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No Bake Energy Balls: Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites (GF)

These easy No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites are a delicious and healthy gluten free snack or breakfast bursting with fiber, plant-based protein and Vitamin A–the perfect morning energy boost! This clean eating recipe is perfect for adults and kids alike, filled with pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans and almond butter. Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, these healthy treats are refined sugar-free and vegan, too!

These easy No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites are a delicious and healthy gluten free snack or breakfast bursting with fiber, plant-based protein and Vitamin A--the perfect morning energy boost! This clean eating recipe is perfect for adults and kids alike, filled with pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans and almond butter. Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, these healthy treats are refined sugar-free and vegan, too!

UPDATE: This post originally appeared in September 2017.

I know, I know. I just shared a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe last week. But now that it’s officially September (read: pumpkin season), I’m putting the Vitamin-A packed veg in just about everything I can.

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Call them energy bites, call them protein balls, call them a delicious and healthy snack that you NEED in your life this Fall.

Made with pumpkin and plenty of warm and cozy pumpkin pie spices (duh!), these No Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein + Energy Balls pack a delicious and healthy punch with fiber-rich flaxseed, dates and maple syrup for natural sweetness and gluten free oats, pecans and creamy almond butter for a big protein boost!

Even better–they come together in under 5 minutes and keep for a few weeks in the fridge, making them the perfect affordable alternative to expensive protein bars.

Plus, they’ve got none of the bad stuff often found in storebought protein snacks, like GMO soy protein isolate, excess refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, low-quality dairy and whey, inflammatory oils, natural and artificial flavors, and caramel color (just a few of the gems found in bars like PowerBar, Atkins, Luna, and Clif Bars). (source)

Nope, these No Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein + Energy Balls just contain real food ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, full of protein and fiber and provide a big Vitamin A boost (great for our eyes, skin, bones, reproduction and immune system health).

Here’s how you make ’em:

How to make Pumpkin Pie Protein + Energy Balls

No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites: clean eating recipe filled with pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans, almond butter, maple syrup

I made a double batch of these a few weeks ago for the photo shoot and I have to tell you, 2-3 in the morning time might be the very best Fall breakfast there is.

It’s easy, it’s healthy, it’s made-ahead so you literally have to do N-O-T-H-I-N-G to get high-quality energy into your AM, and you never even have to turn on the oven.

That’s why I’m so in love with Protein + Energy Balls–just toss everything in a food processor, blend, roll, firm up in the fridge and you are good. to. go!

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Plus these pumpkin pie protein balls are a nutritional powerhouse–just 2 balls contains over 6 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and tons of Magnesium, Vitamin B (another energy boost!), Potassium and Calcium.

And yet, these energy bites are dairy free. Gluten free too. And vegetarian–plant-based protein from oats, almond butter and pecans will fill you up AND provide a good source of healthy fats!

No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites: clean eating recipe filled with pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans, almond butter, maple syrup

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Yes, so we know that this seasonal pick is bursting with Vitamin A, but did you know that pumpkin is actually a superfood in its own right?

Check it: Pumpkin is great for weightloss because it’s full of fiber, which helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay, which means you eat less overall. Especially when you add a flaxseed boost (high five for double fiber!) to these pumpkin pie energy bites!

And fiber isn’t just good for digestion and weightloss–in fact, one Harvard study found that those who ate a diet high in fiber had a 40 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those who ate a diet low in fiber. (source)

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Pumpkin is also full of the antioxidant beta carotene (cancer prevention), phytosterols (lowers blood pressure), and tryptophan (yes, like Thanksgiving turkey).

And we all know what tryptophan does–hi, I’m ready for a nap thanks to my increased serotonin levels, which help us relax, unwind, sleep better and boost mood.

Now you don’t have to feel guilty about pumpkin pie, amiright?!

Easy No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites: healthy gluten free + vegan snack or breakfast; refined sugar-free

My favorite pumpkin source are these organic canned pumpkin packs, which come in BPA-free cans. They’re available on Amazon (just $1.85 per can when you do Subscribe & Save) or on Thrive Market (just $2.13 per can!)

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Easy No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites: delicious, healthy gluten free snack or breakfast; fiber, plant-based protein; clean eating recipe; for kids; pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans; almond butter; maple syrup; healthy treats; refined sugar-free; vegan

If you try this recipe for No Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein + Energy Balls, be sure to share a photo and tag me @rootandrevel on social media–I’d LOVE to see how it turned out for you!

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5 from 2 votes
Servings: 12 balls
No Bake Pumpkin Pie Protein + Energy Balls
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
These No Bake Energy Bites: Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls are a delicious and gluten free snack or breakfast bursting with fiber, protein and Vitamin A.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until ingredients are combined and sticky.
  2. Using your hands, roll mixture into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. If it gets too sticky, dip your fingers in lukewarm water to help smooth the balls out.
  3. Place on a plate or in a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
You can store in fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a month.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake energy balls, pumpkin energy balls, pumpkin no bake energy bites, pumpkin pie protein balls, pumpkin protein balls, pumpkin spice protein balls
Calories: 227 kcal
Author: Kate Kordsmeier


Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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These easy No Bake Energy Balls + Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites are a delicious and healthy gluten free snack or breakfast bursting with fiber, plant-based protein and Vitamin A--the perfect morning energy boost! This clean eating recipe is perfect for adults and kids alike, filled with pumpkin, dates, oats, flax seed, pecans and almond butter. Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, these healthy treats are refined sugar-free and vegan, too!pumpk

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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10 comments on “No Bake Energy Balls: Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites (GF)”

  1. My stomach can not handle dates. Any suggestions on replacements?

  2. I had no idea how healthy pumpkin was! I can feel less guilty, then, because pumpkin is totally an indulgence for me!

  3. I SAW THE RECIPE FOR THE PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN BALLS, I’m thinking about making them do I have to use the organic items

    • Hi Neil – awesome! No, you never have to use organic ingredients, it’s just my preference when possible as I love the quality of organic foods – but the choice is completely up to you! Let me know how they turn out!

  4. Would I be able to leave the flaxseed out without changing the texture? Or do you have a possible alternative for flaxseed? Unfortunately, I have a hard time digesting flaxseed.
    Thank you! These look wonderful!

    • Hey Amy! I think you could swap chia seeds for flaxseed. It acts as a binder in the balls, so I worry if you leave them out they’d be too soggy/sticky. You could also add more oats to replace, I’d imagine.

  5. Thank goodness for autumn! I would love to try this will just need to make my own pumpkin pie spice.

  6. I’m so happy that it’s pumpkin season – give me pumpkin everything!! 😀 Will definitely be making these – love that they are vegan + GF! And the video is super cute too!