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Pumpkin Energy Balls


This pumpkin energy ball recipe is made with simple ingredients and naturally sweetened. It comes together in less than 10 minutes for a healthy, on-the-go snack!

Pumpkin Energy Balls
I know 99% of people jump on the pumpkin bandwagon sometime in September. But I just can’t y’all. September is still summer, in my mind. All the way up until October. THEN we can watch scary movies. THEN we can add pumpkin spice creamer to our coffee. THEN we can break out the boots and sweaters. THEN we can put mums on the front porch. THEN we can eat the pumpkin things.

Which brings me to the whole point of today – pumpkin energy balls! I already know you guys love energy balls because this chocolate almond version and this brownie version are two of the most popular recipes on the blog. So what do I do? I give you more of what you want, duh!Inside of Pumpkin Energy Ball Pumpkin Energy Balls
Energy balls are one of my favorite snacks to make because they’re so ridiculously easy. No baking, minimal process, and very little cleanup. Once you’ve made them a couple of times, you might even have the recipe memorized. And that’s magical.

SO. For these specific pumpkin energy balls, we’re tossing into the food processor for a quick spin. Then we’re combining all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then we’re making date paste in the food processor. Then we add pumpkin and maple syrup and pulse to combine. Then we mix it all together and shape it into energy balls!

For snacking. For adding to your morning yogurt bowl. For breakfast along with a smoothie. For a late night treat. For whenever your pumpkin-loving heart desires!

As you all know, I’m a little late to the pumpkin party. Lots of my blogger friends are already waaayyyy ahead of me so I wanted to share some of my favorite recipes they’ve already created!

Pumpkin Spice Blender Pancakes from Hunger Thirst Play
Instant Pot Pumpkin Mac & Cheese from Brita Britnell
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies from Jessica in the Kitchen
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins from Joy Food Sunshine
Healthy Pumpkin Bread from Go Dairy Free
Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread from Our Perfect Palette

Go check out their creations and add them to your pumpkin lineup because fall is just getting started, y’all! Also, make these pumpkin energy balls and leave me a comment telling me what you think. Or tell me your favorite pumpkin recipe. Or your favorite scary movie. Ok. That’s it. I’m done being bossy.


Pumpkin Energy Balls

Pumpkin Energy Balls – EASY energy balls. Made with simple ingredients and no added sugar. Vegan and gluten free!
  • Author: The Fitchen
  • Yield: 9 1x


Dry Ingredients
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup cashews, ground
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Wet Ingredients
1/3 cup medjool dates, pitted
3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons maple syrup


In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Whisk together.
Add dates to food processor and blend until they become a paste.
In a smaller bowl, combine date paste, pumpkin, and maple syrup. Mix until mostly smooth.
Add wet ingredients to dry and use your hands to mix together until well combined. Scoop out the mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time and use your hands to roll it into balls.
Set aside in the refrigerator to chill. Enjoy.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 36mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  • Mike
    January 21, 2018

    Could the pumpkin be substituted with sweet potato? (It’s not pumpkin season here in the southern hemisphere)

    • thefitchen
      January 22, 2018

      Hi Mike! I assume you could sub sweet potato for pumpkin just fine! Let me know how it goes. :)