No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

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Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since. Yes, even for breakfast. You know why? Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite-sized morsels! And you know what’s even better? They are incredibly easy to make!

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No Bake Pumpkin Balls are a healthy pumpkin dessert you will love!

Yes, healthy pumpkin desserts DO taste good!

For these delicious pumpkin treats, just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done! Easy and delicious with absolutely zero guilt when I inhale a few at 6 AM! After you finish eating them all, whip up a batch of pumpkin donuts, too. You can not have enough pumpkin, right?

Pumpkin puree in white ceramic cup on dark background

Can you substitute fresh pumpkin for canned?

I usually stock up on canned pumpkin after the holidays and it lasts all year.  However, making pumpkin puree from scratch is very easy.  You can definitely substitute the canned pumpkin in these healthy energy balls for actual fresh pumpkin.  To substitute, use the same volume of fresh pumpkin puree as you would canned pumpkin. 

Is canned pumpkin as good as fresh?  They are both packed with  nutrients, although, fresh pumpkin is probably going to be a little bit healthier for you given it’s minimal processing.  However, given the time involved in making fresh pumpkin puree, it isn’t something I do very often!

 

Healthy no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and totally guilt free. If you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, these are gluten free and loaded with only healthy ingredients!

Making Pumpkin Balls

Okay, so how do you make these pumpkin balls with so little effort? I started with whole oats and put them through my Cuisinart Food Processor. I don’t know how people live without one of these things, honestly. However, if you don’t want to start with whole oats and grind them yourself, consider picking up some oat flour.

I recently joined Thrive Market which delivers healthy and organic food right to your door. Membership is incredibly inexpensive and you get wholesale prices for a ton of awesome products. Check them out and order oat flour online and save yourself some time and money. Oat flour is probably finer than what I ground in my food processor but these no bake pumpkin balls still came out delicious!

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Healthy no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and totally guilt free. If you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, these are gluten free and loaded with only healthy ingredients!

Best sweeteners for energy balls

There are a few variations you can use for this no bake recipe. I chose to use maple syrup for my liquid sweetener since I have a ton after our recent trip up to Vermont. You could use honey, brown rice syrup, agave nectar or whatever other sticky liquid sweeteners you have on hand.

What is an energy ball?

Energy balls like this no bake pumpkin ball is a delicious combination of healthy energy and sweet treat.  Energy balls have a combination of protein (from the nut butter), good carbs, healthy fats, and are high in fiber. They are also portable, so they are the perfect healthy on the go snack before or after your workout! These energy bites should be refrigerated since the nut butter gets really soft at room temperature.  

maple syrup

Are energy balls bad for you?

The purpose of an energy ball (or energy bites as they are sometimes called) is to deliver a quite shot of fat, calories, protein, and energy in a small amount of volume.  They are usually loaded with fiber and portable so they are great for a post workout snack. 

They aren’t designed for you to eat 12 of them while you binge watch your favorite movie series.  Eat them as intended and they are very good for you. 

Almond Butter in Jar

Best nut butters for energy balls

The nut butter I chose was almond butter but peanut butter or cashew butter would also work. If your final dough comes out too sticky, add a bit more coconut flour. If it is too dry, add more sticky sweetener. You basically want a dough that holds together well when you roll it but that isn’t ‘wet’. Other than mixing and rolling, that is about it! Just whip up a batch and enjoy!

If you enjoy no bake recipes, check out my review of the No Cook, No Bake cookbook for more inspiration. Or, try my Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats.

No Bake Pumpkin Balls

Healthy no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and totally guilt free. If you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, these are gluten free and loaded with only healthy ingredients!

Yield: 14

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Looking for healthy pumpkin recipes? These no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and delicious. One of my favorite no bake recipes for fall!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a fine powder (or 1 3/4 cups oat flour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • cinnamon and sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut flour, oat flour (or ground oats), brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine the almond butter and the maple syrup. Heat until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add the almond butter mixture to the dry ingredients along with the pumpkin. Sitr until combined.
  4. Roll into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet
  5. Combine additional cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and roll each ball in the mixture.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 58g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 34g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
Nutrition information not always accurate

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Healthy no bake pumpkin balls are easy to make and totally guilt free. If you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, these are gluten free and loaded with only healthy ingredients!

 

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Comments

  1. These sound yummy! I think I'll give them a try! Do you think I could sub almond meal for the coconut flour? I already have that around.
  2. Made these today to take as a nice treat at the baseball game tonight. I subbed a few dates for the brown sugar and coconut sugar to roll them in with the cinnamon. Very tasty. Do you store yours in the refrigerator?
  3. Hi! I have just finished rolling these and about to roll in sugar/cinnamon, and noticed that coconut flour is in the ingredients list, but not listed in the instructions. Is it a key ingredient that will be missed?
    • Just updated the recipe. As long as you adjust the amount of oat flour and/or almond butter to get the right rolling consistency, you should be fine.
  4. Where does the coconut flour come to play in the directions?
  5. So, it says a serving is one and it’s 311 calories. Is that right?

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