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One dozen pumpkin energy balls with oats and chocolate chips on a snack table with milk.

PUMPKIN ENERGY BALLS


Description

These no-bake pumpkin energy balls will satisfy cravings for pumpkin spice! These small bites are quick and easy to make, and super snackable. They’re also healthy and delicious. 


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup quick cook oats
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds, shelled

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Line a baking sheet or shallow baking dish with parchment paper. Pull out measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a (1-tablespoon) cookie scoop. Plug in a food processor.

  1. Add peanut butter, honey, pumpkin puree, vanilla, rolled oats and pumpkin pie spice to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until ingredients are fully incorporated. 
  2. With a spatula, transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add quick cook oats, mini chocolate chips, and pumpkin seeds. Stir to combine. 
  3. Do a taste test. Add salt as desired. Not only does salt enhance the flavor of chocolate, it can also tamp down sweetness. Stick the bowl in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes so the energy bites will be easier to roll and shape. 
  4. Scoop and form into balls. Line up the pieces on the prepared baking tray. Pop the tray into the freezer for 15 minutes. Transfer pieces to an air-tight container. Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. 

Notes

WHY USE 2 TYPES OF OATS FOR THIS RECIPE? The rolled oats grind into oat flour when processed with the wet ingredients. To maintain texture in the energy bites, we add quick cook oats (these are smaller pieces that are also easier to chew) to the mixture at the end, along with chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds.

TIPS FOR ROLLING AND SHAPING: A metal scoop is the best way to portion out the mixture. Then with lightly damp hands, shape them into balls. Another great option: line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture into an even layer. Freeze 20 minutes, then slice into small energy bars. Wrap and refrigerate.

HOW TO STORE ENERGY BITES: Add them to an air-tight container. Store them in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh and tasty up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, freeze them. Here’s how: line a metal tray with a silicone mat. Arrange balls on the tray leaving room between pieces. Freeze 30 minutes or until solid. Wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap. Add to a zip-top freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month.

  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Chill Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin Energy Balls, Pumpkin Energy Bites, Pumpkin Protein Balls, Pumpkin Snacks, Small Bites