These No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls are quick, easy, delicious, and packed with flavor. They make the perfect autumn snack before gym, between meals, or anytime you need a little something to cure your sweet tooth. They’re not too sweet, though. They’re sweetened with dates and contain no added sugar. They’re also vegan and gluten-free. Try the recipe out today and let me know what you think.
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Fall is once again on the horizon, and no one is more excited than yours truly. It’s my absolute favorite season, and apparently I’m in good company. For the past few weeks my social feeds have been filled with many of you anxiously awaiting all things Autumn – sweaters, boots, bonfires, cider, baking, and of course – pumpkin spice everything. While I’m not a fan of pumpkin spice everything, I do enjoy the occasional indulgence. What’s a girl to do when she’s craving fall vibes, but temperatures are still hitting the mid 90s in Texas? Make these no-bake, pumpkin spice energy balls. Extra heavy on the no-bake! I cannot be bothered with my oven in these temps. Let’s get into some details.
What Ingredients Do I Need?
- Pitted Fresh Medjool Dates – Dates provide a delicious and nutritious way of adding sweetness to the recipe without the need for added sugar.
- Grain Free Granola – I follow a lower-carb lifestyle, so I opted for grain free granola. There are many brands out there, but I’ll link the one I used below in the recipe card. If grains are not an issue for you, feel free to use traditional granola.
- Pumpkin Puree – You can make your own pumpkin puree from scratch, if you’re up for the job, but the canned version works just fine. It’s also plentiful this time of year so you should have no issue finding it at most large grocers.
- Flax Seed – There are many health benefits for flax seeds, including healthy fat, fiber, protein, and blood sugar control.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – I actually have a recipe for a homemade pumpkin spice blend, but there are also premade blends available at the grocery store during fall.
- Vanilla Extract – Vanilla adds that familiar and comforting element that we’ve all grown accustomed to in autumn desserts.
- Kosher Salt – just a pinch to allow for full expression of all the flavors.
- Water – Water is completely optional. What I do is add it slowly, about a ½ teaspoon at a time if my mixture is too dry in the food processor.
What Tools Do I Need?
My favorite thing about this recipe is that it requires minimal kitchen tools, which also means easy cleanup. The main tool that you will need is a food processor.
How to Make No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls
Y’all, this process is so easy. You simply combine all of the ingredients in the food processor, and pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You’re looking to achieve a cohesive mixture that’s slightly sticky and rolls easily between your palms like cookie dough.
If your mixture feels too dry, try adding ½ teaspoon of water at time. You’ll then roll the mixture into 12 even balls, and pop them in the refrigerator to chill and enjoy at your leisure.
How Long Will They Last?
I would recommend keeping these in your refrigerator, sealed, for up to 6 days.
Try it out and let me know what you think! When you make it, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram.
Need more pumpkin content in your life? I highly recommend trying this Vegan Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew by Capri Lilly of Good Food Baddie. It’s absolute perfection, and is a Starbucks copycat (*whispers* but better),
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These No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Balls are quick, easy, delicious, and packed with flavor. They make the perfect autumn snack before gym, between meals, or anytime you need a little something to cure your sweet tooth. They’re not too sweet, though. They’re sweetened with dates and contain no added sugar. They’re also vegan and gluten-free.
- 9 Fresh Medjool Dates, pitted (about 150 grams)
- 1.5 cups Grain-Free Granola
- ½ cup Pumpkin Puree
- 2 tablespoons Flax Seed
- ½ tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Kosher Salt
- Water, optional - see notes
- Add all ingredients to food processor and pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You want to achieve a cohesive, sticky mixture that feels like cookie dough when rolled between your palms.
- Roll into 12 even balls, place on a small tray, and place in the refrigerature to chill and enjoy at your leisure. They can also be eaten right away.
*If mixure feels slightly dry, add water, a 1/4 teaspoon at a time as you continue to work.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g