Amazeballs flavor variations

I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the world that’s more adorable than a table full of babies in their diapers painting pumpkins.

Pumpkins2

Before Liv was born, I used to have groups of friends over all the time, at least once a week. I love cooking for others and entertaining, but since Liv has been here, the gatherings have been smaller and usually we’ll just meet up somewhere, like the park, library, mall or a restaurant. I really want to start having friend events at the house more often, especially since so many have kids Liv’s age.

Today, the girls fingerpainted some pumpkins for Halloween:

Pumpkins

After taking her first taste of fingerpaint (non-toxic, of course, even though I’m sure I wouldn’t love the ingredients), I finally got her to understand what it was used for.

I used an idea from Young House Love, and we each used painter’s tape to make patterns on the babies’ pumpkins. There was no way an “O” was happening with the tape, so Liv and I did an “L” instead πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin

After helping her add some more to the bottom (so the “L” shape was more distinct) and peeling the tape off:

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First pumpkin

Ta da! Baby’s first pumpkin πŸ™‚ Pretty dang cute.

The girls also played in the grass and crawled through the tube before everyone got a bath and we enjoyed lunch together.

Playing

Baked sweet potatoes (plus pear, avocado and puffs) for the babies, simple salads for the girls (arugula, raw goat cheddar, beets and basil with balsamic and Meyer lemon olive oil), amazeballs and cookies (thank you, Lis!) to snack on.

Snacks

Two new amazeballs flavors, just for the occasion πŸ˜‰

Cranberry Orange

Cranberry ballz 3

-4 T dry ingredients (can be a mix of protein powder, coconut or oats- I used 2 T vanilla protein powder, 2 T coconut)

-2 T nut butter of choice (I used cashew for today’s)

-2 T dried cranberries

-1 t orange zest, squeeze of fresh orange juice

-2 T maple syrup (or other sweetener- Stevia and water is great, honey is verrryyyyy sweet, so be mindful if you decide to roll with that)

-pinch of sea salt

1. Pulse to combine in the food processor

Cranberry ballz

2. Roll into balls.

3. Devour.

Cashew Butter and Jelly

Jelly ballz

-4 T dry ingredients (can be a combo of protein powder, oats and/or coconut- I used 2 T vanilla protein powder, 2 T oats)

-2 T nut butter of choice (I rolled with cashew again)

-2 T jelly or jam in any flavor (strawberry is the standard in our house)

-pinch of sea salt

You know the drill: pulse, roll, eat. πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy!

Are you carving a Halloween pumpkin this year? Find anything on Pinterest you love??

Have you tried amazeballs yet? Here are some other flavor variations, too.

xoxo

Gina

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60 Comments

  1. Kailey on October 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    The new amazeballs look delish! I’ve gotta try em. πŸ™‚

    2 best recent Pinterest finds:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/131589620333622691/ <–Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins-made these for a potluck the other day and have already been asked to bring them to another party! SO good.
    and
    http://pinterest.com/pin/191332684140522114/ <–Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow. puppy chow with cookie butter in it?! I was sold.

    • Kailey on October 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      totally forgot to comment on the super cuteness of Liv and her pumpkin! Love it!

  2. Stephanie on October 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    What a super cute day with baby and friends! I’ve carved pumpkins over years past, but I’m not sure about this year. I pinned your candy corn popcorn and need to give it a try this week!

  3. Leslie W on October 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I finally made ballz! I didn’t have orange so I did lemon. Oh. my. yum!!!! Thanks!

  4. Abby @ Change of Pace on October 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Livi’s pumpkin is adorable! (And that is such a great idea!) I love carving pumpkins and my husband and I have a contest each year. My favourite one we’ve done is of our dog’s face…so cute!
    Thanks for the recipes. I’ll have to pin them and try one out this weekend!

  5. Angie on October 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hm that’s a good idea! Maybe i’ll paint my pumpkin this year instead of carving it!

  6. Sarabell on October 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I love the pumpkin idea! That’s so great!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I can’t wait to have baby playdates someday! I love that pumpkin!!

  8. Ryan Thorr on October 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Great party with healthy food!

  9. Shaina Anderson on October 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Those balls look amazing!! Must make cranberry orange ones pronto.

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 1:01 am

      i’m going to make more tomorrow- they were soooo good πŸ™‚

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 16, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Your new amazeaballs sound…amaze ‘a balls! πŸ™‚

  11. Jess on October 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Looks like such a fun and cute afternoon!!! Love the pumpkin idea!!

  12. Emily on October 16, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Love those little baby feet on the table! …. + add me to the list of people making the orange cranberry balls today! I got ahold of more mesquite yesterday, so might add a little of that in there too.

  13. Bek @ Crave on October 16, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Yay for discounted gym wear- my favourite kind πŸ˜‰ I love that pumpkin idea, and think it’s great that you organised a socialising thing with the bubs and the mums!

  14. Amelia on October 16, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Love the cranberry orange combo! Perfect for fall. πŸ™‚

  15. Torie =) on October 16, 2012 at 6:56 am

    What a great idea for a baby’s first pumpkin! We will definitely be carving a pumpkin this year! I don’t really have the talent or the patience to do anything other than a face, but it’s something that I look forward to every year.

  16. Mallory @ ifgravityhappens on October 16, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Those amazeballs look delicious!!! Your pumpkin party was a great idea I might have to try with my nephew! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  17. Lindsay @ Fit with Farrar on October 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    OMG! Cranberry Orange Amazeballs look FANTASTIC! I can’t wait to make these πŸ™‚

  18. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on October 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

    What a FUN playdate πŸ™‚ Love the paint all over Olivia’s face (I’m sure you did too, haha)
    Cranberry orange sounds delish!

  19. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on October 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Oh gosh this is the cutest little baby party ever! You have such great ideas for bringing moms together to have fun with their babies! I’ll have to remember this when I have a kid. Making some amazeballs today! I want to try your new pumpkin flavor πŸ™‚

  20. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on October 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

    That pic of you and Livi painting the pumpkin are too cute for words!

  21. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on October 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Those pumpkins are such a great idea! I bet the babies had so much fun making them! I love all of your amazeball creations! Cranberry orange sounds fabulous!

  22. Elizabeth on October 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

    where do you get your Meyer Lemon olive oil? In a basic grocery store? Super cute pictures!

  23. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Liv’s quite the artist. I wonder what she’ll come up with for next Halloween. My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and she has a thing for cranberry orange bread – I’m thinking cran-orange amazeballs might be a really fun treat for her!

  24. Rachel on October 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

    awww this is the cutest thing ever! Liv is an artist πŸ˜€

  25. Michele on October 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What kind of food processor do you use? Do you like it? I always try to process stuff in the Vita but then there is always alot of good stuff left at the bottom…

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 11:22 am

      it’s a mini cuisinart from target- i love it. vita is great for blending, but for processing, i like the mini better

  26. Kristi @ lifesprinkles.com on October 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

    what a cute idea! sounds like a really fun day – Liv’s a lucky girl to have a mom who takes the time to make things so special for her! πŸ™‚

    I am loving this idea from Jillian Harris: http://jillianharris.com/blog/post/jillian-harris-diy-design-decorative-pumpkins-for-fall-2012

  27. Stephanie on October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Such a cute idea! I love it.

  28. Beverly Aragon on October 16, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Awww, so fun!

  29. Lena on October 16, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This was the cutest thing ever! The baby pumpkin painting party, not the amazeballs, even though they’re sort of cute as well.

    My fave find on pinterest is pumpkin french toast bake… i already made perf pro pancakes for the week, but I think this is on the agenda for the weekend: http://minimalistbaker.com/pumpkin-french-toast-bake/

  30. Meg on October 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Hey, I’m wondering when you will have a sale on Sun Warrior again, I ran out of vanilla and I replaced it with warrior blend and I DONT like it at all…

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      should be soon- i’ll shout it out on the blog when it happens

  31. Christina on October 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I was wondering, if I don’t have a food processor could I use a magic bullet to pulse the ingredients for the amazeballs?? I really want to try them!

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      i don’t see why not!

  32. Caroline on October 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Just finally got round to making the amazeballs- they’re lovely! And they do taste like cookie dough!

    Even better, my 4yr old saw me eating one, tried it, loved it and took one to eat himself! Got to better for him than a biscuit or a bar of chocolate!

    Thanks

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      haha i love it!!

  33. Laura J. on October 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Love the idea of painting pumpkins instead of carving! And those cranberry orange amazeballs look soo good! Definitely gonna have to give those a try ASAP.

  34. Michelle on October 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I made the cranberry version and they were delicious!!

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      :)!!

  35. Alicia Orozco on October 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Oh baby pumpkin painting is so cute!

  36. Natalie S on October 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What an amazing playdate! The picture with the baby feet is too precious. Cute idea!!

  37. Life's a Bowl on October 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I have all the ingredients for both amazeball recipes- I think I wanna make my first ever batch tonight, they look so stinkin’ good!

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      let me know how they turn out!

  38. Jessica on October 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hey! Do you have a recipe for pumpkin amazeballs? Seems like a tasty combo to try this time of year and considering your love of pumpkin I thought you might have already created this variety? I’m not a great cook/baker so I’d love to try something with instructions!

    Thanks, Jessica

    • Jessica on October 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Geez – I found the recipe for the pumpkin amazeballs! Sorry – you just posted it.
      And I read that post too- my memory is clearly lacking.
      Anyway – I’m up to speed now. Looking forward to trying them! Thanks!

      • Fitnessista on October 18, 2012 at 12:47 am

        let me know what you think!

  39. Alyssa on October 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    So I made the pumpkin amazeballs and can’t wait to make these!!!! I was wondering if you could sub coconut flour for dry ingredients. Honestly, I just bought a bag and am searching for something to do with it! Either way, I can’t want to make these!!!

    ~Alyssa

  40. Annie on November 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I really like the way you’re giving alternative for the ingredient in a recipe.. like the dry ingredient…sometime I need more protein sometime not.. thanks

  41. Kim on November 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Do the amazeballs need to be stored in the fridge? I was hoping to send an amazeball care package: )

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      i do store them in the fridge but don’t think it’s necessary- they should be fine πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on November 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

        i prob wouldn’t ship the pumpkin ones without putting in some ice packs, though

  42. Maria on October 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’ve had these balls pinned since you wrote this post a year ago and I don’t know why in the world I waited so long! Amazeballs (especially those cran orange ones) will be a weekly staple for my food prep πŸ™‚

  43. Meagan on November 25, 2013 at 1:16 am

    How much does this make? I’d have to do it in my Vitamix, which requires a certain amount of stuff to blend up and reach the blades.

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

      do you have a mini food chopper? if not, i’d double it

  44. Zaynab on August 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hey just a question about the first recipe are you using coconut flour? And what protein powder do you recommend? I’m not crazy about trying them (protein powders) if I’m honest with you I like eating fresh and clean but I’ve seen a lot of recipes that use protein powders so thinking to give it a try?!

  45. Katie on July 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Just wanted to pop on here and say that the PB&J Amazeballs never get old! I always make these and they don’t disappoint. I use oats and finely ground peanuts as my dry ingredients, then peanut butter and raspberry jam for the wet. So simple and so tasty! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      so so happy you love them, too!

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