Tis the season for pie, especially pumpkin! Since eating dessert every day isn’t necessarily the best idea for our health, I’m so excited that little pumpkin pie energy bites change all that! They’re naturally sweetened with dates and spiced with all of those fall flavors we love. I know “healthy” alternatives aren’t always as good as we want them to be, but these little guys are oh so satisfying. You’ll be making them all fall long!
Just to warn you, these are definitely softer than your standard energy balls. I personally like it. It feels like you’re eating pumpkin pie a little bit more… but if they’re too fudgy for you, I have ideas! Instead of using oat flour, just mix in standard rolled oats. You can also leave out the coconut oil entirely, too. Those 2 adjustments will firm them up a little bit more.
Store them in the fridge or freezer and try not to eat them too fast!
Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls
- 5 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup oats or oat flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1/4 cup raisins
- extra chopped pecans
- Start by soaking your dates in some warm water for about 10 minutes.
- Drain and add them to your food processor. Pulse until the dates are broken up into small pieces.
- Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, pecans, coconut flakes, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, ground flax and coconut oil. You will also want to add your oat flour or oats at this time. If you like the consistency soft (like pumpkin pie), use oat flour. If you prefer it to be more firm, use rolled oats.
- *Tip: You can make oat flour by pulsing some oats in your food processor.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in raisins and extra chopped pecans (optional).
- Put it in the fridge and let it set for at least 30 minutes.
- Once they’ve set, roll them into balls. Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.