Pumpkin Energy Balls

These Pumpkin Energy Balls are loaded with healthy fats and lots of protein! I added REAL pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, pepitas, nut butter and oats. They make the perfect pre-workout snack or breakfast and are great on the go!

For more easy, energy packed snacks try my Cranberry & Chocolate Energy Bites and my Peanut Butter Protein Balls!

Pumpkin balls with oats and nuts piled in a white bowl.

Easy Pumpkin Energy Balls

Every fall season, I am fully on board the pumpkin wagon. I am a fan of all things pumpkin! And with pumpkin being so abundant during this season, it is an easy ingredient to incorporate into recipes.

Adding pumpkin to recipes increases the nutrient value, adds so much moisture and saves on some of the calories. It’s a win win all around!

I crafted these Pumpkin Energy Balls for a sweet, pumpkin spice flavored bite that is healthy and satisfying. With October being filled with Halloween candy, it is important to also have nutritious and filling sweet options! Plus, these little snacks are so easy to whip up and require no baking at all.

Ingredients for energy balls in a white bowl.

What you’ll need:

  • Oats: Oats serve as the base of these energy balls and provide some complex carbohydrates. Old fashioned oats or rolled oats work just fine!
  • Ground Flax Seed: Packed with omega-3’s, fiber and protein, ground flax seed is a great addition to these snacks! You can also use whole flax seed for added crunch and texture. If you don’t have flax seed substitute with more oats or hemp seed or chia seed.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: Gives these pumpkin energy balls tons of fall flavor. Use store-bought or make your own by combining cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter: Is the binder for these energy balls. They also add so much protein and healthy fats to these energy bites. Any nut butter will work!
  • Vanilla: Add some vanilla for flavor.
  • Pecans: Give the balls a nice crunch and texture. You could also use walnuts, pine nuts or almonds.
  • Maple Syrup: Adds sweetness and also helps to hold the balls together. These energy balls are not overly sweet by any means. Feel free to add more maple syrup, agave or honey to taste.
  • Pepitas: Pepitas are the inner part of a pumpkin seed, and are delicious in these energy balls! You can buy pepitas at your local grocery store where you find other nuts or online here.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Gives these pumpkin energy balls added nutrients and allowed me to cut back on the normal amount of peanut butter I add to my energy bites. Therefore lowering the calories and fat!

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How to Make Pumpkin Energy Balls

  • Combine Ingredients: Add all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Assemble: Form 16 energy balls by rolling the mixture in your hands to form a ball. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week, or freeze for up to 2 months!

Pumpkin balls lined up on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Tips for the Best No Bake Energy Balls

No pumpkin pie spice on hand?

No problem! Just add some ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Can I use another sweetener?

If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, you can use honey or agave to sweeten your pumpkin energy balls.

If the mixture is difficult to roll

Try chilling it in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It will harden up a little bit so that you can roll the balls more easily!

Add some chocolate!

If you have a sweet tooth, add some chocolate chips to the mix.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are These Pumpkin Energy Balls Gluten Free?

As long as you ensure that your oats are certified gluten free, then these energy balls are gluten free and vegan!

Can I freeze these energy balls?

Yes you can definitely freeze these! First, put them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and freeze them for 1-2 hours. Then, place them in an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to three months.

Can I swap Peanut Butter for Another Nut Butter?

Absolutely! You can try swapping peanut butter for almond butter or your favorite nut butter. Most nut butters are going go great with the ingredients in this recipe.

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More Easy Snack Ideas to Try

Pumpkin Energy Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 balls

These Pumpkin Energy Balls are loaded with healthy fats and lots of protein! I added REAL pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, pepitas, nut butter and oats. They make the perfect pre-workout snack or breakfast and are great on the go!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

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  • Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Portion into 16 balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.001g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 796IU16%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Snacks, Pumpkin Energy Balls

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