Pumpkin energy balls- a healthy way to enjoy holiday flavors without compromising on taste. This easy no-bake recipe gets ready in just 10 minutes. If you are looking for healthy fall recipe ideas, this one is perfect for you.
If you want to eat healthily but find it difficult to resist the craving for unhealthy snacking or sweet treats then you must try energy balls also known as energy bites.
They get ready in less than 10 minutes and taste delicious. Also, you can create a lot of different versions of energy bites by adding ingredients of your choice. Their bite size also helps in portion control.
I have already shared a couple of easy energy bite recipes on my blog and today I am sharing the recipe for a holiday season special energy bite- pumpkin energy bites.
If you want to enjoy the flavors of the holiday season in a healthy way then these no-bake pumpkin bites are perfect for you.
What goes in these pumpkin energy balls?
To make these no-bake pumpkin energy balls you will need the ingredients shown below:
Ingredient notes and substitute suggestions
- Rolled oats: Rolled oats give the best texture to energy bites but if you want you can add any other type of oats too.
- Pumpkin puree: Homemade and canned both are fine.
- Pumpkin seeds: Instead of pumpkin seeds you can also use nuts like almonds or walnuts.
- Dried cranberries: They can be substituted with raisins or any other dried fruits and berries.
- Pumpkin spice: You can also use just ground cinnamon and dried ginger powder to flavor these energy balls.
- Peanut butter: Any other nut or seed butter can be used too.
How to make (step-by-step instructions)?
Step 1: Put oats and pumpkin seeds in a food processor
Step 2: Pulse for a few seconds i.e. until they get slightly crushed.
Step 3: Add pumpkin puree, peanut butter, dried cranberries. chia seeds, vanilla extract, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and salt.
Step 4: Pulse until they all get combined.
Step 5: Scoop out around 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll it between your palms to make a ball. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture.
Step 6: Refrigerate for an hour.
Your delicious pumpkin energy balls are ready for snacking!
How to store?
To store, put them in an airtight container for up to a week.
You can also freeze them for 3-4 months. Just thaw them before eating.
Recipe tips and tricks
- The quantity of pumpkin puree may vary depending on the consistency of the puree that you are using. If your mixture is too soft be rolled add more oats or nuts and if it's too dense add more puree.
- If you don't like pumpkin spice, use spices of your choice to flavor these pumpkin balls.
- Instead of making balls, you can also give them the shape of bars and enjoy them as pumpkin energy bars.
- You can also use salted pumpkin seeds in this recipe. If using salted seeds, skip the salt.
- Chocolate lovers may also add cocoa powder and chocolate chips to the mixture.
- Feel free to add other ingredients like flax seeds, desiccated coconut, walnuts, etc in this recipe.
Frequently asked questions
To make pumpkin spice at home mix 4 teaspoons of cinnamon powder, 2 teaspoons of ginger powder, 1 teaspoon of cloves powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg powder, and 1/2 a teaspoon of allspice mix.
I prefer rolled oats because of the texture that they give to energy balls. You can use other varieties too.
More, energy bite recipes
Looking for more energy-bite recipes for healthy snacking? Don't miss checking the following links:
More, easy pumpkin recipes
If you want to try more easy pumpkin recipes to try at home then the following links are worth checking:
- Vegan pumpkin soup
- Savory pumpkin rice casserole
- Pumpkin oatmeal cookies
- Pumpkin oatmeal
- Pumpkin puff pastry with cream cheese
- Vegan chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
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Pumpkin energy balls (no bake recipe)
- Food processor
- Put oats and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds i.e. until they get slightly crushed.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and pulse until they all get well combined.
- Scoop out around 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll between your palms to make a ball. Make more balls with all the remaining mixture.
- Put them on a tray and refrigerate for an hour.
- If you don't have pumpkin spice, use cinnamon powder and dried ginger powder.
- Nuts like walnuts or pecans can also be added.
- If you don't have dried cranberries, use black raisins or regular golden raisins.
- Though rolled oats give the best texture to these energy balls, you can use any type of oats.
- More recipe tips and tricks are given in the post above, please follow them to make this recipe.