will be somewhat sticky.
- scoop heaping teaspoonfuls of batter and gently roll into balls. roll balls in the nut and seed coating and place on a cooking sheet covered in parchment. i used a silpat.
- bake for 25 minutes.
- remove from oven and let cool so the balls will hold their shape.
calories: approx 75 per ball
these are super yum.
if you go off the deep end and eat three it will equal as many calories as a candy bar but full of happy vitamins A, E, a few Bs, plus fiber with far less sugar. snack happy!