Pumpkin Pie Balls
These Pumpkin Pie Balls are in season and so easy to make. I used my usual base of medjool dates and cashews, added pumpkin, coconut flour and spices. You could substitute some of the coconut flour for your favourite protein powder to give these guys a protein boost too. Otherwise they make for a quick, easy and portable snack.
I made these for an event I recently attended and noticed something that go me thinking. A good percentage of the people I saw at my booth, did not want to try one of my Pumpkin Pie Balls. They said no thanks, none for them, a few placed their hands on their abdomen and others said no sugar for them.
I explained to all these people that these Pumpkin Pie Balls only contain Medjool dates as a sweetener and listed off the other ingredients as well. They still turned me down. This got me thinking about food and the diet mentality. It would be interesting to continue the conversation with these people to get a deeper understanding of why they avoided my Pumpkin Pie Balls. Maybe some of them really just don’t like pumpkin or sweets but others, I bet were coming from a diet mentality.
My Pumpkin Pie Balls are made with whole food ingredients, nothing weird, no processed sugar or industrial seed oils. I would and have eaten them at breakfast and right before bed. So why are people so afraid to eat something sweet? It doesn’t make sense to me, but I do understand it as I’ve been there. Maybe it’s not on your plan or diet that you’re following. Maybe you’re trying to be “good” until your planned cheat meal. Maybe you’re just avoiding carbs altogether.
Here’s what happens. You end up feeling so restricted and can’t keep up with your diet, that you binge eat on the very foods you aren’t “allowed” to eat. Your body is smart and if you’re starving it with a 1200 calorie diet, it’s going to slow your metabolism down and you’re going to gain weight. That’s the basics of it, but it’s the truth. Dieting is one of the biggest causes of weight gain.
I’ve been anorexic and struggled with a disordered eating cycle of restriction and binge eating for a long time. I never considered myself a dieter and in my mind thought it was stupid. The thing is, I was essentially doing the same thing because I tried to maintain a “lifestyle change” of eating as little calories as possible, while exercising as much as I could. This is what would eventually lead to my binge eating episodes that could last up to a week at times.
Guess what? Over those years, I slowly gained weight because I was stressing my adrenals and affecting my thyroid, which slowed my metabolism. I had cold hands and feet, insomnia and blood sugar regulating issues among many other struggles. When I finally let go of restriction and focused on nourishing my body with enough food, and food that tasted delicious, the binge eating happened less and less often until it disappeared and my weight stabilized.
Even if you’re eating enough food, you can end up with cravings and binge eating, if you’re still restricting what you eat. What I mean is, if you only eat plain, boring food, your taste buds are not going to be satisfied and you’ll go looking for something tasty. My point is, eat enough food and food that tastes good, including theses Pumpkin Pie Balls!
- 5 Dates
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup cashew pieces
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until combined evenly.
- Roll into about 1.5 cm balls. I wet my hands so the batter doesn’t stick to them.
- Roll balls in toppings of your choice. I used shredded coconut and raw cacao powder but you can also used, crushed pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, cacao nibs, etc.
- Store in the fridge.