Can you believe summer is….dare I say it… over already!? I think the only good thing about that sad fact, is that it’s now the time of year where it doesn’t seem weird to put pumpkin in everything.
I just recently resumed eating pumpkin in my oatmeal every morning, and I’ve been adding the leftover pumpkin into stews and chili, and… these Hemp & Pumpkin Pie Energy Poppers!
Not only does pumpkin taste delicious when combined with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and some sweetness, it’s also a good source of fiber, carotenoids (phytonutrients that help fight disease and promote heart health!), potassium, and magnesium!
For this particular recipe, I combined the pumpkin with fiber-rich, naturally sweet dates, omega-rich raw cashews, and none other than nutrient powerhouse hemp seeds! North Coast Naturals Raw Hemp Seeds to be precise! Then, to give the “poppers” that classic pumpkin pie flavor, I also added the perfect pumpkin pie spice mix!
No need for any added sugars, as the dates make these poppers perfectly sweet, and all the healthy fats from the cashews and hemp seeds make them rich and filling!
I call these “poppers” because you can just literally “pop” one in your mouth for the tastiest pumpkin-pie fix, and a boost of ready-to-use energy – these really make the perfect snack to have just before you head out on a crisp Autumn run!
- ¼ cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ¼ cup rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ½ teaspoon cinnamon, + ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, + ¼ tsp ground ginger, + ¼ teaspoon all spice)
- ¼ cup North Coast Naturals Raw Hemp Seeds
- In a food processor combine the pumpkin, dates, oats, cashews, and spices and process until a sticky mass is formed, this will take a couple minutes.
- Spread out the hemp seeds over a large plate or baking dish.
- Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop out the batter and with clean, wet hands, roll the batter into a ball using the palm of your hands.
- Roll the ball in the hemp seeds to coat the outside and set on a separate plate.
- Repeat until the batter is finished and you have around 10 balls coated with hemp seeds.
- Place the balls in the freezer to set for 1-2 hours.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.
Christal Sczebel is a Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Massage Therapist. She has a passion for helping others discover their best health through optimal nutrition and embracing a healthy lifestyle. Through education and inspiration, Christal aims to empower others to live a healthier lifestyle, experience true wellness, and to create, eat, and enjoy real whole foods. You can find delicious and healthy recipes, tips on nutrition, healthy living, fitness, and healthy travel on her blog, Nutritionist In The Kitch.