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spiced pumpkin truffles

 

 

IMG_4212It’s fall, it’s October, and it is pumpkin season! I think everyone has the pumpkin bug right now, so why not make some healthy pumpkin truffles to satisfy your craving! We decided to amp these up with a little spice to not only keep your tongue guessing, but to rev up your metabolism and get some heat flowing to your body!

Ingredient Spotlight:

Cayenne pepper is known for its intense heat that is produced by a very important compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been well studied for its effects a pain reliever, both internally and topically. It is known for its metabolism boosting benefits, but it is also great for indigestion, ulcers, GERD, IBS, and other gastrointestinal disorders. It is also used for psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and muscle pain.

Pumpkin/kabocha and oats are other shining stars in this meal for their health benefits. Pumpkin/kabocha is in season this time of year, making it the perfect local food to consume. Plus it packs a plentiful amount of beta-carotene, noted by its orange color! Oats are a great source of fiber and a heart-healthy food, so eat up!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin or kabocha squash
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp ground chia seeds
  • pumpkin pie spices to your hearts content
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate (we like lilly’s or enjoy life)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne, plus more for decoration
  • optional: vanilla protein powder…if you like that sorta thing ;P

**note: Adding in grassfed butter or cacao butter instead of oats and chia would give you a creamier more truffle like consistency like the chocolate truffles you may purchase in a store with a creamy filling.

Directions:

  • Blend oats and chia to create flour.
  • Blend pumpkin or squash to creamy consistency (we had to add a little chai tea to get it creamy, but this depends on your blender. Unfortunately my blendtec hasn’t made it’s way to Colorado yet:( )
  • Next, combine squash and oat/chia flour until a thick and creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Roll into balls
  • Then, melt chocolate using the evil microwave 😉 or a double broiler.
  • Once chocolate has melted, stir in cayenne pepper
  • Finally, roll the balls into the melted chocolate, or pour the chocolate over them to create spicy pumpkin truffles!

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Let us know if you make these and how they turn out! These were used with the ingredients on hand, but could be made a multitude of ways to create different consistencies, so let us know what you decide!

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