I gotta’ say, Pinterest has way too many pumpkin ideas for me to keep up with. But, I’m gonna’ do my part and try. Here’s one pumpkin recipe I found and tried the other night with success. Success meaning they were gone by mid-day the next day! These No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls were created by Ali over at gimme some oven. They happen to be the content of her #1 post and rightly so. They are Fall fabulous. You can eat these for breakfast, snack, dessert or while out hiking the trails (which I still need to muster up the courage and take my Little this Fall, Portland rain or not). Ali’s pictures are gorgeous and she even has a tab about photography and where she began, which gives me hope after reading it. My husband used to do wedding photography and out of nowhere (during someone’s wedding!), his camera stopped working. He had a back up thank, God, and the timing of it breaking down (in life, not at the wedding) worked out because he needed to focus his free time on other things. The crazy part? We have this beautiful camera we have yet to take in and get it fixed! I dig photography and I am this close (pretend you see my thumb and index finger an inch apart from each other) to taking it in. Taking it in means once it’s fixed I actually have to learn to use it and that’s a mountain climb in and of itself. But, you only live once, right? And who doesn’t love to climb mountains? I’ll keep you posted on this one.
Back to the pumpkin energy balls. Try them. They are really easy to make. I made them with my Little Man. The key is to refrigerate them before making them into balls and then when you’re ready to store, put them back into the refrigerator. They keep their shape and taste great cold.
Ali’s No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls recipe.
Health Facts: This recipe contains pumpkin seeds and dates, as well as other nutrient-rich ingredients. Pumpkin seeds contain a number of vitamins and minerals. They are high in zinc, which protects against osteoporosis, high in phytosterols, which reduces bad LDL cholesterol, contain Vit. E & K, and are the most alkaline-forming seed out of all seeds. Dates are rich in fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. One cup of dates provides almost half of your daily recommended fiber intake. They are a great choice to use in raw desserts or as a substitute for sugar.
Date Puree Sugar Substitute: Date puree can substitute 1 cup of sugar in any recipe. Puree 1 cup pitted dates with 1/2 – 1 cup hot water until a thick paste is made
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