Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls
If you read food blogs, you have probably seen energy balls (truffles) recipes on many blogs. I guess it is time for me to share a recipe of this kind.
I had an open can of pumpkin pure, which I used in another recipe and I decided to use it to make a quick snack. And it did work! They turned healthy, chocolaty and gluten free. I added some Medjool dates, which are an excellent healthy sweetener, rolled oats for fiber, chia seeds, rich in fiber and protein and of course pumpkin pie spice, to make them more delicious and flavorful. Not to forgot – pepitas, which are rich in magnesium. To bring some more sweetness I added some agave nectar, the amount used just depends on how sweet you would like them. And these energy balls can’t get better than that- I also added semi-sweet chocolate chips, so they even look like dessert.
These are good for a mid morning snack, can help boost your energy in the afternoon and great if you need a light evening dessert, but don’t want to consume a 800 calorie one! I usually have them after a workout of late at night, when I know no other food is allowed!
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Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup pumpkin pure — (not pie filling)
- 4 Medjool dates pitted
- 1/4 cup pepitas — (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp agave nectar — (Maple syrup can be substituted, the amount depends on the sweetness you prefer)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
Combine dates, 1/2 cup oats and coconut oil and process in a food processor until finely chopped.
Transfer to a bowl and add pumpkin pure, chia seeds, remaining oats, pepitas, agave nectar and pumpkin pie spice and mix until incorporated. Add in chocolate chips.
!Optional! You can wrap bowl with plastic wrap and chill mixture for 1 hour, to make it easier to work with.
Roll mixture into balls. You can use a small cookie or ice cream scoop to make energy balls the same size. Lin over parchment paper or Silpat.
Store balls in air tight container of a zip lock bag in the refrigerator.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 103, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 75mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin A: 1600%, Vitamin C: 0.4%, Calcium: 19%, Iron: 0.7%
SO HEALTHY! I love these, I totally need to try them YUMMM pinning these babies 😉
Thanks for pinning Michele! These turned into a healthy fall snack 🙂
These energy balls look amazing! I love that you used dates and pepitas in here. I actually made pumpkin bites too, although I love your variation on these. Looks like the perfect healthy snack food! Pinned!
Thanks Gayle! I’m even surprised how much I liked these 🙂
YES! I need these. I crave a sweet treat daily and it would be so much better for me to pop one of these in my mouth than a muffin. WINNING.
Thanks Joanne! I agree, although I love muffins these are a great and healthier substitute!
Seasonal and delicious! That’s how I like to eat my energy! These look really good.
YUM!! These look SO good!! I love what you said about enjoying them for a healthy dessert! I’m all about that life!! Great recipe girly! Looks so perf for fall… and it’s healthy! So… WIN-WIN!
I’m glad you like them Cailee! It is your king of recipe 🙂
Yay for more pumpkin recipes. I love how healthy these are too.
I’m glad you like them Dannii!
See – this is why I follow your blog. You make healthy food INTERESTING and FUN which I am completely incapable of. I am glad there are people like you in this world! Thanks Mira, you’re a legend! Pinning! 🙂
Thanks so much for the nice comments and pinning Nagi! Of course I like sharing healthier recipes, but still with widely available and affordable ingredients! And always trying to make them interesting!
Oh my – yum! They look so perfectly rounded. The chocolate chips inside just look <3 Great recipe! Pinned 🙂
Thanks for pinning Tash!
I am a big snacker 🙂 so these energy balls are perfect. Hopefully I get my daughter to give them a try too. So happy I discovered your blog. I am always looking for healthy dishes.
Thanks so much Oana! I’m also glad I found your blog 🙂
What a wonderful idea! I’ve been trying to broaden my healthy snack cache and this recipe looks perfect! Love the addition of chocolate chips – you gotta have a little chocolate in a good snack 😉
Thanks Kathleen! I think the chocolate makes them more delicious!
These would be great pre or post workout. They look so good.
Thanks Janette 🙂
Yum! Those look like the perfect healthy snack. I love the fall flavor combo! Pinned 🙂
Thanks for pinning Ashley!
I love energy bites, they’re so great to just grab and go! Love that these have pumpkin too. Gorgeous pictures!
Thanks Danielle! These are so easy to make and great if you like pumpkin!
Yum I love energy bites! They’re the perfect pre-workout snack. These pumpkin spice ones sound so delicious!!
Thanks so much Rachel!
I have to admit that I’ve never made energy balls before, but these ones look awesome and I’m loving the chocolate chips and pumpkin spice! I need to start making these for some healthy snacks to bring to work!
I really hope you like them, and chocolate makes the taste like a real dessert 🙂
These look like the perfect Pumpkin on the go snack! Love love love it! Pinned onto my pumpkin board 🙂
Thanks Ceara! I’m glad you liked and pinned these 🙂
I’ve seen other energy balls on the Internet, but not pumpkin flavored ones which makes yours very special =) Pumpkin is the Best flavor ever. I love how you sweeten with medjool dates and agave nector, I’m getting into the healthy sweetener scene. No sugar for me, but I’ve been feeling deprived and need a healthy alternative!!! And unlike caffeine, these give you an afternoon pick-me-up minus the slump that comes after the caffeine!!!!
Thanks Laura! Honestly, I was not planning on sharing these on my blog (that’s why I did not take a lot of pictures), but it is pumpkin season and they are a great and healthy snack alternative 🙂
looks super delicious…love that it is so healthy 🙂 Pinned!
So I tried to make pumpkin energy balls and mine turned out terrible! Your version is so much better! I didn’t use dates, that is such a smart idea! I am going to try a redo your way! 🙂
Annie, Medjool dates always work for this kind of balls (bites) , they bring sweetness and stickiness.
Wow, these are definitely the healthiest little snack I’ve seen lately! What a genius idea to make something like this with pumpkin!
Thanks Helen! They are great if you like pumpkin!
Beautiful photos! And we are twinning with recipes! Yay for date-sweetened healthy pumpkin treats! 🙂
Hey, we are! I pinned yours and will try it!
Love energy bites,, they’re perfect snacks to have handy. Love these pumpkin ones, they look so tasty! Can’t wait to whip up a batch soon too 🙂
I love thees no-bake treats! So healthful and energy-filled, but still lots of fun fall flavors! You inspire me! 🙂