Pumpkin energy balls are delicious vegan snacks to refuel after a work out 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 contains lots of nutrients, fiber and protein to keep you full and energized.
A a one bowl 5 minutes recipe
Those pumpkin energy bites are the fastest to make. All you need is 5 minutes, a food processor and few simple ingredients. Let’s see what you need to prepare those nutrient dense energy bites.
- Pumpkin puree – you can use fresh or canned puree, if canned make sure it is 100% natural, no additives
- 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 in 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 for longer place the balls in an airtight container in the fridge. They will store 2 weeks. Also, note that it is better to coat the balls just before serving. Those 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 those post or pre work out as a quick fuel. Another great idea is to serve those as an afternoon tea snack with a cup of coffee or as a bite size dessert.
More vegan snacks recipe
If you love easy no bake snacks I recommend you also try those recipe
- No bake brownies – a melt in your mouth brownies without dates and low in carbs
- No bake peanut butter cookies – easy 3 ingredient no bake vegan cookies
Watch the recipe video on Youtube and see how easy those energy balls are to make !
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
- 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 form a paste but you still have bites of nuts and seeds. Stop the food processor and add the rolled oat, process again to combine all the ingredients until a sticky dough form. If too sticky, add 1 tablespoon extra rolled oats at a time up to 3 tablespoons. This shouldn't happen except if you soak the dates, didn't drain 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 your hands palm and place each balls onto a plate covered with parchment paper.
Cinnamon coconut sugar coating - optional
- In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll each balls into the coconut sugar cinnamon mixture to add some crunch and sweetness.
- Otherwise you can roll them into unsweetened desiccated coconut or rolled oats.
- Store up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.