A 3 Ingredient Fall Treat

October 13, 2017


a delicious 3 ingredient Fall treat - M Loves M @marmarIf any of you remember, this past January Matthew and I gave up refined sugar for the whole month! It was incredibly tough, especially for me, but it was much needed after a sweets-filled holiday season. I remember we went to our local grocery store though and I found these date balls with pecans. They were refined-sugar free, with just dates as the sweetener, so we got them. They were so delicious and seemed incredibly easy to make. I’ve been so excited to try them this fall and I had to share them with you. These are a 3 ingredient fall treat that I’m sure you’ll love, especially if you’ve given up sugar!

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A 3 Ingredient Fall Treat: Pumpkin Spice Date Balls

Pumpkin Spice Date Balls
Servings: 22 balls
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans divided
  • 16 dates pitted
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix
  1. Put 1/2 cup pecans into a food processor and pulse a few times. This is going to be the topping so you don't want it too fine or too chunky. Put onto a plate and set aside.

  2. Add remaining 1 cup of pecans, dates and spice to food processor and pulse until it becomes soft and malleable.

  3. Roll between hands into balls, and then roll into pecan topping to coat. Store in the fridge or the freezer!


I can’t believe I’m admitting this but Matthew and I are doing another sugar challenge from now until Thanksgiving! Ah it seems so daunting. You all know how much I love love love my cookies, but it’s become a problem. I seriously can’t finish dinner without having something sweet at the end, even if I’m so full. I feel like this will be a good way to reset before the holiday season, because no one is keeping me from my pumpkin pie! We also watched the Fed Up documentary which was really eye-opening. I’d recommend it if any of you are interested. They talk a lot about the hidden sugars in our foods, and also the processed “low fat” products. We try to eat very healthily, but sugar is definitely my weakness! If any of you have any sugar-free/natural sugar recipes to share, let me know!

And if you’re not going sugar-free right now, check out some of my other dessert recipes. I really want to make this pumpkin spice cake again. Or these pumpkin pie trifles…yum!

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks so much for stopping by! I’m headed to Catalina today for a fun little day trip if you want to follow along on Instagram! Also, I’ll be picking my Weekly Instagram Giveaway Winner on Sunday night. Yay!


  • Yum yum yum! If it is as good as it looks, it has to be delicious! 😉

  • Go Mara! You can dot it! I’m not going sugar-free, but I am definitely cutting down.

    Mich x

    • thank you Mich!! so hard to cut down but I know it will be a good thing!

  • These look good. Going to pin them on my Recipes To Make Pinterest board! 🙂

    • yay!! so happy !! I hope you make them and love them!

  • Tahrer

    Love this!!! ♥

    • Thank you Yvonne! They’ve been my favorite sweet treat this week!

  • Yummy I want to make these

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These look amazing! Totally trying them out tomorrow!


    • yay!! I hope you make them and love them. Thanks Paige!!

  • Carrie Colbert

    This looks amazing! I’ll have to try them out


  • These look so delicious! And I love how easy they are! Three ingredients, seriously? That’s like a dream. Definitely gonna try 🙂

    Andrea | Hustle and Hearts

    • right?! The less ingredients the better sometimes 😉

  • isewtoo 2

    I used Medjool dates for these and they were amazing! Thanks for the recipe. To me they tasted like a bite of pumpkin pie but tons sweeter! Definitely have to eat just one very slowly. I have been wanting to watch that documentary Fed Up. Hopefully I can grab my family to watch it with me. My 13 year old has become PMV (pretty much vegan – ha!) after learning about what animal products do to our bodies. I’ve been vegan for about 5 years now, and it is nice to have another one in the house following along besides me and my husband.

    • oh I LOVE that!! Were there any documentaries that you watched together and enjoyed?? Would love to watch with Matthew. I’m pescaterian but eat fish very rarely. So I’d say I’m vegetarian but I rarely have milk (love cheese though!) Did you watch that documentary What the Health? There were some weird claims in there but I LOVED how they exposed how bad processed meats are!

      And glad you liked the date balls!! Thanks for this feedback! They are sweet because of the dates but at least a more natural sugar. I like having a little one after dinner to cure my sweet tooth!

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