Good For You Fall Fuel: Pumpkin Spice Date Energy Balls

Dear reader: sorry, not sorry to give you two date recipes back to back, but look … I’ve got a three-pound bag to get through, mmmkay?

I don’t know what it’s been like in your neck of the woods, but here summer came roaring back AFTER we all started pulling our fall wardrobes out. Between our brief flash of fall-like weather and ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE STUFF LITERALLY EVERYWHERE there was a bit of a longing on my part for pumpkin pie. Which, I eat exactly once a year … at Thanksgiving (my pie was even in the local paper last year). November is still too far away to start entertaining the idea of pumpkin pie. I haven’t even had a PSL yet … but SOON.103autumn-974882_1920

So, what’s a gal to do? Glad you asked. MAKE ENERGY BALLS. Which given how many times I’ve CAPSLOCKED in this article, I clearly need more pep in my step.

Dates are one of those things I’m not sure how many people actually eat them. Are they on the same level as apples and oranges? I know they were never in my house growing up and outside of Indiana Jones I never heard anyone talk about them until I was in my mid-twenties. What I am saying here is dates are nummy AND packed with fiber, which is tres good for you.

A bit about dates: there are typically two kinds you will see used in recipes, madjool (this one seems to be the FAVORITE of most folks; it’s the largest date I think, and one of the sweeter ones as well) and deglet noor (which is my preference as they are less sweet, though they can be a bit drier than madjool) – but there are TONS of varieties to pick from, so if neither of these float your boat you can try a different variety.

These energy balls are delightfully fallish. As stated above, I had a mighty need for something pumpkiny, but I am trying to limit the number of sweets I eat (which is hard because I live for cookies and biscotti and ice cream and um … okay, I might have a sweet tooth), and I can indulge in some pumpkin pie deliciousness without feeling too terribly bad about it.

Pumpkin not your thing? Here’s some fun salted apple cider caramels that will knock your socks off.

SIDEBAR: it may have slid right by you on your Twitter timeline (or maybe you don’t imbibe in Twitter … or you’ve managed to stop, which: how?) a few weeks ago, but I am here to SHOUT it from the proverbial rooftops. DID YOU SEE THE THING ALEX DE CAMPI  AND DAVE ACOSTA DID?!? Basically we’ve got a great little comic run (that will be written and drawn around there very busy respective schedules … cross your fingers for monthly strips, folks) that is nothing but Frank Castle and Bucky Barnes watching movies and cleaning their weapons and being all super bro-ish and I AM HERE FOR IT.

Pumpkin Spice Date Energy Balls
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Ingredients:

1 cup deglet noor dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 raw English walnuts
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 + 1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cardamom
pinch of salt (optional)
pepitas for rolling (optional)

Directions:

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until thoroughly chopped and combined (if you feel like your mixture isn’t damp enough to stick together feel free to add a tsp of water to the mixture as you pulse).

Roll the mixture into balls and press pepitas into the top.

Refrigerate for an hour before serving and or store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

What is one fall time recipe you’ve been waiting for the cooler weather to begin so you can enjoy? Are dates a fruit you enjoy eating?

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