Mini pumpkins... speedy last minute halloween treat!
I have so many recipe photos stored up in my computer, ready for editing and blogging... finding dedicated time to do so is somewhat tricky at times! But I promise I will get back on it much more consistently as we gear up to the end of the year since sharing recipes is something I love so much!
I made this pumpkin themed recipe yesterday AND I had to no choice but to get on here and share because otherwise Halloween would be over! ha ha
If you are planning a gathering of some sort over the weekend, or need to take a treat to one, these could be a great bet. I found the flavours a little more sophisticated than regular bliss balls, so adults taste buds may prefer them, but i'll let you decide on that!
These are really quick to make. I used roasted pumpkin for depth of flavour and a less wet mix, but for speed you could use fresh raw chunks or puree from a can BUT in that case you will likely need to add extra oatmeal (or a similar dry ingredient) since the resulting mix will be wetter than when using roasted pumpkin which has a lot less moisture remaining. I used a smaller culinary pumpkin but I don't see why regular larger carving pumpkins would not work just as well.
Don't skimp of dusting lightly in turmeric for the orangey glow, it won't be overpowering to taste and really makes them look the part (though take the clove out before eating!)
Enjoy your mini pumpkins and any festive fun you might be having the weekend!
Recipe: Mini pumpkin bliss balls
1 cups roasted pumpkin chunks or 1/2 cup puree
1/2 cup ground oats
1 cup dates*
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
2 tsp mixed spice (or to taste) (note- this is pumpkin spice if in the US)
a pinch of salt
a light dusting of turmeric to coat
* Just using dates was sweet enough for me, but taste the mix and add a little coconut sugar or stevia if desired.
Chop a fresh pumpkin into small approx, 2cm chunks and roast for 15 mins or until golden. I didn't coat my chunks in any oil. Note: you'll need around 1.5 cups of chunks as it will shrink during roasting.
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until fairly smooth. If the mixture is very sticky add extra oatmeal or other dry ingredient.
I allowed my mix to 'set' a little in the freezer for approx 30 mins so it was easy to handle. Roll into balls and toss lightly in turmeric- add a little extra mixed spice to the turmeric if you like.
Press to form a squashed ball (pumpkin shape) and add a clove to the top for extra authenticity ;-)
Keep chilled until ready to eat.