Pumpkin spice bliss balls

My first recipe of the Autumn season this year and its a good one – Pumpkin Spice truffles! I absolutely love using pumpkin particularly in sweet recipes. These are my favourite balls to make for an after dinner dessert (I always consume about 10 of them!) and it gets even better – I cover them in white chocolate! I have tried it with both white and dark chocolate but I find white is more creamy and dreamy!

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Ingredients (makes 12)

  • 80 ml coconut cream
  • 2 heaped tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 heaped tbsp coconut flour
  • 100g white chocolate

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the coconut cream, pumpkin puree and vanilla essence. Use a teaspoon to stir well.
  2. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and the coconut flour. Stir the ingredients until it well combined and you achieve a ‘truffle’ like consistency.
  3. Roll the mix into individual balls and allow to cool in the fridge for up to an hour.
  4. Melt the white chocolate either over the heat or in a bowl over boiling water.
  5. Dip the balls into the white chocolate, covering them completely and placing them on baking paper.
  6. Put back in the fridge and leave to set for an hour. ENJOY!

Vanilla Protein Balls

VANILLA PROTEIN BALLS

I often get asked what my favourite snack recipes are and this one could be a strong contender at the moment… No joke guys – these are DIVINE! They are super easy to whip up and in batches and keep in the fridge as your go-to snacks for the week.

These little balls are a good source of protein and essential fats, making them an energy dense snack. If you are a snacker (like me), these are great to take on the go to help satisfy feelings of hunger in between meals.

Note: You will need a food processor or powerful blender.

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g tinned chickpeas (drained)
  • 30g walnuts
  • 40g almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 25g vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Cashew milk (add this gradually until you achieve the right consistency, details in method)
  • 60g dark chocolate  (optional)

 

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METHOD (makes approx raw 10 balls)

  • Add the nuts and chickpeas to your food processor and pulse until the nuts are ground down. Add the protein powder, cinnamon, coconut oil and honey and continue to blend. Start to add the cashew milk by tablespoons (1 at a time) until to achieve a thick and moulded texture, in which the ingredients is well bound.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop the mixture out into individual balls – using your hands to mould them.
  • Place on a sheet of baking paper and allow to cool / set in the fridge for half an hour.
  • If you are going to give your balls a chocolate coating, melt your chocolate and drizzle over the top of the balls and leave to set in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • ENJOY!

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