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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- Add oats to a food processor or blender and pulse until it turns into flour.
- 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.
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.
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.
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No Bake Pumpkin Balls
- 1 cup (100g) rolled oats
- ½ cup (120g) pumpkin puree
- ½ cup (125g) peanut butter
- 2-4 tablespoons honey (see note)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (see note)
- 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 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!
- 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.