Pumpkin is a staple during Halloween. Aside from carving them out and using them for decorations, save some to carve in the kitchen and turn into yummy, healthy treats! Get a load of delicious pumpkin munchies peppered with chocolates and fall flavors.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites (Amy's Healthy Baking)
If you're a fan of chocolate chip cookies or bars, then you'll most definitely love this Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites recipe from Amy's Healthy Baking. This is a vegan and gluten-free recipe that uses oatmeal instead of regular flour. The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves makes this gooey treat special.
"Protein-packed & a very easy snack. Full of fall flavors & lots of rich chocolate, they taste like a treat—but they’re still healthy!"
- 3 cups gluten free oats
- 2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts (Detoxonista)
Detoxonista has a recipe called No-Bake Pumpkin Tarts. This vegan and paleo treat is grain-free. The crust of the tarts is made with shredded coconuts and walnuts. While the luscious filling is made with pumpkin puree, almond mlik and dates. The fall flavor combo of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and vanilla makes this a superb fall dessert!
"Featuring a sweet pumpkin filling and a grain-free crust, these mini pumpkin pies are a quick and easy seasonal dessert that are lighter on your waistline. Naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates, this simple pumpkin filling can be whipped up in a blender in minutes!"
For the crust:
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars (Ambitious Kitchen)
Energy balls are the craze these days and if you're looking for something that's made with pumpkin, you should try this Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars from Ambitious Kitchen. It's fairly easy to make and should be in your list of regular treats to whip up. You can also make a batch of this treat ahead for a healthy snack all throughout the week.
"These easy & healthy snacks are full of protein and lots of rich chocolate! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week."
- 1 cup (100g) old-fashioned oats (measured liked this and gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 scoops (60g) Plant Fusion Vanilla Bean Protein Powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp Truvia
- 1 cup (244g) pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 tbsp (28g) miniature chocolate chips
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Making natural, homemade pumpkin puree is not as difficult as it sounds. Seed pumpkin, cover it in foil and pop in the oven for about an hour. Scrape the meat of the pumpkin and puree in a blender.
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.