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.
Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.
If you’re looking for more specific details (for example, to track your macros) then I recommend adding specific brand ingredients and this recipe to a food tracker app on your phone.