Pumpkin pie. It’s that time of year again! With fall comes all the things we love – pumpkin carving, pumpkin patches pumpkin pies – all the pumpkin we can get!
Fall also means big family meals, and with all these fun gatherings, what better way to share your love than with delicious and nutritious food made with your own two hands?!
With so many people making a conscious effort to eat healthy, grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe might not cut it anymore. . .
The problem with traditional pumpkin pie is, while delicious, it is also packed with dairy (pumpkin pie recipes commonly call for heavy cream, milk, butter, and eggs), loads of sugar, gluten, and more. Not only are these ingredients not ideal from a health perspective; they also limit anyone with dietary restrictions.
So if you’re looking for a much healthier (and dare we say, tastier) alternative to traditional pumpkin pie, look no further. This toasted coconut pumpkin pie truffle recipe is going to be your new favorite! These yummy truffles make a great dessert, but also a fun healthy snack option.
Once you sink your teeth into one of these truffles, you’ll be craving another batch! And once you learn about the long list of health benefits (below the recipe), you’ll be even more motivated to whip up your next batch. The best part? These truffles are fun and easy to make!
Toasted Coconut and Pumpkin Pie Spice Truffle Recipe
Say buh-bye to that old unhealthy pumpkin pie and try these toasted coconut and pumpkin pie spice truffles for your next fall get-together. They’re sure to please everyone at your table.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Truffle Ingredients:
- 1 ½ c. + ⅓ c. (keep separate) unsweetened, shredded organic coconut
- 16 organic medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. organic vanilla
- ⅛ tsp. cinnamon oil
- 2 tbsp. organic sweet potato puree
- 2 tbsp. organic brown rice syrup
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Note: Keep the ⅓ cup shredded coconut separate for rolling truffles in in a medium mixing bowl
You will also need:
Pumpkin Pie Truffle Directions:
- Preheat an oven to 450. Take the first three ingredients and blend in a food processor on high for 20-25 seconds. Be sure to count the seconds out – this is key for the proper level of stickiness for later in the recipe
- Mix the remaining ingredients (except for the extra shredded coconut) and blend for another 20 seconds until the mixture comes together (this should happen really fast)
- Using a rubber spatula, transfer mix to a glass bowl. Start to make small truffles by rolling a spoonful of mix in your palms to form a small truffle ball. Place each truffle in the bowl of extra shredded coconut (see the photo below)
- Roll the truffles around until they are evenly coated (do this one at a time to prevent them from sticking together or getting misshapen)
- Place the rolled truffles into a glass baking dish. This recipe yields between 40-50 truffles and will easily fill an 8×8 baking dish. Once all truffles are shaped and rolled, bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes, then move to a middle shelf and broil for 45-60 seconds until golden brown on top (this time may vary depending on your oven). Either way, do not walk away at this point.
The Nutritional Benefits of This Pumpkin Pie Alternative Recipe
Sweet potatoes are a nutritious root vegetable that is high in fiber and potassium. They are packed with cancer-preventing antioxidants and beta-carotene which makes them great for your immune system and eye sight.
Sweet potatoes also contain a manganese, which is a mineral that supports collagen production and improves skin and bone health. They even contain anti-inflammatory properties!
Fun fact about dates: they contain 50% more potassium than bananas (by weight). Dates provide a nice energy boost, they can support digestive health, are nutrient-rich, and deliver a big dose of antioxidants. They can even help the body with blood sugar regulation!
The best part about cooking with dates? Naturally sweet, they can replace sugar’s job of adding sweetness to a dish (these pumpkin pie truffles are proof!) without having added sugars. In fact, sugar in dates is naturally occurring since dates are a whole and unprocessed fruit. So if you see a recipe or protein bar, etc sweetened only with dates, that’s why the nutrition facts will show “zero added sugar.”
Another fun fact about dates? While many people assume they are dried fruit, dates are in fact a fresh fruit! That’s because no water is removed in the process of dates going from farm to table.
Last but certainly not least – coconut! Coconut has been lauded as a very healthy food. But why? For starters, coconut delivers a good amount of healthy saturated fat. In fact, dried (or desiccated) coconut is considered an ideal source of healthy fat!
Coconut contains MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, which your body metabolizes differently from other fats and turns into energy. It also contains a variety of good-for-you minerals, like selenium, copper, and manganese.
The bottom line is, these pumpkin pie truffles are as nutritious as they are delicious! So you can keep snacking – and sharing – knowing that you’re eating something that’s good for you. And hey – we love you grandma, but your pumpkin pie doesn’t hold a candle to the health benefits of these tasty truffles. 🙂
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Voila! You just created a delicious and nutritious autumn treat. If you’re attending any Halloween, Thanksgiving, or other fall festivities, consider bringing a batch of these truffles!
You’ll blow everyone’s minds once they find out they’re healthy too. And what a great way to remind people that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland or boring. Clean eating never tasted so good. Warning: these pumpkin pie truffles are addictive and will go fast. Enjoy, and happy fall!
Did you make the recipe for yourself? Do you have a different healthy pumpkin recipe you’d like to share? Please let us know in the comments below – we love hearing from you!
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