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It’s finally pumpkin spice season! Spa pros can join in on the craze sans guilt with No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites from Laura Fuentes’ blog Laura Fuentes. The autumnal treat eliminates baking mess and swaps sugar, eggs and flour with healthier options—like coconut flakes and pecans or cashews—while maintaining that sweet pumpkin spice flavor, thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. “These no-bake bites are gluten-free, guilt-free and the easiest way to get in that little taste of fall you’ve been craving … all in one bite!” enthuses Fuentes. —Jasmine Brown

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites
Yields 16 bites

1 cup raisins
½ cup pecans or cashews
¹/3 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves

Place raisins in a bowl of hot water, cover and soak for 10 minutes. Drain raisins and add to a food processor with pecans or cashews, and process until they’re finely ground and have formed a paste. Add pumpkin puree, coconut flakes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Pulse until combined. Remove food processor base and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using your hands, make 16 small balls with dough. Refrigerate in an airtight container to store for up to four days, and enjoy.

This story first appeared in the October issue of DAYSPA Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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