No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

If you are craving your pumpkin spice latte over ice because, despite the onslaught of all things pumpkin on Pinterest, it’s still 85 degrees where you are, I have the perfect fix for you today: No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls.

No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls. Tastes like pumpkin pie! Perfect for healthy snacks, on-the-go breakfasts, or anytime you need a healthy dessert. Vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened. @wellplated

Pumpkin Energy Balls are the Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler you wanted to eat for breakfast last Friday while your family wasn’t watching, transformed into a healthy bite you can happily gobble anytime of day.

These Pumpkin Energy Balls taste like morsels of pumpkin pie, take less than 15 minutes to prep, and are so wholesome, even the training staff at my gym (the latest recipients of my healthy treats) approved!

No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites. The perfect healthy snack and breakfast! @wellplated

Today’s recipe magic happens entirely in the food processor. Dates are the main source of sweetness, and they also help to “glue” the Pumpkin Energy Balls together. Since pumpkin isn’t very sweet on its own, I added a touch of maple syrup, too; its cozy flavor always reminds me of fall. Oatmeal and chia seeds make an appearance, and if you have a bag of flaxseeds you’ve been trying to figure out how to use, feel free to add them too.

Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls. Tastes like pumpkin pie! @wellplated

For a touch of richness and more fall-ness, I added toasted pecans, which provide protein and healthy fats, and seem to be the ingredient that really makes these energy bites taste like pumpkin pie. A generous pinch (or four) of pumpkin spices like cinnamon and ginger give the Pumpkin Energy Balls warmth and that classic pumpkin taste I suspect had you craving them in the first place.

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls. Tastes like pumpkin pie! The perfect healthy snack and on-the-go breakfast. @wellplated

This Pumpkin Energy Ball recipe calls for 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, so it’s a great way to polish off any leftover canned pumpkin you have on hand from any of these recipes. You can double the batch to use up a bit more if you like, then stash the extras in the freezer, where they will last several months.

Leave the oven off, your taste buds on, and let this healthy Pumpkin Energy Ball recipe keep you happy all fall!

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No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

Pumpkin Energy Balls. Healthy no bake energy bites made with pumpkin, oatmeal, and all of your favorite warm spices. Perfect for breakfasts and snacks!

Yield: about 12 balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes (includes chill time)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted Mejool dates (about 8 ounces or 10-12 large dates)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled or quick oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, plus additional 1-3 teaspoons as desired
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed meal
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or swap: 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavor or maple extract (optional but delicious—I also love it in these pumpkin scones)
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. If the dates are dry or hard, let soak in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain and pat dry. Transfer the dates to a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until the dates are in small pieces and form a sticky ball.
  2. Add the oats, pecans, pumpkin, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, maple extract (if using), and salt. Pulse to combine. The oats and nuts should be in small pieces of roughly the same size, but not completely smooth. Taste and add 1-3 teaspoons additional maple syrup if you desire a sweeter mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. With a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop the mixture then roll it into balls. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months. If the balls are frozen, there is no need to let thaw—just eat immediately, or let them sit a few minutes to warm up if desired.
  • These Pumpkin Energy Balls can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 2 months. You can eat the balls immediately from the freezer, or let them warm up a bit if you prefer.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 12)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 75
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 12mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Protein: 2g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

32 comments

  1. I love having energy balls on hand!  These look PERFECT for this time of year when it really is too hot for all the fall things (tried to make soup earlier this week and was sweating the entire time I was eating it!!)  Love the combo of pumpkin and pecan :)

  2. I have a recipe just like this one on my blog and it’s one of those that I actually make over and over again- your version looks incredible and I love all the awesome and varied protein sources you put in these bites!

  3. I love having snacks like this on hand for when hunger hits! I need to try these soon!

  4. I love how these satisify the fall/pumpkin craving while still being perfect for the last of our hot summer days!

  5. These are on the menu for the weekend. You recipes are all favorites in our house and because we love all things pumpkin, these are sure to be a hit! Thanks for rocking the health eats world!

  6. These sound amazing. I will not wait for leftover purée. I think these deserve a freshly opened can! 

  7. These energy balls look just perfect! Love the color the pumpkin puree gives them!

  8. Pecans and pumpkin, my favorite flavors of fall! These look like perfection, Erin!

  9. Erin: They came out great, and so easy!   FYI: I used 10 dates/1 cup, and that was 5.5 oz and used ground flax.  Next time I think I’ll experiment and use less ground cloves.  Used 1TBL grade B maple.  Thanks for the fabulous recipe.  

  10. These pumpkin energy bites look absolutely irresistible! Love that you used toasted pecans – my favorite thing ever :)

  11. Ok, so I would love these right now. My first task tomorrow morning is to go buy the ingredients and make these for snack time. My taste testers will be happy. They thank you in advance :)

  12. My baking/cooking time is limited, so I’m in the habit of doubling all recipes and freezing any leftovers. Doubling this one proved difficult for my mid-sized food processor (the batter is quite sticky). Next time I won’t double or will pull out our industrial-sized food processor that is in storage. I am one of those people who love all things pumpkin, all year, so bring on the pumpkin recipes, Erin!

    • Thanks for the heads up about doubling Lisa! I think a larger food processor should do the trick. I love all things pumpkin too, and I have a few more in store, so I’m glad to know that you are ready :-)

  13. These are very delicious! Even right out of the freezer :) I had trouble getting everything to mix together well in the food processor due to the dates being so sticky so everything ended up being in finer pieces, but they still tasted amazing! I added more pumpkin puree than the recipe called for.

  14. Can you use regular dates in place of the medjool? 

    • Hi Meaghan! I’ve never tried making energy balls with other dates besides Mejool, so I’m not sure how they would turn out. You can definitely feel free to experiment though, and if you do try the swap, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  15. I made half the recipe and used packaged “chopped dates.” I completely missed the step about soaking the dates first, I just mixed everything in my food processor. I had no problem with the mixture being too sticky, it processed uniformly and I drizzled in 2 tablespoons of water to bring it all together after processing the ingredients. I used toasted walnuts rather than pecans due to an allergy, and added both chia seeds and flax seed meal. I also formed the dough into a brick before chilling and used a dough scraper to cut squares before rolling the balls, instead of a scoop. They are delicious!

  16. Erin, I feel like such a fangirl but I have to rave about this recipe too! I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and one of my New Years resolutions was to find healthy ways to enjoy sweets and cut down on the added sugar in my diet, and this totally fit the bill! They taste just like pumpkin pie! I personally can eat them as a dessert and feel totally satisfied, even more so since I’m eating so many nutritious things at once. Can’t thank you enough!

    • Thank you so much, Annie! I’m so happy you were able to find a recipe that fits in perfectly with your resolutions! I really appreciate your kind words! :)

  17. I don’t have a food processor. Can I use my Nutri blender that I use for my smoothies? Thanks

    • Eileen, I’ve never tried, but I think for most blenders, it would get pretty sticky and the ingredients wouldn’t blend well. It’s helpful to have the wider base of a food processor. You could maybe try experimenting with half the amount of the recipe, but since I’ve never tried, I’m afraid I can’t speak from experience.

  18. These look so delicious! I crave pumpkin in the fall, but it is difficult to find anywhere but in dessert. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks!

  19. I can’t wait to try this! I bet the dates go really well with the pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!

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