Chocolate orange pumpkins

Chocolate orange pumpkins
No tricks here, just delicious Halloween treats! We wanted to come up with a healthy, guilt-free treat that is easy to make (for big people and little people too!) and these chocolate orange pumpkin bites proved to be just the ticket!

These little bites of yum are totally guilt free, really simple to whip up, and you only need 9 ingredients. They’re also great for making with kids too as they’re super fun to decorate, AND as they are made with natural colourings and no refined sugar they won’t send said little people on any crazy sugar highs after eating them.

So what’s not to like? They’re so yummy, you’ll be smiling like these little pumpkins after you’ve tried them, we promise!

Ingredients

For the base

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dates
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

For the icing

  • 1 1/2 small carrots, grated
  • 4 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • zest of 1/2 an orange, grated
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For the decorations

  • 1/4 cup cacao butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Mint leaves for stalks (optional)

To make the base, simply combine the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until they form a sticky, chocolatey mixture. Roll the mixture into little balls and flatten them into little pumpkin shapes (like a little oval shape). Pop them in the freezer to set while you make the icing.

For the icing, add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and whizz until an orange-coloured creamy icing forms. Spoon this onto the bases and pop them back in the freezer while you make the chocolate.

To decorate, melt the cacao butter in a saucepan until it becomes liquid and stir in the cacao powder and maple syrup. Use a cocktail stick or something similar to dip into the chocolate and draw the faces onto the pumpkins. If you’re making little stalks too, cut the mint leaves into thin strips and place them behind the pumpkins to create a stalk effect.

Happy Halloween!

Love, D&H xx

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