Salted Caramel Pumpkin Spice Collagen Balls

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It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes crazy over pumpkin! You didn’t think I’d let fall go by without getting in on the pumpkin craze, did you?

I’m a huge fan of autumn. Crisp cool air, colourful leaves, a warm tea and a pumpkin treat in hand, what’s not to love?

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I’m also a huge fan of treat recipes that are simultaneously healing like these Salted Caramel Pumpkin Spice Collagen Balls!

Why I Love This Recipe:

– Easy to make – throw ingredients in a blender, blend and roll into balls. No baking required!

– Includes healthy fat from the coconut oil, protein from the collagen, and resistant starch from the tigernut flour. All ingredients that will prevent blood sugar spikes! Note my fave collagen is from Further Food.

– No coconut fibre. Coconut is a great substitute but it can also cause digestive upset in some sensitive folks. I know for myself I can only handle so much coconut fiber. So I’m loving that the only coconut product this recipe contains is coconut oil, which is usually well tolerated even in those who don’t tolerate the fiber.

– Great for kids: These are great as school snacks since they are completely nut free. Note: my kids preferred them without the flaked sea salt.

– On the go snack: Make ahead, store in fridge and grab when you need a quick snack!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Not only is pumpkin great for prostate health and improving HDL, the 'good cholesterol', but one cup of cooked mashed pumpkin is a mere 49 calories. When watching salt and/or sugar intake, beware of added ingredients and opt for fresh pumpkin when possible. The orange flesh is due to its beta carotene content, which is part of the antioxidant group of pigments called carotenoids.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Spice Collagen Balls

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

6 medjool dates, pits removed
1/2 cup tigernut flour
1/2 cup Further Food Collagen Peptides
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon mace
sea salt flakes

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.
2. Process until texture is sandy.
3. Scoop by the tablespoon and form into balls. *If its too sticky to handle, pace in fridge for 20-30 minutes.
4. Place balls on a parchment lined dish.
5. Place flaked sea salt on top of balls.
6. Refrigerate until firm. Approx 45-60 minutes.
7. Enjoy! Store in refrigerator in glass container.

1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. 2. Process until texture is sandy. 3. Scoop by the tablespoon and form into balls. *If its too sticky to handle, pace in fridge for 20-30 minutes. 4. Place balls on a parchment lined dish. 5. Place flaked sea salt on top of balls. 6. Refrigerate until firm. Approx 45-60 minutes. 7. Enjoy! Store in refrigerator in glass container.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 152; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 8 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 1 mg; Potassium: 149 mg; Carbohydrate: 14 g; Fiber: 4 g; Sugar: 9 g; Protein: 7 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 1%; Vitamin A: 5%; Iron: 4%; Calcium: 4%

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