Pumpkin Energy Balls

Hi Friends!

I originally published this recipe almost exactly a year ago and it was a big hit, so I thought I’d re-share in case you missed the recipes! Plus I tried to take some better photos.

Need an afternoon snack? These Pumpkin Energy Balls are the perfect recipe to fuel your workout or power you through the afternoon slump. They're made with simple ingredients like dates, nuts and seeds and no unnecessary fillers.

These Pumpkin Energy Balls are one of my favorite grab and go snacks. I keep them in the freezer and love having them on hand to grab before a workout or when I need a quick afternoon snack.

Here’s how you make them:

4.5 from 4 reviews

Pumpkin Energy Balls
 
An easy grab & go snack that tastes like fall and is packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats for energy.
Author:
Serves: 18-20 balls

Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds (shelled)
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chopped & pitted dates
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger

Instructions
  1. Put the nuts and seeds in a food processor or high-powered blender and pulse several times to chop. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in the food processor and process to chop and mix well.
  3. Add the nut mixture and pulse several times until well combined.
  4. Scoop mixture onto large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap up and squeeze to form large ball.
  5. Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer and roll into bite-sized balls.
  7. Store in the freezer.

Notes
You could substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon and ginger.
If you want to double the recipe, add double the nuts and spices to the processor and chop. Set aside. Add single recipe amounts of remaining ingredients to processor and process to combine. Add half the nut mixture and pulse to combine. Repeat.

 

I almost always double this recipe. I made a double batch two weekends ago to snack on and earlier this week I made another batch to stock the freezer for when baby comes.

Need an afternoon snack? These Pumpkin Energy Balls are the perfect recipe to fuel your workout or power you through the afternoon slump. They're made with simple ingredients like dates, nuts and seeds and no unnecessary fillers.

The easiest thing to do when doubling this recipe is add double the nuts and spices to the processor and chop. Set aside. Add single recipe amounts of remaining ingredients to processor and process to combine. Add half the nut mixture and pulse to combine. Then repeat. If you try to double all the ingredients at once in the processor, i’ve found stuff doesn’t mix as well.

Need an afternoon snack? These Pumpkin Energy Balls are the perfect recipe to fuel your workout or power you through the afternoon slump. They're made with simple ingredients like dates, nuts and seeds and no unnecessary fillers.

Let me know if you try them!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

 

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. I love a good pumpkin anything! I usually make at least one kind of energy ball a week. This is perfect for the season.
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  2. I always like the texture that pumpkin adds to anything. These look good for on the go or at work or something. Thanks for sharing Lindsay!
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  3. Love the simple ingredient list!
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  4. I am loving all things pumpkin right now!

  5. We are on the same wavelength as I made a pumpkin spice energy bar this week. I love that your version uses pumpkin seeds! Great idea!!
    Maryea {happy healthy mama} recently posted..No Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars

  6. you had me at balls! xoxo

  7. I cannot get enough pumpkin these days. Trying them tonight!
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  8. WANT!
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  9. Delicious! I want to start making some energy bite recipes like this and putting them in the freezer as an easy snack for when the babies arrive!
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  10. Delish! We eat a type of energy bite a lot and it definitely needs a fall makeover. Pinned!
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  11. Oh, I’m getting so excited about all the pumpkin recipes coming out now that fall is here! These look amazing, I’ll have to make them.

  12. Yum! these sound so great. I haven’t made much with pumpkin yet this season, but am adding these to the list!
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  13. Just pinned so I can make soon!

  14. Love the ingredients in here! I just made pumpkin muffins and have leftover pumpkin so this would be a perfect way to use it up.
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  15. I just made Pumpkin Cinnamon Gingerbread bites yesterday. Yours sound better than mine!
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  16. I love seeing vegan snacks with pumpkin. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..How I’m Leading a More Minimalistic Life

  17. These look yummy! I love pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!

  18. YUM!! this flavor combo sounds fantastic. pinning!
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  19. These look amazing! going on my must-make-list for this week!
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  20. YUM! Perfect in time for fall :) I like that they include dates, I recently tried them for the first time and they’re a new favorite!
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  21. I think you need to bring back all your older recipes….you have so many stunners in the archives!
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  22. Looks delicious!
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  23. Hurray! They’re vegan! Definitely going to try these.
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  24. Yum! I’m really craving pumpkin everything right now. Love that these are sweetened naturally- my favorite types of indulgences!
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  25. YUM! I’m always looking for a healthy snack, but you added pumpkin!! I will have to try this for sure, I pinned for future reference. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO
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  26. Perfect timing! A friend just dropped off a few dozen Japanese yams aand i was looking for new ideas! I live on date nut balls, so this is an easy tweak up! (An ingredient idea: I buy orange blossom water from the middle eastern market, and i often add a splash of that).
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  27. Pinning this right now. These look insanely delicious (plus, I love anything with pumpkin this time of year). Thanks for sharing–stopping in from SITS Sharefest today and hope you’re enjoying the weekend :)
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  28. I must try this recipe it looks yummy!
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  29. I made them and liked them. The dates add just the right amount of sweetness. Thanks for the healthy recipe!
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  30. These look awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Do you think these are firm enough to hold up in a lunch box?
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  32. Just made them and popped them in the freezer…love the ingredients. Has anyone tried warming them up before eating? If so, how did you do it and did it improve the taste? Thanks!

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