Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls. My pumpkin pie spice energy balls without dates 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 Balls Recipe is:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Easy to make
WHAT'S IN MY PUMPKIN SPICE ENERGY 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.
click here to get my homemade pumpkin puree recipe
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 healthy 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!
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!
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN SPICE ENERGY BALLS
Healthy 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.
STEP 1: MIX PUMPKIN ENERGY BALL DOUGH
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 (optional)
- ¼ cup chia seeds flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup raw honey (or maple syrup)
- 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. 🙂
STEP 2: STIR TOGETHER AND REST 30 MINUTES
Stir together to combine completely and let it rest for about 30 minutes. This will allow time for the flaxseeds or chia seeds to soak up excess moisture and make it easier to roll into balls without all the batter sticking to your hands!
STEP 3: ROLL INTO BALLS
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!
Frequently asked questions about my healthy pumpkin spice balls recipe.
CAN I BAKE ENERGY BALLS INTO COOKIES?
Yes! I recently remade this energy balls recipe and wanted to see what would happen if I baked them into cookies. I flattened each ball on parchment paper, then baked them for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. They were so good and makes a healthy fall breakfast cookie!
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.
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.
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
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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 chia seeds or flax seeds
- ¼ cup raw sprouted pumpkin seeds (unsalted) optional
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup or honey
- pinch pink sea salt
How to make pumpkin spice balls:
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the 2 cups rolled oats, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ¼ cup almond butter, ¼ cup chia or flaxseeds, 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.
How to make pumpkin spice breakfast cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Flatten pumpkin energy balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Pumpkin spice energy balls were originally posted on December 3rd, 2020 and updated with how to video on October, 7th 2022.
Can these be frozen?
I loooove how you made them into breakfast cookies too! I tried these out then baked my go to energy balls into cookies too and they were so good! I never thought to bake energy balls !
Thank you for the tip to let them rest before rolling them! I usually roll them right away and have batter stuck all over my hands! They came out absolutely perfect and my kids love them as their fall after school snack
Are these ok for diabetics?
Yes absolutely! Each ball has about 4 grams of added sugar. Enjoy!