These would be a perfect little treat for a school lunch or at work lunch. Excellent idea for a party too.
If you do not have a blender like a Vitamix, a food processor will work just as well. If you do use a Vitamix, it would probably be best to let the date dough sit in the fridge to chill a bit.
Let's get to it. Here is what you will need.
30 Mariani pitted dates or about 15 Medjool pitted dates
1/3 cup pumpkin
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of almond meal
1 tbsp water
Chopped pecans for rolling. You can also use some very finely shredded coconut or even some almond meal. They are all delicious. I bet even graham cracker crumbs would be great too.
Toss everything into your blender or processor except for the pecans, coconut and additional almond meal. Or, whatever you decide to roll the balls in. Blend until nice and smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and let it chill out in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
If you have a cookie scoop, now is the perfect time to use it. Scoop of the date mix and plop it in to one of preferred coverings. Roll it around in the pecans and you are done. The perfect fall treat. And the cookie scoop makes the perfect size.
If you do not have a cookie scoop, roll about a tablespoon of the date mix into a ball then toss around in the pecans. Enjoy.