I always think that Summer is my favorite season. I love the heat and the sun and the tan and everything that comes with it. But then every year, summer comes to an end and I’m reminded of my true obsession with fall. And then I realize… FALL is definitely my favorite season.
The colors – I’m a big fan of when the leaves change. Everything in the fall is just so pretty. Foliage af.
The flavors and food – Squash!!! Butternut, acorn, delicate.. all come around in the fall and they are amazing. Also, Apple and pumpkin spice ERRYTHANG. Apple crisp, apple pie, apple cider donuts. Apples hurt my stomach but I’m into them. Oh well. Then there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin seeds. Not too sure how my tum reacts to pumpkin yet. We shall see. Honestly anything apple or pumpkin I’m down for. Don’t be surprised if those flavs pop up on my feed a lot 😉 The “fall spices” are just my fav too – cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.. catch me putting those on everything this season.
The scent – Yea, fall has a “scent”. The crisp fall air has a certain smell I 100% dig it. Also, pumpkin candles FTW. I have a pumpkin vanilla latte one.. smells so good I could eat it. And the aromas of the fall spices are so comforting and cozy. Can a smell be cozy? Bc I think yes. And uhhh have you ever smelt an apple pie or pumpkin bread baking in the oven? Even roasting my veggies with fall spices makes my whole house smell drool worthy.
The weather – I’m a huge fan of the heat. But I’m also a huge fan of long sleeves, leggings, and sweatshirts. The heat doesn’t really allow for that huh. Fall is not too hot, not too cold (usually, but with New England you never know). Perfect weather for flannels, leggings, and cute boots while I sip on my hot pumpkin spice latte. Basic? IDC!
The ACTIVITIES!!! – Fall activities are my freaking FAV you guys. Fall hikes. Leaf peeping (aka checkin out dat foliage). Pumpkin carving. Apple picking. Fall walks. Returning from chilly fall walks and sipping hot coffee. Halloween movies. HALLOWEEKEND – because in college, it’s halloween is a whole weekend long no matter what day it’s actually on. And every halloweekend I go a *lil* too hard. Even though I’m a #HEALTHFOODIE I still like to have my fun. And this year will be no different betches.
I even made a whole “Fall Bucket List” of all the things I plan to do this fall.
So… if you didn’t already catch on. I FREAKING LOVE FALL. The second september 1st hit, I was breaking out my boots and flannels, and all things pumpkin.
But, you guys didn’t come here to learn about my fall obsession – I could go on for daaayyyz – so let’s get back to the real reason your here.
These fall balls to be more specific. They really do taste like fall in a ball, and I couldn’t think of another name, so “fall balls” stuck! I have seen so many fall recipes that call for pumpkin – but I can’t have canned pumpkin on SCD, so after thinking for a while of what a perfect substitute would be, I realized… BUTTERNUT SQUASH! It may sound strange, but the squash really adds to the texture and the sweet taste of these little treats!
I came up with the recipe a few days ago, and you should see the stash of balls I now have in my freezer. They are delicious. Nutritious. And super easy to make. What could be better?!
*Recipe requires a food processor*
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup almonds *see notes
- 1/2 cup butternut squash** see notes
- 3 TBS almond butter
- 2 TBS coconut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut shreds (can omit but I like them better with these)
- 3 – 4 dates or 1 tbs maple syrup (more or less depending on desired sweetness)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash allspice
- himalayan pink salt or sea salt
- 3ish tbs almond milk (water will work. just to get things moving when combining – may need more or less).
*Instead of using two types of nuts, you can also do 1 cup just pecans or just almonds.
**The butternut squash must be steamed beforehand. Or anything else that will make it tender. I have been using previously steamed then frozen butternut squash and microwaving it for a few secs.
***Pumpkin may work as well, in place of the squash, but I haven’t tried that. If you do try that, you may want to reduce the amount used.
- Steam the butternut squash. I do not have a steamer – click here to see how I steam (I use method one). You can also just sauté it for a little or roast. Anything to just soften it and make it tender.
- Add nuts to food processor and pulse for a minute.
- Add all other ingredients and pulse in food processor until combined
- Transfer dough to bowl and put in fridge for 10 mins (just makes it easier to roll into balls)
- Take dough and roll into balls.
- Store in fridge or freezer (will last longer in freezer. I keep all of mine in there).
Sorry that this post turned into me rambling about how much I love Fall 😉 These FALL BALLZ really do deserve all the attention. I hope you make em and I hope you LOVE EM!
As always, tag me on Instagram if you do!! @actually_alexandra
HAPPY FALLLLLL!! 🙂