I have to confess I'm always late to get on the pumpkin bandwagon. I'm not typically a trend follower, and naturally have a slight stubborn resistance towards things over-saturated all over the place -- like pumpkin in fall. But I also happen to love pumpkin desserts, and so inevitably each year, seeing #pumpkineverything everywhere I succumb, get some puree, and then can't stop making pumpkin desserts for months :P
These little pumpkin cinnamon nuggets are the result of this year's new pumpkin adventures, which were the result of some leftover puree from this peanut butter pumpkin pie. And although I'm a big lover of the pie, I have to say my preference goes to these homely little sweet pumpkiny bites. They're just that good. Soft, and chewy, cinnamonny... and just plain delicious.
Though unplanned, on one of the batches I made of these (and yes, there have been many) I stuck a few chocolate chips into each one and thought they looked kind of cute with them in. Chocolate + pumpkin + cinnamon are a great flavor combo too, so can't go wrong. But if you prefer a soft, smooth, and uninterrupted textural experience (sounds so fancy, doesn't it? :P), feel free to omit the chocolate -- I've made some batches without it and very much liked these plain too (maybe even preferred it that way to be honest).
Another thing I tried is rolling them in cinnamon sugar. I made a quick sugar mixture from a bit of coconut sugar and cinnamon. It was delish on the balls, and looked adorable. Though to be honest, the balls are already sweet enough on their own, so I favored the plain version in the end. But if you want to change things up and make this you'll need:
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
Just mix them up, spread on a plate, and roll the balls in the sugar.
I was also happy to share these pumpkin cinnamon energy bites with a friend who can't have nutty desserts. She loved them and they also happened to work perfectly for her daughter's school event (nut-free dessert for the win!).
The base of these little balls is coconut flour, which I find can work great for recipes like this. It gives the balls a soft, sweet, and more-ish cookie-dough-meets-cake-balls kind of a texture.
These no-bake pumpkin cinnamon bites are the perfect way to enjoy a fuss-free simple pumpkin treat. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and nut-free.
1. Process all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips (if using) in a food processor until the mixture is combined. Let sit for a few minutes.
2. Scoop up approx. 2 tablespoon of the mixture, press a few chocolate chips into it (if using), then roll into a ball. Set aside on a plate, and repeat with remaining mixture.
3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours for the balls to firm up a little, or enjoy straight away if you prefer.*
*Store the balls in the fridge.