Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls. My pumpkin pie spice energy balls are clean and delicious. They are loaded with healthy ingredients like rolled oats, fresh pureed pumpkin, almond butter, golden flaxseeds, sprouted pumpkin seeds, and raw honey.
My Pumpkin Spice Energy Ball Recipe is:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Easy to make
WHAT'S IN MY PUMPKIN BALLS RECIPE?
Rolled (old fashioned) oats. I used rolled oats in this energy bite recipe. I haven't tried quick oats yet, but I would think that they would work just as well!
Pumpkin seeds. I used raw sprouted pumpkin seeds. You could substitute in roasted pumpkin seeds, but you won't get as many health benefits from them. Also, watch for added salt. If the pumpkin seeds have salt added to them, skip adding in any extra salt.
Golden Flaxseeds. Or, you can use brown flaxseeds in place. You could also substitute in chia seeds if you like those better. I personally like the texture of flaxseeds better than chia seeds.
Honey or maple syrup. Use raw honey in this recipe because you are not heating it so you can retain all the health benefits of raw honey. If you are vegan, you can easily use maple syrup in place of honey.
Almond Butter. I was going to use peanut butter, but then I thought of how strong of a flavor peanut butter had. So, I went with almond butter which has a more nutty/earthy flavor. Make sure to buy unsalted almond butter. If you have salted almond butter, just skip adding in any sea salt.
Watch out for added salts in your pumpkin seeds and almond butter!
Homemade Pumpkin Puree. I love making homemade pumpkin puree! It is so easy to make and much more fresh than canned pumpkin. If you are going to use canned pumpkin, make sure to look for USDA organic and BPA free cans. BPA can mess with your hormones.
Sea salt. I used just a touch of unrefined pink sea salt in these to help bring out the other flavors.
Pumpkin Pie Spice. What are pumpkin pie spice energy balls without the pumpkin pie spice?! Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. I use a pre-made jar.
PUMPKIN SPICE ENERGY BALLS HEALTH BENEFITS
Pumpkin spice energy bites are loaded with healthy ingredients. Each ingredient adds health benefits!
Gut Healthy. Rolled oats, pumpkin, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of fiber. Your good gut bugs thrive when you feed them a lot of fiber from their natural sources: nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
Hormone Balancing. Not only are these loaded with fiber, which helps to pull excess estrogen out of your body, they have healthy fats and protein! Nuts (and nut butters) and seeds like almond butter, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds are excellent sources of healthy fats. The protein in this pumpkin energy ball recipe comes from the oats, almond butter, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds.
Anti-inflammatory. The top things that reduce inflammation are fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats (starting to see a theme here hehe). These energy balls have high antioxidant (beta carotene) pumpkin, and the healthy fats from above. 🙂 A bonus if you find raw manuka honey, which has powerful antioxidants and has been linked to reducing inflammation in the gut!
Loaded with essential nutrients:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Beta carotene (converted to Vitamin A in your body)
- Vitamin K
- important for bone health and blood clotting.
- Vitamin C
- used for collagen production in the skin & joints.
- necessary for muscle contraction and fluid balance.
- helps with bone health, and protein synthesis
- used in metabolism
- essential in helping make over 300 enzymes
- helps transport red blood cells around the body
- important throughout pregnancy to get oxygen to baby
- used in cell growth & immunity
- important when baby is growing mamas!
- helps iron in red blood cells, also important in immunity
- B Vitamins: B1, B2, B5, B6, Folate
- necessary for brain health & metabolism
- folate is a big one needed for expecting mothers!
- Vitamin E
- used in skin health & is a powerful antioxidant
These are almost like taking a multivitamin! But did you know, your body absorbs and utilizes nutrients best from their natural form versus supplement form. This is because humans have evolved over thousands of years to recognize and absorb nutrients from foods!
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ENERGY BALLS
USE QUALITY INGREDIENTS. The better quality your ingredients, the better your pumpkin balls will taste!
USE FRESH SPICES. Make sure you are using fresh spices in your pumpkin spice energy bites. Don't use spices that have been sitting in your cupboard for years.
REST THE PUMPKIN ENERGY BALL DOUGH FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE ROLLING. This allows time for flaxseeds to soak up the liquid in the batter.
LIGHTLY WET YOUR HANDS TO PREVENT BATTER FROM STICKING. Rub a tiny bit of water on your palms before rolling your pumpkin pie energy balls. This will help keep the dough from sticking to your hands!
Frequently asked questions about my pumpkin spice balls recipe.
ARE PUMPKIN SPICE BALLS OKAY FOR BRAKFAST?
You can totally eat these as pumpkin breakfast bites!
CAN I MAKE PUMPKIN ENERGY BARS INSTEAD OF PUMPKIN ENERGY BALLS?
Yes! Simply press the dough into a square baking dish and cut into bars instead of rolling into balls.
ARE PUMPKIN ENERGY BALLS KETO?
No they are not.
HOW DO I MAKE PUMPKIN COCONUT ENERGY BALLS?
You can add coconut right to your pumpkin dough! Stir in ¼ shredded unsweetened coconut in place of the flax seeds or part of the rolled oats.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE ALMOND BUTTER AND MAKE PUMPKIN TAHINI ENERGY BALLS INSTEAD?
Yes! Substitute tahini in place of almond butter.
Other healthy energy ball recipes you might like:
- Almond Pulp Brownie Bites
- Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Balls
- Reese's Cookie Dough Balls
- Pumpkin Spice Truffles
- Red Velvet Cake Bites
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN SPICE ENERGY BALLS
Pumpkin spice oatmeal energy balls are so easy to make! I love making some kind of energy ball every week to have a healthy snack on hand.
In a medium or large sized mixing bowl, add all of your ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup almond butter, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup flaxseeds, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ⅓ cup raw honey (or maple syrup), and a pinch of sea salt.
You can also add in some mini dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate if you like some of that. 🙂
Stir together to combine completely and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This will allow time for the flaxseeds to soak up excess moisture and make it easier to roll into balls without all the batter sticking to your hands!
Roll into 16-18 evenly sized balls.
HOW TO STORE PUMPKIN SPICE BALLS
My healthy pumpkin spice energy balls need to be stored in the fridge. This is because many of those healthy ingredients have fragile fats that can go bad quickly at room temperature.
Place pumpkin balls in an airtight container. I like to line the bottom of the container with a bit of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking inside. Store them in the fridge, where you can store them for up to a week!
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Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls
- 2 cups rolled (old fashioned) oats
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup almond butter (unsalted) sub cashew butter, tahini, sun butter, or peanut butter
- ¼ cup golden flaxseeds sub hemp seeds or chia seeds
- ¼ cup raw sprouted pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup raw manuka honey vegan sub pure maple syrup
- pinch pink sea salt
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the 2 cups rolled oats, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup almond butter, ¼ cup flaxseeds, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ⅓ cup honey, and a pinch of sea salt.
- Let rest 30 minutes.
- Roll into 16-18 balls.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.