Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

[Perfect as a holiday dessert or snack, you’ll want to keep a constant stock of these Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles around! Even better, they’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

vegan, sugarfree, candida pumpkin cookie dough truffles recipe

As anyone who knows me can attest, I’m, ahem, not the biggest fan of winter. (What? My incessant griping about cooler temperatures, constant whinging about having to don gloves and a scarf in OCTOBER, stomping of feet each time I walk The Girls outdoors, and unrepentant sobs when I spy the first errant flakes of snow descending through the skies–somehow tipped you off?).

I must say, however, the one aspect I do adore about the autumn season is the gorgeous array of winter squashes. Browse through any farmers market or produce section and you’ll encounter every hue of orange, rust and gold, in every shape conceivable.

Long-necked butternut (plus the recent mini honeynuts!); scalloped acorn; long, elegant delicata; stout-yet-oh-so-sweet kabocha; versatile spaghetti; cute as a button sweet dumpling; and, of course, every variety of pumpkin, from sugar pie to red kuri to the ghostly white–I just love ’em all.

And now that we’re in the thick of PSS (Pumpkin Spice Season)–well, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create something spectacular to showcase the classic pumpkin flavor. 

candida diet pumpkin spice cookie dough truffles on rickiheller.com

Up until this year, if you wanted to enjoy pumpkin spice in your sweet treats, you had to either purchase prepared products full of sugar, or mix up your own pumpkin spice seasoning and sweeten with your own refined sugar-free sweeteners.

That’s why I was so excited to learn that NuNaturals came out with a Pumpkin Spice Syrup! Wahoo!

As y’all know, NuNaturals is my very favorite brand of stevia and all things sugar-free. (I’ve talked about some of their other products here and here and here).  And this Pumpkin Spice Syrup is a game-changer.

Like any excellent flavored syrup, the Pumpkin Spice  is perfect squirted into your pumpkin spice latte, added to your morning cereal, mixed into your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, used to spice up your weekend pancakes, or just about anywhere else your imagination can take you.

And, of course, it’s ideal for anyone on an anti-candida diet or other sugar-free eating plan. 

After enjoying the syrup over pancakes, waffles, breakfast porridge, lattes and a variety of pumpkin-based baked goods, I finally settled on the recipe for these crazy-good truffles, which combined my love of chocolate chip cookies (okay, let’s be honest: chocolate chip cookie dough) and pumpkin spice. Sort of like these truffles, but upgraded.

The result was nothing short of spectacular.

sugarfree pumpkin spice cookie dough chocolate cups recipe on rickiheller.com

[Or use the dough in chocolate cups, like these.]

The filling for these truffles mixes up incredibly quickly, so you can have them on hand for your Thanksgiving feast, or just to have a batch in the house throughout the holiday season. For a quicker version, make them into chocolate dough-filled cups (pictured above) instead. Either way, everyone will adore these confections.

Park me in front of the fireplace, hand me a plate of these Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles, and I’ll be happy to cozy up and actually enjoy the cool weather. (Take that, winter!).

Yep, I think I’ll be just fine this season, as long as I can enjoy these little morsels of bliss.

vegan, sugarfree, grainfree pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookie dough truffles on rickiheller.com

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  1. These look so good, Ricki! I think they might end up on my Thanksgiving menu!

  2. These truffles look amazing! I definitely want to try NuNaturals stevia, too.

  3. These are gorgeous!

  4. These look so incredibly good, Ricki! …and pumpkin spice cookie dough balls??? Brilliant idea!

  5. These look so good! I am going to make them for the kids and I’ll bet they love them. Gotta find that Pumpkin Spice Syrup!

    • I bet they’ll love them, Wendy! By hubby went crazy for them and he doesn’t even like pumpkin!! I think the syrup is available all over the place–from their site and also on amazon, too. 🙂

  6. Oh wow! I’m obsessed with truffles and def need to make these!!

  7. Oh my goodness, I had no idea they had so many products now! NuNaturals is my go-to stevia brand, and now I’ll have to find some of these other goodies, too. And definitely making those truffles – yum!!

  8. These sound amazing, Ricki! Would I be able to have these even if I can’t have fruit due to systemic candida?

    • Theresa, there’s no fruit in these, so I assume they’d be fine as long as you can have pumpkin (although pumpkin is technically a fruit, I don’t think most people think of it that way?). I consider them fine for stage one. Some people can’t tolerate the chocolate, in which case I’d suggest unsweetened carob chips or homemade chips. Of course, I can’t say whether you personally would do well with these or not–you’d need to check with your healthcare practitioner or the person who’s treating your candida. But I personally was fine with both pumpkin and cacao in stage one. 🙂

  9. These. Are. Perfection. Seriously, I mean PUMPKIN AND COOKIE DOUGH!? This is what dreams are made of right here.

  10. I feel the same way about winter. I’m not a fan at all. But these sweet truffles would take the edge off, especially with a hot cup of coffee or tea to go with them!

  11. Perfect as a holiday dessert or snack!

  12. Hi Ricki! Regarding this recipe, I would like to know if the cashew butter may be replaced with almond butter?
    And in general, a BIG THANK YOU for all your work! Your recipes are amazing, you are a magician in the kitchen.

    • Hi Alina! Yes, you can use almond butter, but just note that it has a more distinct flavor than cashew, so the truffles may taste like pumpkin-almond truffles. 😉 And thank you so much for the beautiful compliment–I am so glad the recipes have been helpful for you! 😀


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