No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

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Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls that are naturally sweetened with dry dates and high in protein! These epic fall protein energy balls are only 111 calories, gluten free and taste like fall – they are great for breakfast, snack or even dessert!

In the mood for Pumpkin Spice? Then these Vegan Pumpkie Pie Bars or this Pumpkin Spice Granola is a must!

a bowl filled with pumpkin energy balls with cranberries

Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

Now you get get your protein AND your fall on all in one bite. 

You can thank me later. (wink wink)

These Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls are loaded with nutrients from ground flax seeds, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, oats and protein powder. Then they are naturally sweetened with dates for one epic healthy bite. Oh and I teach you my trick to ensuring that those energy balls stay together and don’t fall apart!

a bowl filled with no bake pumpkin energy bites

Ingredients you’ll need for this Recipe:

Most, if not all the ingredients for these Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls are in your pantry. Here are the items you’ll need:

  • Regular Oats: I buy Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats. You’ll want to make sure they aren’t quick cooking oats or steel cut oats.
  • Ground Flax Seed: To add some extra protein, fiber and omega-3s to our energy bites.
  • Chia Seeds: Another powerhouse of nutrients, aka a superfood, a little goes a long way!
  • Dates: These are the “sweetener” in our energy balls and also what helps make them “sticky” so they hold together in a ball.
  • Almond Butter: Most of the energy bites I use peanut butter, but with these I wanted the pumpkin flavor to come through so almond butter was the next easy sub to add protein and give a “creamy” factor to these balls. My favorite brand is Maranatha almond butter.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Use the organic kind and also make sure it has nothing added to it.
  • Protein Powder: I use vanilla protein powder which pairs perfectly with these pumpkin spice balls to add the slight hint of vanilla it needs. My favorite brand is Vega Vanilla + Greens Protein Powder
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: This spice is a combine of cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg (sometimes allspice) and is key to giving these balls that pumpkin spice flavor.
  • Water: I know this sounds odd, but trust me it works. I use this method is all my energy balls, it helps make the balls stick and stay together.

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What is Pumpkin Spice?

Pumpkin Spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Basically all the spices you use to flavor pumpkin pie with. 

How to make Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls?

The best part about these pumpkin spice energy balls is that they are made in a food processor! No mixing by hand. Just add everything to the blender or food processor, pulse it and call it a day! Here’s how to make them:

  1. To a food processor add oats, dates, flax, chia seeds, almond butter, pumpkin puree, protein powder and pumpkin pie spice. Pulse until the dates are finely diced and the mixture starts to stick together.
  2. Pour in 1/4 cup of water and pulse some more. You want the mixture to be sticky enough to form balls.
  3. Add pumpkin mixture to a medium bowl. (optional:Add in cranberries, fold together.)
  4. Form into small 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours

a bowl filled with pumpkin energy balls with cranberries in them

How to store Energy Balls?

Even though there is no dairy used in this recipe I store all my energy bites in the refrigerator. I find that they keep longer and I like the slight chill they have from the refrigerator.

How long will Energy Balls keep?

If stored in an air tight container or storage bag in the refrigerator, they will keep up to 5-7 days.

a bowl filled with pumpkin protein balls with cranberries

Energy Ball Variations:

There are all sorts of ways that you can customize this energy bites recipe, so feel free to get creative!  For example, you are welcome to…

  • Turn them into energy bars: Press the mixture firmly into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan, chill, and then slice into energy bars (instead of rolling the mixture into energy balls).
  • Use Maple Syrup: If you like your energy ball a little sweeter, sub the dates for 1/3 cup of maple syrup.
  • Make them Chocolate: To make them more dessert-y we like to add mini chocolate chips to theses energy balls.
  • More Nuts: Add some chopped pecans to these bites for extra protein, fiber and a little more “crunch”.
  • Use different nut or seed butters: I use almond butter in this recipe because it has a milder taste than peanut butter, but you could also use Use cashew butter, sunflower seed butter or any other nut butter.

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No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 15 minutes
  • yield Yield: 16 balls 1x
  • category Category: Snack, Appetizers, Breakfast
  • method Method: No Bake
  • cuisine Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls that are naturally sweetened with dry dates and high in protein! These epic fall protein energy balls are only 111 calories, gluten free and taste like fall – they are great for breakfast, snack or even dessert! 

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of dry dates
  • 1/4 cup of almond butter
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • (optional:) 1/3 cup of dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. To a food processor add oats, dates, flax, chia seeds, almond butter, pumpkin puree, protein powder and pumpkin pie spice. Pulse until the dates are finely diced and the mixture starts to stick together.
  2. Pour in 1/4 cup of water and pulse some more. You want the mixture to be sticky enough to form balls.
  3. Add pumpkin mixture to a medium bowl. (optional:Add in cranberries, fold together.)
  4. Form into small 1″ balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Serve!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 energy bite
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 21 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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30 Responses
  1. swathi

    Krista, Your little man is cute and great helper. Both daddy and he is having fun. Thanks for sharing these no bake pumpkin spice energy bites, it is best for the season. I am going to make it. Glad you joined the Hearth and Soul blog hop, pinning. and tweeting.

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    these look great! i made pumpkin pie balls last fall and they’re my fav no-bake ball so far. love the addition of cranberries in yours!

    1. Krista

      Oh.. thanks so much Lindsay! That means alot coming from you! I guess great minds think alike on the pumpkin ball recipe. They are totally becoming a favorite of mine too. So stinking easy to make and EAT! 🙂

  3. Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    I heart anything pumpkin and healthy! I’ll have to look for the ready made Frusion Go Wild smoothies, it would be great for my older son who starts school now!

  4. Kelly

    Aaaww love that your little man helps you in the kitchen – so so adorable! These energy bites are awesome, perfect way to welcome pumpkin 🙂 They look so tasty and sound perfect for a healthy and nutritious snack! Can’t wait to try them – pinning 🙂

  5. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Such great pictures of your little guy helping whip up these energy bites. It really is never too early to get them in the kitchen and I love that he is making cookies with darts and dominoes 😀 Too cute!!
    These energy bites look delicious and I love these ingredients! I need a batch of these in my house 😀

  6. Mike @TheIronYou

    This post made me smile Krista, especially that picture of your 2 men, it’s just awesome…the little has a great attitude btw, he must be quite the character! 🙂
    And I’m definitely making these energy bites, they look amazing!

    1. Krista

      haha.. thats Mike! 🙂 He is such a character, love him to pieces!

      These energy bites would totally be perfect for after one of your workouts Mike… make em’… now! 🙂

  7. Pat

    What a cute little guy he is and quite the helper in the kitchen! I think these little treats would be perfect for our road-trip snack! Thanks, 🙂

  8. Amanda Paa

    I echo your statement of homemade is the way to go! And how fun to get your little one in the kitchen too. Such a fun experience for both! These pumpkin spice energy bites look perfect for an on the go snack.

    1. Krista

      Love cooking with little man, he just pushes his little stool up and helps me all the time even gets me utensils when I need them. haha. 🙂

      Hope you get a chance to make these Amanda! 🙂

  9. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie

    Yum! Being a new mom, I’m totally looking for energy in any form – and this looks like my new favorite 🙂 Thank you!!!

    1. Krista

      Oh… yeah for new mommies! How old is your little one? Totally remember those early days and that lack of sleep… add in the blogger factor and basically you are a zombie who never sleeps. 🙂 Hope you like these Courtney!

  10. Zainab

    Awww they are too cute together! Your little man is the best kitchen help! Love these energy bites. Just what the season needs to get in the mood 🙂 Hope you are having a great long weekend dear!

    1. Krista

      haha Thanks Zainab… I think they’re pretty cute too. 🙂

      Glad you liked the recipe girl, means alot coming from you! Hope you have a great weekend too sweet friend!

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