Happy PUMPKIN Tuesday to y’all!
Isn’t it a glorious day?
The weather is cooler. My mom is coming to visit tomorrow. And I have a fridge of pumpkin truffles awaiting me.
Life is good.
Nay, life is grand.
Pumpkin? In a truffle?
Indeed, I’ve gotten my Willy Wonka on once again and made a new candy-like treat for y’all that is actually good for you!
I assure you these tasty little bites of autumnal glory are not overpoweringly pumpkiny.
On top of that, they’re super simple to make!
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed pumpkin addict like me or you appreciate a decadent yet healthy treat, these truffles are for you!
Dang it. Just thinking about them is making me drool….
Grab a mug of pumpkin spice coffee and let’s get our pumpkin on!
I can’t even mention them without smiling.
They’re rich. They’re decadent. They’re just little bite-sized beauties, begging to be devoured.
Usually, they are reserved for cliché, velvety heart-shaped boxes on Valentine’s Day, and the contents are often waxy, cheap, and as risky as Tennessee’s kicker trying to make a field goal (sorry…I just have a lot of feelings about my Vols these days…).
Sometimes the contents are surprisingly exquisite and complex, like smoked salted almond or dark chocolate ancho chili. And other times they are reminiscent of a horrifying combination of children’s toothpaste and a melted gummy bear.
Not to mention they’re packed with weird frankenfoods like soy lecithin, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, and corn syrup.
Those are NOT the kind of truffles we’re making today.
If I’m going down the treat path, I’d prefer to do as little damage to my body composition goals as well as overall wellbeing as possible.
That’s why my pumpkin truffles are 100% real food based.
Organic pumpkin. Raw cashews. Dates. Nut Butter. Spices. Dark chocolate. Coconut oil.
How easy peasy paleo is this?! And vegan! And whole 30 if you leave off the chocolate (which would be a tad sad but still tasty).
You throw most of the ingredients into your blender or food processor, pulse them together until they’re smooth or the texture you dig.
Scoop em out on parchment-lined vessel that will fit in your freezer. I usually have to do a loaf or 8X8 since my freezer is rather crowded.
As they harden, melt some dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals. DO NOT HEAT FOR LONGER THAN 30 SECONDS AT A TIME. You will scorch the chocolate=gritty, grainy chocolate. Nobody got time for that.
Dunk a frozen truffle into the molten magma chocolate. The fork is my utensil of choice for coating the pumpkin nugget in dark chocolatey magic. If you want to coat your truffle in anything, do it right away cause that chocolate will harden speedy fast. Like you looked up to see what the 4 mystery basket ingredients for the dessert round of Chopped were and now the chocolate seal is set quick.
I sprinkled mine with a lil pumpkin pie spice and sea salt. Confession: one I accidentally cracked pepper instead of sea salt on…and no, I didn’t throw it out. I don’t think I’ve eaten it yet, but I imagine I’ll know when I do.
Once all the pumpkin babies are wearing their chocolate coats, store them in your fridge if you like a softer filling or in the freezer for a firmer willing. I tried both and prefer mine in the freezer. They last longer in there, too.
1 week in the fridge. Up to 3 months in the freezer.
Friends, with Halloween approaching, I’ve gotta do my best to provide y’all with treats that won’t leave your jeans feeling so tricked. And this recipe is certainly one of them! I’ll do a treat round-up soon if you’re looking for some healthier treats to bribe your kiddos with.
Luckily, that isn’t going to be a problem with my kiddo this year. We’re still gumming pureed pears and oats and sweet potatoes.
Alright you shimmering sunrays, go out and get your pumpkin on today.
And, as always, if you have any ideas for pumpkinpalooza 2017, leave me a comment below! There may or may not be some pumpkin RX bars and a pumpkin meatloaf in the works….but I’d love hearing what y’all would be interested in me tackling next!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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