Fall for Pumpkin Protein Balls this Season (See What I Did There?)

I look forward to October every year for one simple reason: it’s Pumpkin Everything Season! And despite living in Southwest Florida where the temperature rarely drops below 60 degrees, once autumn shows up on the calendar, I morph into that girl.

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Yep, I’m basic apparently. So sue me. Fall is a glorious time. And pumpkins are a direct result of that gloriousness.

These seasonal superfoods are rich in Vitamin A to promote vision health, Fiber to increase digestive regularity, Antioxidants to support immune function, Potassium to stimulate post-workout energy and Carotenoids to reduce skin aging effects.

Plus, they get all the Instagram likes, so…

But I digress. If you wanna experience those nutritional benefits for yourself, not just during autumn but year-round too (Why isn’t the PSL Summer Edition a thing? Looking at you, Starbucks!), might I suggest these no-bake Pumpkin Quinoa Protein Balls.

They’re perfect for a healthy plant-based breakfast or afternoon snack. And, all basicness aside, they taste like fall is supposed to taste. *insert brown leaf emoji*

I rest my case.

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yields 2 dozen protein balls

Ingredients:

1 can Pumpkin Purée (organic)

1 tbsp. Sunflower Butter (organic)

1/3 c. Rolled Oats (whole grain)

1/4 c. Quinoa (organic)

1 Apple (peeled & diced)

1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Spice

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Ginger

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 Preparation:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to its package instructions, then set aside.
  2. Combine the pumpkin purée, rolled oatssunflower buttercinnamon, ginger and pumpkin spice in a mixing bowl.
  3. Slice the apple into small chunks, then stir into the pumpkin mixture.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa to the pumpkin mixture, then stir these ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  5. Divide the batter into bite-sized balls and place in the freezer for 1 hour before serving.

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So. Much. Yes.

The Kick-Off to Your Labor Day Cookout Is Here…

Remember snow cones? That brain-freezing sugar rush the kid version of you craved? Uh huh. Nostalgia at its yummiest. Buuuut not exactly known for its track-record in the health department.

Until now. Because when you replace that refined sugar and artificial syrup with naturally sweetened fruit, you get tons of flavor—but zero guilt. Which brings me to this newest concoction a la yours truly…

watermelon snow cones

Blend up a batch (or you know, ten) for those Labor Day shenanigans as either a pre-gamer or dessert. You could even add some vodka to go the more adultish route—of course, the health factor might be called into question at this point.

But I digress. If you’re gonna make ’em this weekend (which you definitely should), lemme show you how it’s done.

So, Here’s What You Need:

  1/2 cup Watermelon (diced)

   •   2 cups Ice (crushed or cubed)

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Now, Time to Make It:

1.   Place the ice cubes in a blender, then add the watermelon on top.

2.   Pulse the blender until both ingredients form a slushy texture.

3.   Transfer into festive glasses and slurp to your taste buds’ content.

P.S. going back for seconds = totally acceptable.

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sister approved

and she’s a tough critic, so winning!

Yup. These bad boys deserve an invite to your Labor Day cookout. Because summertime has spoken, and every season needs one last “hurrah.” So move aside, Pumpkin Spice Latte…

your time is coming!