It’s all things fall around my house. I love the smell of diffusing earthy and spicy essential oils, baking good things and popping a hearty stew in the oven. To me fall means comfort.
These little energy balls are a little taste of fall in small bite, plus they give a great boost of energy without a bunch of sugar or processed ingredients.
You probably have all of the stuff in your pantry to make these awesome pumpkin energy balls. I take them on the go with me!!
• Old fashioned oats-I like to use old fashioned oats because they create a chewier, heartier energy ball. Plus, I always have old fashioned oats in my pantry. You can use gluten-free oats if you need the energy balls to be gluten-free.
• Ground flaxseed meal—I love adding ground flaxseed to boost the nutritional value of the energy balls. Ground flaxseed adds fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and protein. Make sure you use ground flaxseed meal and not whole flaxseeds.
• Chia Seeds—These little seeds are a loaded with nutrients and make a great addition to the energy balls. They add fiber, protein, healthy fat, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
• Spices-Ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves add lots of fall flavor to the energy balls. You can also use pure essential oils—buy only one drop—they are powerful!
• Salt-A little bit of salt is all you need, but don’t skip it! It makes all the flavors pop and a little salt is actually good for most of us.
• Almond butter-The almond butter is the base of the energy balls and makes all of the ingredients hold together. If you don’t have almond butter, you can use peanut butter.
• Pumpkin-Make sure you use pure pumpkin puree, you can find it in the baking aisle in a can of almost any grocery store. The pumpkin will keep the energy balls nice and moist plus the flavor is amazing.
• Honey-Sweeten the energy balls with honey! The honey also helps the energy balls stick together.
• Vanilla extract-A little splash of pure vanilla extract is always a good idea!
• Mini Chocolate Chips-Mini chocolate chips are the perfect finishing touch to the pumpkin energy balls. The pumpkin chocolate chip combo is always a winner. If you don’t want to use chocolate chips, you can leave them out and add dried cranberries. Or add dried cranberries with the chocolate chips!
- 2 cups oats
- 2 tablespoons flax and chia
- 3/4 cup nut butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Splash of vanilla (or wild orange essential oil!)
- 1/4 mini chocolate chips
How to make energy balls:
Mix together all of the dry ingredients to make sure the spices are distributed evenly.
Add the almond butter, pumpkin, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix until all of the ingredients come together and a “dough” forms.
Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Roll the mixture into balls, about 2 tablespoons per ball. You can use your hands or a cookie scoop to do this.
Place the balls in an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Energy Balls”
Spices mentioned in ingredients but not in the recipe. How much dry spice? Any chance you have nutrition info?
Great question! I usually use a drop of cinnamon and clove, but I bet pumpkin pie spice would be amazing. I have learned that 1 drop of EO = 1 teaspoon of dry spice, so I would go with that! Sorry for the delay in responding!
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