Chocolate Pumpkin Oatballs

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Did you know the latin meaning of October is actually ‘candy consumption’? No I’m just kidding…. but it might as well be since that what usually happens all month long.  Those mini chocolate bars somehow find their way into my house weeks before Hallowe’en and the sugary treats practically jump off the store shelves and into my cart.  With Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en to tempt us with artificial pumpkin spiced lattes, candy corn and mini kit kat bars I thought this healthier sweet treat would be a welcome swap out.  And we could all use a little less sugar in our lives, wouldn’t you agree?!  Well here is the perfect recipe to satisfy that pumpkin craving while still being healthy and low in sugar- your waistline and dentist will appreciate this swap.
yields 32 bite size balls

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1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown rice crispy cereal
1 cup oat flour (oats ground to a powdery fine texture in food processor)
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds, roasted, hulled & unsalted)
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
-mix these in a large bowl till well combined

2 tbsp. maple syrup 
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tblsp milk (any kind you have on hand)
-whisk these together in a separate bowl till well combined
-add to dry ingredients and using hands, incorporate liquid mixture evenly into dry mixture
-refrigerate for 3omin

1/2 cup dark (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips
1/2 tblsp coconut oil
-in a small microwave safe bowl, melt these together in microwave in 30 sec intervals, stirring after each interval until chips are fully melted and coconut oil is incorporated
-after oats have chilled, scoop out 1 heaping teaspoon of oat mixture and shape and press into ball
-dip into melted chocolate, place on parchment lined cookie sheet
-sprinkle each ball with a few flakes of 
sea salt (optional) 
-chill in refrigerator another 15min and keep stored in air tight container in fridge

 

post sponsored by Gateshead Dental, www.gatesheaddental.com
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I thought I’d be a useful contributing citizen of Hamilton and help you all decide where to eat your next meal. Your hard earned money should be put to good use and your bellies and taste buds deserve to be satisfied and tantalized. As a born and raised Hamiltonian I’ve come to love introducing people, (mostly just some friends n family that don’t get out much, the odd out-of-town visitor and now YOU my loyal followers!) to all the wonderful places the Hammer has to offer. The food scene here is experiencing quite the revival and I’m happy to do the dirty work for ya and check out these new and old restos, then give you my review. Happy eating and exploring #hamont!

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