It’s officially pumpkin eating season. Obviously, I’m not one to disappoint so I’m throwing in my deliciously holistic recipe for no bake pumpkin balls. Plus, October is National Pumpkin Month. These easy pumpkin balls are made from wholesome ingredients like dates, almond flour and of course pumpkin.
This is the time of year you can go pumpkin crazy without rebuttal from anyone. This is also the time of year that most people load up on extra calories and sugar in every single form.
Slowly back away. Don’t do it.
That’s where these pumpkin balls come in. What makes this pumpkin recipe even more amazing is that it is sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-cook/no-bake, and will be ready for in 15 minutes.
Did you hear what I said?
These no bake pumpkin bites are the perfect grab-and-go snack that everyone can enjoy. (This is not one of those recipes that your kids will complain about eating either.)
Pumpkin, dates, and the Himalayan salt are filled with fiber, natural sugars, and trace minerals, respectfully, to give your body the energy it needs, especially when it comes to making it past that midday slump.
These grab-and-go bites are the perfect size for travel, and they’re TSA friendly, too. Make a double batch of these pumpkin ball goodies because you’ll be mad if you don’t. No worries if you don’t finish them. They freeze well so you can save some yummy goodness for later.
Ingredients for Easy Pumpkin Balls
The ingredients in these healthy pumpkin snacks can be easily found in your nearby grocery store. That’s part of what makes this recipe so great. It also looks really fancy but, it’s “fancy” snacking without the fuss.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- canned pumpkin (organic always)
- blanched almond flour
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- dates (Medjool dates work best)
- vanilla extract (using 100% pure vanilla extract versus essence or flavoring)
- cardamom (its my secret ingredient that puts these balls ahead of the rest)
- pink Himalayan sea salt
Energy Balls with Dates
First off, if you’ve been trying to back off of the honey and maple syrup, these energy balls are sweetened with the goodness of dates. I recommend using Medjool dates for this recipe as they’re softer and a bit chewier than traditional dates.
That makes everything much more simple. Also, may sure to get pitted dates or remove the seed from the center of the dates before you start.
Whole 30 Energy Balls, Paleo Energy Bites, Gluten Free Protein Balls & More
Everyone seems to have their own energy ball recipe. What makes these pumpkin energy balls different is not they contain no oats. Oats are a common grain often found in most energy ball recipes. The problem is if you’re following a Whole 30 or Paleo plan, grain is a no go.
Fortunately with these energy balls, you don’t have to worry about grain getting in the way. In addition, since there are no legumes (often added as peanut butter), you can enjoy to your heart’s content. Not only are these pumpkin balls oat free and peanut free, they are gluten free, dairy free and without any added protein powder are vegan as well.
How to Make Easy No Bake Pumpkin Balls
To make this simple recipe super simple, start out by using un-pitted sweet dates. A food processor works really well for this.
Add the dates, pumpkin, almond flour, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut and sea salt.
Pulse the mixture a few times, until is forms into a ball. You can also stir everything together really well but, I find a food processor makes things much easier.
After that, it’s time to get your hands dirty.
To make uniform sized pumpkin energy balls, use a teaspoon to get rounded amounts and then roll the mixture with cupped hands.
Sprinkle the remaining shredded coconut on plate and gently and lightly, roll each energy ball to get a nice coating of coconut.
I gotta tell you…if you were looking for a healthy recipe to make with your kids or grand kids, this is the one.
After that, store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up up to seven days.
Honestly, this snack works great as a healthy treat anytime of year but, if you’re traveling and want a tasty travel snack, this is definitely the pumpkin recipe for you too.
Add a Protein Kick and Make these Pumpkin Protein Balls
Due mostly to the almond flour, each serving of these pumpkin balls will give you approximately 2 grams of protein. If you want to amp up the protein even more, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite unflavored protein powder to the mix before rolling it up. This is an easy way to get a big protein boost.
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
- 3/4 cup flaked (unsweetened) coconut
- 10 dates (pitted)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- Blend dates in a food processor until smooth (if you didn't start out with un pitted dates, make sure the seeds are removed)
- In a large bowl, add pumpkin, pureed dates, almond flour,1/2 cup of the flaked coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, vanilla and sea salt
- Mix well until all the ingredients are blended
- Using a rounded teaspoon drop some of the mixture into the palms of your hands and then roll into leftover 1/4 cup of flaked coconut
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Amount Per Serving Calories 84Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 24mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 2g
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10/11/21, Updated 9/26/22