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.
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 apricot balls!
- 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.
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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.
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.
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
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
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!
Thank you, Megan! Can't wait for you to try!!
athletic avocado says
Oh my goodness! Pumpkin and raisins are my fav! Making this ASAP!
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. (:
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
ellie | fit for the soul says
Oh man I used to snack like crazyyyy! So total of 8-10 times eating a day, but Selah definitely changed things up for me and I rarely think about food--aside from main meals (1 snack) and the fact that I have a food blog, haha! But these look so superkalifrajelisticexpialidocious.....<33
Amy | Club Narwhal says
Min, I'm a crazy snacker, too! Luckily, my favorite snack (popcorn) can be made with slightly healthier options 🙂 These cups look so tasty and perfect for fall! Love that they're GF !
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
Yes you may absolutely tempt me to one of these! Or a dozen. I'm ready to start making fall recipes like these - I just opened my first can of pumpkin tonight!
I've already opened up so many cans of pumpkin it's kinda out of control…not really 😉
I'd be all over these! I think I'll make 'em this week for an after-school snack! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!
Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says
Oh, yum! These look and sound delicious, and really fun to make and eat too 🙂
Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog says
What an amazing fall combo!!! Yum!!! I wish we were neighbors and could share one of these over coffee this afternoon 🙂
Oh how I'd love to have you as my neighbor ;). I think I'd be more productive too haha.
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Wow, look at all those raisins! I love the addition of the peanut butter and pumpkin. These would make the perfect afternoon snack!
It just so happens that I have all the ingredients on hand for these...hmmm I think we both know that I need to try these yummies! I adore raisins and probably eat way too many of them, I have to control myself! What a fun recipe!!
Thanks, Alanna! Love it when that happens - one of the perks of having a well-stocked pantry ;). Can't wait for you to try!!
I've always loved raisins--especially those little boxes I would eat all the time as a kid. I'm sooo craving pumpkin right now, so these healthy little desserts look perfect!
Christie - Food Done Light says
What a wonderful and fun snack. I love all the layers of flavor and healthy ingredients, too.