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This no-bake pumpkin balls recipe is so easy to make with simple, healthy ingredients, and is oh so delicious! It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack to share with your child.

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No Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

Feeding our children and nourishing ourselves is HARD work! I feel like every time we eat and clean up, I turn around and it’s eating time. Again.

And so my goal here is to provide you with EASY meal (baby and toddler-friendly) as well as snack ideas.

These pumpkin bites are made with simple pantry ingredients and take 10 minutes to make from start to finish, perhaps even less!

It’s also a really great way to use up any leftover canned pumpkin you might have after making other fall-flavored treats, like these healthy pumpkin banana muffins, moist pumpkin bread, 4 ingredient pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin waffles.

Keep in the refrigerator or the freezer and enjoy throughout the week whenever hunger strikes!

And if you are looking for fruit-sweetened energy bites, you have to try these favorite bliss balls, apricot balls, carrot balls, or oatmeal balls!

Ingredients

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  • Rolled oats – I like to purchase in bulk and grind into flour myself (super easy to do) but you can certainly use store-bought oat flour.
  • Pure pumpkin puree- be sure to get 100% canned pumpkin (the only ingredient is pumpkin) and NOT pumpkin pie filling. You can also use homemade pumpkin puree.
  • Smooth peanut butter – feel free to swap with almond butter or seed butter (e.g. pumpkin seed butter or sunflower butter).
  • Honey – or maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Hello warm fall spices! Make your own spice blend or grab it from the store.
  • Chia and ground flaxseeds – a great way to add extra protein, fiber, and healthy fats
  • For older kids, feel free to add some mini chocolate chips.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  1. Add oats to a food processor or blender and pulse until it turns into flour.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour with the rest of the ingredients. Using a mini cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the dough and roll into balls.

Tips for Success

  • Grind oats in a blender or food processor. This will result in a smoother texture, almost like cookie dough. If you want to skip this step, you can use oat flour.
  • If you desire a more chewy texture, use quick oats and simply add to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Adjust sweetness by starting with just 2 tablespoons of honey and adding up to 4 tablespoons to taste. 3 tablespoons is the sweet spot for us.
  • Chia and Flax seeds – I like the combination of both in this recipe. But you can just use one type of seed. I personally recommend chia seeds as they add a nice “pop” of texture.

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Serving Suggestions

These pumpkin energy balls are great for an easy breakfast or snack or whenever you need a little pick-me-up. They are also perfect for school lunch boxes!

Once the balls are refrigerated, they will become firm in texture. I suggest taking it out of the fridge at least 5 minutes prior to make it easier for toddlers to eat.

You can also tear into small pieces if your little one has a hard time chewing.

Storage Suggestions

Shaped balls in a glass container.

Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

You can also make a few batches to have in your freezer for up to 3 months as a quick, healthy snack. Freeze the balls on a baking sheet and once frozen solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag.

More Easy Snack Ideas

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No Bake Pumpkin Balls

This no-bake pumpkin balls recipe is so easy to make with simple, healthy ingredients, and is oh so delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 18 – 20 balls
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (100g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (120g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (125g) peanut butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (see note)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Instructions 

  • Add oats to a food process or blender and grind until it turns into flour. You can also use oat flour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using a spoon shape into small bite sized balls. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Adjust sweetness by starting with just 2 tablespoons of honey and adding up to 4 tablespoons to taste. You can also use maple syrup. Note, NO honey  for under 1!
  • Swap peanut butter with other nut or seed butter, if needed,
  • You can use all chia or ground flax seeds. I personally recommend chia seeds as they add a nice “pop” of texture.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1060IU
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

19 Comments

  1. YUM!, these cups look great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  2. Oh yum, these look so good. And I am always trying to come up with other non-sugar options – I love the raisins blended in with the pumpkin!

  3. For so many reasons, so yummy! Now I just gotta find unsweetened coconut. Where do you find it? PS. I’m snacking on pumpkin seeds now…a testament to my huge snacky-ness too. (:

    1. My local grocery, H.E.B, didn’t have it, but luckily I found it at Sprouts just 10 min away from my house. Pumpkin seed = satisfying snack ;). Munch away hehe