12 Balls of Christmas: Pumpkin Spice Balls

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Amy:

I’ve decided to make a series of recipes entitled the 12 Balls of Christmas….which will feature irresistible balls of raw ingredients with a holiday flare!  I got the inspiration while looking for fun recipes to give to my co-workers for Christmas this year.  I hope they’ll be as stoked as I am 🙂

For the first ball of Christmas I’d like to offer you….the pumpkin spice ball!  Who doesn’t like pumpkin, cinnamon, raisins and oats?!?  Whip these little babies up and they will be gone before you can blink an eye!  They didn’t last two days in my house….especially after I drizzled melted chocolate over them.  I guess I’ll have to start freezing them immediately if I’m going to have any left for presents….

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats (wheat free if needed)

1/2 cup pecans, raw or toasted (or more oats if not using nuts)

1/3 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup raisins, soaked for 5 minutes in warm water

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

Pinch of salt

Chocolate drizzle (optional):

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or high quality chocolate

1 tsp coconut oil (optional to make it thinner)

Directions:

1. Pulse the oats, nuts (if using) in the food processor until ground into a fine powder.

2. Add remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse for a minutes or until well encorporated.

3. Using wet hands roll dough into 1 inch sized balls.

4. For chocolate drizzle, met chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute or on the stove until soft.  Mix in coconut oil and stir well until totally smooth.  Drizzle over balls.  Harden in the freezer for about 10 minutes.  Alternative garnishes can be a sprinkle of cinnamon or some crushed nuts.

Makes about a dozen.  Store in fridge for about a week or freezer.

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