Nut-Free Pumpkin Spice Bites

It’s that time of year again, pumpkin spice is taking over everything!  I’m actually really excited about it.  I love pumpkins, sweater weather and just about everything to do with autumn (not to mention it means that Christmas is just around the corner!)

I admit to being a former lover of the infamous PSL, but I gave it up years ago (it’s full of junk, but we won’t get into that right now).  Still, I was needing some pumpkin spice in my life.  I was looking for a quick, work-friendly snack I could pack in my lunch bag and came up with these nut-free pumpkin spice bites.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup of hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients into your food processor
  2. Mix until completely blended (it’ll form into a giant ball).  This will take a few minutes.
  3. Roll into bite-sized balls
  4. Makes 15-18 bites, depending on size
  5. Store in the fridge

My Go-To Green Juice Recipe (Blender Version)

I don’t own a juicer, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fresh green juice anytime I want!  Making green juice in a blender is really easy (it just requires an extra step – straining through a nut-milk or jam making bag to separate the pulp from the liquid).  I make a batch of this juice on the weekend; it’ll keep in the fridge for a few days.  When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll mix the juice with some carbonated water.

Recipe:

  • 2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, etc., or a mixture)
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into quarters (I like to use granny smith)
  • 1 piece of ginger (about an inch or so)
  • Fresh parsley (rip a small small amount)
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into thirds
  • 1 small cucumber (mini or Persian), cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 4 cups filtered water

Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and there are no large pieces left.  Strain the juice through a nut-milk bag.  Store the juice in the fridge for a few days.

**I know that the leftover pulp can be used in smoothies, breads, cookies, etc. but I have not tried any myself.  Let me know if you do!