Pumpkin Pie Balls

Hi Friends!

Here’s your first pumpkin treat of the year. While hubby was out of town for a few days this week, I spent several nights playing around in the kitchen. These balls were an experiment gone totally right.

Pumpkin Pie Balls

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They taste just like pumpkin pie!

The only thing you need to know about these is that they’re a bit softer than your typical energy balls. They’re much softer than the ones I made with just dates, almonds and peanut butter…but I think it works out well for them because it makes them taste even more like the middle of a pumpkin pie, which is soft! Also, you store these in the freezer and they firm up, but don’t get super hard so you can eat them right after you take them out…no need to let them thaw out at all!

I actually made two batches of these. The first batch was a total experiment and they came out perfectly. After that I made another batch and played around with increasing some of the ingredient quantities. I thought they might firm up a little bit. They didn’t….but they still taste great. I just have a preference for the first batch so that’s the recipe I’m sharing with you!

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Pumpkin Pie Balls
 
A easy, nutritious snack that taste just like pumpkin pie!
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Ingredients
  • ½ c pumpkin seeds (shelled)
  • ¼ c sunflower seeds (shelled)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ c almonds
  • 6 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 c dates (chopped & pitted)
  • ¼ c oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
Instructions
  1. Place the seeds and almonds in a food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add the dates and pumpkin and process well.
  3. Add the oats and spices and pulse several times.
  4. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
  5. Scoop mixture onto saran wrap, form into a ball and freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Form into balls and store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Notes
The second time I made these, I used added the following extra ingredients:
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 c almonds
3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/4 c oats

Still taste great! Play around with the ratios to find a mix you like best!

You could also try using pumpkin pie spice if you'd prefer! The great thing about these is that you can taste as you go and adjust the spices until you get exactly what you're looking for.

 

Pretty simple right? You can also store these in the fridge…I just prefer the freezer.

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Next batch I’ll probably keep the increased amount of seeds and nuts but not add the extra pumpkin or oats. The beauty of snack balls is that every batch can be slightly different icon smile Pumpkin Pie Balls

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Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian 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. YESSS!!! I want in on some pumpkin pie balls, like, yesterday.
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  2. Ahhh, these look so good!! Need to make them soon. So delicious looking and seasonal :)
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  3. It’s def good to keep these in a freezer, or else, they’d be eaten in about 5 seconds. lol
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  4. Okay, we officially share a brain. I made some of my own pumpkin balls last night and JUST enjoyed one right before I read your post! Yours look amazeballs. Literally.
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  5. Yum! I find myself baking some kind of pumpkin treat ALL the time in the fall, so maybe these will be a way to boost the nutrition of the next pumpkin creation :). I bet some nutmeg added in there would make it taste even more “Fall”!
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  6. Thanks for the recipe! Going to make these this weekend :)
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  7. These look so delicious! The perfect Fall time Snack.

  8. These orbs make a wonderful small snack. The size along with the amount of protein make them seem to be perfectly satisfying!
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  9. I want some of these right now!!! They look delicious! :-)
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  10. Oh man these sound fantastic! Awesome recipe!
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  11. yum linz!!! you know i like balls.. i mean bites. ;p
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  12. You had me at “middle of a pumpkin pie.” <3
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  13. Ooo yum!! I love convenient, healthy snacks, and I love pumpkin pie! So this is right up my alley :) Thanks for sharing!
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  14. YUM! Something healthy that tastes like pumpkin pie??! I’ll take it! Thanks for another great recipe :)
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  15. YUM! Something healthy that tastes like pumpkin pie??! I’ll take it! Thanks for another great recipe :)
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  16. These look so yummy!
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  17. YUM! Those sound delicious! I’m not a big pie person but that’s just because of the crust (weird, I know!) so these sound like my solution to get all the deliciousness of the pie without the crust. ;)
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  18. Tastes like pumpkin pie? I’m sold! :D I’ll have to make these to tide me over until I can have real pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving next weekend!
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  19. I’m most definitely on board with pumpkin pie in the form of a ball! :) Hmmm…I wonder if I could play with this recipe and make them nut-free? I may have to try it so I can send them to school with my daughter. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
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  20. These look awesome!!! I love all things pumpkin and this looks like something good to have around for a quick snack!

  21. Balls are amazing. Pumpkin flavored balls are even better. :)
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  22. I made pumpkin cookies last night and they turned out really soft too. I didn’t add any wheat flour, and I thought that was the reason, but maybe that’s just how pumpkin bakes! Either way – yum!
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  23. These look so good! Can’t go wrong with anything that even remotely resembles pumpkin pie :-p
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  24. Those look great. I’ve been messing around with a high protein pumpkin bar recipe. Hoping to nail it so I can share.
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  25. YUM!! I was looking forward to you posting this recipe! I can’t wait to try them!
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  26. Perfectly portioned (pumpkin pie) balls! :) Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.
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  27. The recipe I have been waiting for!! :) Pinning now!
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  28. Love the simplicity of this recipe! Will definitely make a batch this weekend so I have a new go-to snack option for the week! :)

  29. I can’t wait to try these! I love pumpkin everything…and I mean everything. Did you think they had enough pumpkin spice flavor with the ingredients or would you say adding even a little of the pumpkin spice seasoning would be good? Too much?

    • I think you could definitely use pumpkin pie seasoning. totally up to you depending on how much flavor you want. Good thing is you can taste as you go and always add more :)

  30. You need to live closer to me… holy delish!
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  31. Lindsay, do you soak your chia seeds first? Someone told me to always soak them first (I guess so they’re not soaking up water inside you?). What’s the RD opinion? (Ps: these look amazing!)

  32. Oh these look fabulous! Can’t wait to make a batch ASAP!
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  33. OMG! I so need a food processor – those look amazing!!!!!

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  34. totally pinned this for later! I’m not a huge pumpkin person, but the combo here sounds amazing!
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  35. You’ve done it again! Yet another fabulous looking recipe. :) Can’t wait to try these out!
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  36. Yum. I’ve never tried chia seeds, what do they taste like? Are they expensive?

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    • they don’t really have a taste. you can just mix them into a lot of things without really tasting them. They also help thicken things like smoothies. They’re a bit expensive but I generally only add 1-2 Tbsp per recipe so they last a while. You can also find them in the bulk bins if you want to just buy a small amount to try them out!

  37. These sound perfect! I cannot wait to try these..gotta keep satisfying my pumpkin cravings! ;)
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  38. These look incredible! Pinned! Can’t wait to try them.

    xx Kait
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  39. Making these tomorrow!
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  40. I love pumpkin pie, so pumpkin pie balls are naturally the next step! yum!
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  41. I’ve been hanging on to pumpkin puree forever so this is a very timely recipe for me. :-D Thanks!
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  42. Woman! You are the recipe queen! Every time I see a new recipe from you I want in NOW! And of course, something pumpkin and healthy? I gotta have it!
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  43. These were a brilliant idea girl!! They look delicious!! :)
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  44. Yum these look delicious!! I wish we had canned pumpkin here so it would be quicker to make these.
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  45. Totally ballin’! I love balls. That is all.
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  46. I’m totally making these for my long run tomorrow! Too perfect and delicious looking! thanks.

  47. I’m allergic to nuts, any suggestions for replacing the almonds with anything else? Thank!

  48. I will def make these!! You think I could do brown rice cereal instead of the oats?
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  49. Just made these and they taste fantastic! This is the second recipe I made from your blog and I love how simple but tasty your recipes are (I’m not much of a cook so I go for easy). I will have to look through your recipes more to pin. Thanks!!!

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