Pumpkin Energy Balls are an amazing way to sneak in a tasty treat, packed with energy. They’re little bite sized snacks that remind us of pumpkin pie and pumpkin lattes.
Seriously, who doesn’t like pumpkin spice? We eat Pumpkin Overnight Oats on the regular. We can’t get enough pumpkin cranberry bread (for breakfast and lunch!). And we’re serving up pumpkin corn muffins with crock pot chili all the time!
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If you’re tired of stocking up on the latest energy bars to help you get through the day, try these pumpkin protein balls instead. This energy balls recipe is easy to make, much like Peanut Butter Energy Balls, costs far less than store-bought energy bars and gives you the boost of energy you need throughout the day. Oh, did I mention that they taste great too?!
What is an Energy Ball?
Energy balls, also known as energy bites, protein balls, or protein bites, are healthy snacks, typically with high protein. They are small and portable, made with healthy and tasty ingredients. They usually have healthy oats, healthy fats, and some flavorings that make them irresistible. You can use gluten-free rolled oats to make them gluten-free.
I add only a small amount of sweetener. If you prefer sweeter energy balls, add more honey. You may need to add more coconut or oats to keep the right consistency.
This pumpkin spice no bake energy bites recipe is perfectly balanced with pumpkin spice flavor, just enough to make you want to eat more than one! These little protein balls are packed full of protein from peanut butter mixed with the goodness of oats and coconut.
How to Make Energy Balls
Making pumpkin energy balls pretty much couldn’t be any easier. Simply:
- Mix wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients.
- Roll into a ball.
That’s it! And, I don’t even roll these into a ball! I use my 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to make perfectly even scoops. I love how they look so much that I leave them just as they come out of the scoop! Sooo, mix, chill and scoop, with no rolling! Check out the 1 1/2 Tablespoon scoops at Amazon. We also use this scoop when making Mini Jalapeno Popper Corn Muffins!
I usually make a double batch of these no bake energy balls because they last for two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. We use them for lunch snacks for the kids (the kids love them!), take them to work or bring them to the lake.
Personally, I like to have a couple in the morning with my coffee to kick start the day! They’re great for pre workout energy. They’re also an awesome snack when you won’t make it to your next meal after your workout or Pilates!
These healthy energy balls are also an excellent dessert treat. If you have a chocolate craving, add some chocolate chips for pumpkin chocolate chip protein balls.
No bake energy balls are also perfect protein supplements for a low carb keto diet. To make pumpkin vegan energy balls, replace the honey with agave or maple syrup.
What Are The Best Protein Supplements?
There are many kinds of protein (animal or plant) supplements. Most protein supplements begin as a powder made from milk, such as whey or casein protein, eggs and high protein plants, such as soy, brown rice, pea or hemp. The most popular protein powder is whey protein. It is made from the milk liquid extract of making cheese curds (as in Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey).
Protein powder is rich in amino acids which are the building blocks for making muscles, repairing injured tissue or recovering sore muscles after a hard workout.
Add protein powder to this protein ball recipe for extra protein. You’d likely need to add more pumpkin puree or honey to keep the consistency. To supercharge the protein content, try dusting the pumpkin energy balls with protein powder before you serve them (another way to get your chocolate fix!). Now you are ready for a good hard workout!
Pumpkin energy balls are fun and easy for kids to make. These no bake protein balls are shaped with an ice cream scoop. Kids LOVE scooping the peanut butter protein balls and placing them on the trays. They also like rolling them into smooth little balls if you prefer the round ball shape. They especially like to clean up the bowl, ice cream scoop, and their fingers!
Pumpkin Energy Balls
- 1 cup peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
- 4 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 Tablespoon honey * (or to taste)
- 1 ½ Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
- 4 Tablespoons coconut
- 4 Tablespoons quick oats
- Mix peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and honey together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add pumpkin pie spice, coconut, and quick oats. Mix well. Chill for 30-60 minutes.
- Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, measure 1 ½ Tablespoons, and roll into balls if desired. If needed, place onto baking sheet and refrigerate until firm.
- Refrigerate for two weeks in an airtight container.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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