Halloween No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Since today is Halloween, I could not resist posting this cute No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookie Ball recipe.

Our featured recipe is, once again, from Tasty Yummies and posted on the Free People blog.

Image courtesy of the Free People Blog

Halloween No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Beth from Tasty Yummies
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 8 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée (canned or fresh, if you use fresh be sure to drain as much water out as you can)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut plus more for rolling
  • Optional Add-ins: raisins (I used raisins in half of the recipe, about 1/4 cup), additional coconut for rolling, additional chopped walnuts for rolling or mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Add just the pitted dates to the food processor and process for a minute or two until a thick paste forms – if they are quite dry, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of water to get it moving. If they are pureed and form a large ball in the food processor, don’t worry too much, the other ingredients will thin it out.
  2. Next, add the almond butter, pumpkin puree, the spices, salt and the vanilla extract. Process for a minute or two again until thick and creamy.
  3. Add in the nuts and coconut and pulse a few times until the nuts are chopped and it all comes together into a thick dough.
  4. Try to roll a little in your hand, if it is holding together it is ready, if it is too crumbly try adding more almond butter and/or pumpkin. If it is too creamy and sticky, add more nuts and coconut. If you are adding raisins, just fold them in by hand with a spoon or spatula.
  5. Take the blade out of the processor and roll the dough into balls, about 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Roll into shredded coconut, if you wish. You should end up with approximately 18 cookie balls. You can eat them right away, or place them in the fridge for a bit to firm up (which is what I prefer
  6. Source: No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookie Balls (Gluten-Free, Vegan + Sugar-Free) | Free People Blog http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/10/nobake-pumpkin-spice-cookie-balls/#ixzz2AttbFeac

 

To make this a bit easier to make, I would suggest soaking the dates for a few hours or overnight and squeeze out as much water as possible before you make the cookies.  Too much water would make these nice little balls more like a puddle!!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!!

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