Pumpkin Energy Balls are delicious vegan snacks to refuel after a workout or to simply fix your sweet cravings in the afternoon. They are full of nutrients, refined sugar-free, and add some vegetables to your day!
What are pumpkin energy balls?
They are bite-size snacks made of dates, pumpkin puree, seeds, nuts, and pumpkin spices. They are delicious vegan snacks or bite-size desserts with delicious fall spices flavors. Also, they contain a lot of nutrients, fiber, and protein to keep you full and energized.
A one-bowl 5-minute recipe
These Pumpkin Energy Bites are the fastest to make. All you need is 5 minutes, a food processor, and a few simple ingredients.
Let’s see what you need to prepare these nutrient-dense energy bites.
- Pumpkin puree – you can use fresh or canned puree. If canned, make sure it is 100% natural, with no additives. Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree.
- Dates – pitted Medjool dates work best as they are softer. If you plan to use Deglur dates, you can soak them few minutes in hot water to soften, drain well, and add to the recipe.
- Pumpkin seeds
- Pecan – or walnuts
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Rolled oats – choose gluten-free certified if desired or replace by millet flakes if you are sensitive to oats.
- Chia seeds
How to store energy balls?
Energy balls are vegan raw snacks that store very well at room temperature for 3 days in a cookie jar. However, if you plan to store them longer, place the balls in an airtight container in the fridge.
They will store for 2 weeks. Also, note that it is better to coat the balls just before serving. These pumpkin energy balls are moist and soft, and they absorb the coating fast.
When can I eat pumpkin energy bites?
Those pumpkin truffles are perfect for any occasion. My husband is a runner, and he loves these post- or pre-workout snacks as quick fuel. Another great idea is to serve them as an afternoon tea snack with a cup of coffee or as a bite-size dessert.
More vegan snack recipes
If you love easy no-bake snacks, I recommend trying the following recipes:
- No-bake brownies – a melt-in-your-mouth brownie without dates and low in carbs.
- No-bake peanut butter cookies – easy 3-ingredient no-bake vegan cookies.
I hope you enjoy this vegan snack recipe. If you do, share a picture of your creation with me on Instagram!
Your friend, Carine
Pumpkin Energy Balls
Pumpkin energy bites are delicious vegan snacks to refuel after a workout or snack in the afternoon. They are full of nutrients, refined sugar-free and add some vegetables to your day!
Servings: 16 bites/balls
Calories: 47 kcal
- In a food processor, using the S blade attachment add all the ingredients except the rolled oats.
- Blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until the date forms a paste, but you still have bits of nuts and seeds. Stop the food processor and add the rolled oat. Process again to combine all the ingredients until a sticky dough forms. If too sticky, add up to 3 tablespoons of rolled oats - one at a time. This shouldn't happen except if you have soaked the dates, didn't drain them well and some water is left, or you are using fresh pumpkin puree that is more wet than canned pumpkin puree.
- Roll 16 balls between the palm of your hands and place each ball onto a plate covered with parchment paper.
Cinnamon coconut sugar coating - optional
- In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll each ball into the coconut sugar cinnamon mixture to add some crunchiness and sweetness.
- Otherwise, you can roll them into unsweetened desiccated coconut or rolled oats.
- Store for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Dates: Deglur dates are drier than Medjool dates. I recommend presoaking them for 10 minutes in hot water, drain, squeeze out excess water before adding to the food processor.
Serving: 1bite | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 2.1g | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 1.7g