Pumpkin oat energy balls are no-bake and gluten-free. This quick snack uses rolled oats, tahini and pumpkin puree as the base of the recipe. You can add these to kids’ lunches for a healthier treat, and store one in your bag for a quick afternoon energy boost.
No-Bake Pumpkin Oat Energy Balls
These pumpkin oat energy balls are the perfect healthy alternative to cookies and sugary baked goods. If you’ve never tried making energy balls before, they’re a whole recipe category in themselves.
This is a superfood snack that’s high in protein and fiber. The protein from these energy bites comes from tahini and old-fashioned rolled oats.
Protein snacks will provide longer lasting energy – just pack one in your bag for a quick afternoon pick-me-up. These little energy bites might be small, but they’re mighty!
Pumpkin Oat Energy Ball Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these energy balls:
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats – I recommend using gluten-free whole rolled oats for this recipe. These are the large flake oats.
- Tahini – Tahini is made using sesame seeds. You can also substitute with any nut or seed butter for this ingredient.
- Pumpkin Puree – You can make your own pumpkin puree or use canned pumpkin puree.
- Maple Syrup – To sweeten the energy bites I used maple syrup. Alternatively, you can also use honey or sugar-free lakanto monkfruit sweetener.
- Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – You can use store-bought pumpkin pie spice or make your own. Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 Tbsp worth – 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp allspice.
- Dark Chocolate Chips – Look for 70% dark chocolate chips which will have minimal refined sugar added to them and will be primarily made from cacao.
How To Make Pumpkin Oat Energy Balls
- Wet Ingredients – Add the tahini, pumpkin puree and maple syrup to a large bowl. Mix together.
- Dry Ingredients – Add in the old fashioned rolled oats, chia seeds, and pumpkin pie spice mix.
- Mix Together and Add Chocolate Chips – Fold in the dark chocolate chips, then place the batter in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes.
- Scoop and Roll – Use a cookie scoop or spoon to roll the batter into small balls. Place them on a baking sheet or plate and add to the freezer for 1 hour.
Add the balls to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 1 week. These energy bites can also be stored in a ziploc bag and frozen for up to 3 months.
More Energy Ball Recipes
Here are some more energy ball recipes for you to try:
- Carrot Cake Energy Balls – This recipe smells incredibly delicious and tastes just like real carrot cake!
- Cookie Dough Energy Balls – There’s an unusual secret ingredient in these cookie dough energy bites that you probably wouldn’t guess.
- Chocolate Quinoa Energy Balls – Yes, these treats are made with quinoa but you’ll be surprised at how delicious they are!
- Raspberry Coconut Energy Balls – These are high in protein, fiber and have the perfect hint of raspberry flavor.
No Bake Pumpkin Oat Energy Balls
- Mix the tahini, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup together in a large bowl.
- Add in the old fashioned rolled oats, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice and mix together.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter. Place the batter in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.
- Use a cookie scoop or spoon to roll into balls. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
- Add to an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.These energy balls can also be stored in a bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.