Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

In Brunch, Desserts & Drinks, Snacks by sarawalkenbach4 Comments

I was on a walk the other day. As I walked over some leaves on the ground, it hit me… the smell of Fall! That smell brings me back to jumping in leaf piles, going to the apple orchard, and trick or treating with pillow cases. Keep your energy up for all these fun Fall activities. Make these Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls for a tasty treat.

If you like this energy ball, you’ll love my Double Chocolate Cherry one too.

Pumpkin Energy Ball on top of a pumpkin
Make these delicious Fall Balls in 15 minutes!

Pumpkin Does a Body Good

That rich orange color of pumpkin meat is a tall tell sign that it’s rich in the good stuff, beta-carotene as well as much more. According Healthline.com, pumpkin is a super food:

  • Rich in beta-carotene which turns into Vitamin A
  • Contains antioxidants to help protect your cells from free radicals
  • High in Vitamins A, C, & E which helps your immunity
  • Packed with nutrients, low in calories, & high in fiber
  • “Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock.”

Now, just pair pumpkin with oats, nut butter, and a handful of other ingredients and you will have Pumpkin Energy Balls that will be your favorite go to Fall ball.

If you like pumpkin recipes, you’ll love Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars.

Pumpkin Energy Balls are Easy

These are the easiest thing you will make this week. It’s as simple as dumping all the ingredients into a bowl, mixing, and rolling into balls. Viola! Put whatever sounds good to you in these gems. Here’s what I like:

  • Pumpkin
  • Oats
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Almond Butter or other Nut Butter
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, or Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seed
  • Cocoa Nibs or Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt

If you like these energy balls, you and your kids will love my Peanut Butter Energy Balls recipe. These are my kid’s favorite.

Easy Pumpkin Energy Balls
Make this Fall Ball for on the go snacks, a breakfast treat, or a pick me up to keep you going until your next meal.

If you like this Fall flavor recipe, you will love my Spiced Apple Muffin recipe and Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls made with fresh apples.

What if I Don’t Have Pumpkin Spice?

All pumpkin spice is, is a blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. If you don’t have it, make it! Pumpkin Spice is 4 parts cinnamon, 1 part ginger, 1 part nutmeg, and 1/2 part clove. Make a bigger batch and use in:

  • pumpkin pie
  • a sprinkle in your coffee
  • a sprinkle in your smoothie
  • on your oatmeal
  • AND if you are a total Martha: take a pie pumpkin,cut the top, scoop out the guts, drill holes in the pumpkin, and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on the inside part of the pumpkin top. Place a candle inside*, and put around your house for a lovely fragrance, and beautiful decoration. (*Don’t leave candles unattended)

If you don’t have all those ingredients to make pumpkin pie spice, just use cinnamon. It will still turn out delightful.

What to Do with the Left Over Pumpkin?

You have plenty of options here. You can freeze for a later date. Or work that pumpkin into:

  • Smoothie: put a few spoonfuls into your next smoothie with some pumpkin pie spice, banana, and vanilla protein powder
  • Dog Treat: YES! Your pooch will love pumpkin, and it’s so good for them. Put a spoonful over their food, or just a few spoonfuls in the bowl for a treat
  • Soup: this works great in just about any soup, just stir it in
  • Pancakes: make some pumpkin pancakes, add chocolate chips, your kids, nieces & nephews will think you’re the best
  • Overnight Oats: throw a spoonful of pumpkin into your next jar, add pumpkin pie spice and pecans

What’s the Easiest Way to Roll the Pumpkin Energy Balls?

Once the mix is ready to roll, I like to use a cookie scoop. I have a smaller one that works great. I use the scoop to portion out, then roll into a ball. This also helps make them close to the same size.

A cookie scoop makes rolling these balls a lot easier.
Use a scoop like this to crank out these Pumpkin Energy Balls in less thank 15 minutes.

What do you make the Pumpkin Energy Balls for?

Everything! Yes, just about everything. My kids love them, as do I. It’s a nutritious snack for road trips, sporting events, picnics, potlucks, hikes…you name it. These things are so easy, you will make them for everything too. The kids also like this recipe for Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

Do the Pumpkin Energy Balls Need Refrigeration?

Yes! Be sure to refrigerate the balls once done. Place in container with lid or zip top bag. They will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can Pumpkin Energy Balls be Frozen?

Yes! These freeze up great. I like to make a big batch and freeze half in a freezer safe zip top bag or lidded container. Less work later!

Pumpkin Energy balls all piled up and ready to eat.
Easy pumpkin Energy balls are a quick treat to roll up and have ready for the week.

What Song Should I Play While Making the Balls?

Why not have a play list while making these Fall favorites? Here are a few of my top Fall tunes:

thyme branch

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Pumpkin Energy balls all piled up and ready to eat.

No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

Make these delicious Fall Balls in less than 15 minutes! They are loaded with healthy ingredients to keep you energized and satisfied until your next meal. Easy No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls are the perfect snack!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15 balls
Calories 78 kcal


  • 1-1/2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin canned, plain
  • 1/3 cup Almond Butter or other nut butter
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup or Honey
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Pecans chopped, or other nuts
  • 1-1/2 tsp Pumpkin Spice or 1 tsp Cinnamon & 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt


  • In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, almond butter, and maple syrup.
  • Once incorporated, stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Roll into balls and enjoy!



Store in refrigerator.
These Energy Balls freeze well.


Serving: 1ballCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword 15 minute snack, healthy snack, no bake energy balls, pumpkin energy balls
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  1. 5 stars
    I make energy balls of different ingredients alot. These pumpkin energy balls are to die for! Especially now during the fall season.

5 from 2 votes

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