These easy no-bake pumpkin balls make delicious snacks when you're looking for an energy boost. They're naturally sweetened, full of protein and vitamins, and have plenty of real pumpkin flavor. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up or a healthier dessert option!
These are a great option when you're in a hurry, and they're so simple to make. Each bite contains protein, fiber, vitamin A, and calcium. You'll taste lots of real pumpkin in these, and all those warm pumpkin spices we all love in the colder months.
To make these energy balls you just need about 15 minutes and a few pantry items:
- old fashioned oats
- peanut butter
- pumpkin puree
- maple syrup
- chia seeds
- ground flax
- pumpkin pie spice
See the recipe card below for specific quantities.
To make these pumpkin balls you'll add all of your ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Then, you'll use your hands to roll the mixture into large balls and refrigerate them for about an hour. That's it! Check out the video in the recipe card below if you need a visual example of how I roll these.
Add the ingredients to a large bowl.
Mix to combine well.
Roll the balls and refrigerate.
If peanut butter doesn't work for you, try replacing it with some sunflower butter or another nut butter of choice, such as almond or cashew butter.
Pumpkin balls should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 7 days. To freeze, lay your balls in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid (approximately two hours). Once frozen you can transfer the balls to a freezer-safe container. Enjoy them straight from the freezer or let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes to soften up.
Frequently Asked Questions
These should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Each protein bite contains about 5 grams of protein.
Healthy means something different to everyone, depending on your specific dietary needs. You should always check with your doctor about your specific requirements. That said, these balls contain fiber, protein, potassium, and lots of Vitamin A. They also contain carbohydrates and sugar from maple syrup. For me, these balls help keep me fueled throughout the day, and I get nutrients and monounsaturated fats from the chia and flax. They're also a healthier alternative for me when I'm craving something sweet.
I used smooth, creamy, organic peanut butter to make these.
Yes! Try a seed butter like sunflower butter to make these safe for nut-free zones and school.
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Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Balls
- Add all of your ingredients in to a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into about 18 balls (about 1 ½ tablespoons of mixture per ball). If the mixture sticks to your hands, wet them with a bit of water.
- Cover and refrigerate the balls for at least one hour before enjoying them.