These no bake Pumpkin Energy Balls are a delicious snack that you can whip up in just 10 minutes. The perfect hint of pumpkin spice, sweetened with medjool dates and a touch of pumpkin make these a delicious fall snack you will love!
This recipe was created October 2015 and updated September 2022.
No bake energy bites are one of our favorites and I have many flavors to choose from--banana bread, coconut mango, pecan pie and more. When you want a snack to fuel you up that tastes like fall, these pumpkin energy balls are the way to go!
The taste of fall in a quick and easy, not to mention energizing snack!
Why You Will Love These Pumpkin Energy Balls:
- They taste like fall. Once you are ready for all things pumpkin, there is no stopping you. These bites have a nice hint of pumpkin and the perfect hint of fall flavor from pumpkin spice and cinnamon.
- You can make them in about 10 minutes or less. A snack that is ready in no time is the best. You can have these energy bites ready to go in literally 10 minutes. No joke.
- They are dairy and gluten free. If you have food allergies or sensitivities in your home, some snacks can be tricky. These pumpkin pie energy bites are already gluten and dairy free so easy to serve to those who may not tolerate. If for some reason there is a nut allergy that includes almonds or cashews, you can also sub for another nut. Any combo of raw nuts should work well!
- They will keep for a decent period of time. If you chill your energy balls, they can stay fresh up to one month. If you freeze them, they can last about 3 months. This snack recipe is a good one to keep on hand since it won't go bad quickly.
- nuts: I use a combo of almonds and cashews. Sometimes I like to toss in some pecans as well. Raw nuts will work best. Roasted nuts are often salted and you don't want salted nuts in this pumpkin pie energy bite recipe.
- dates: medjool dates are what work best in this recipe. They are a larger date than others. If you don't have them, another date can work, but you very likely will need more of them. Make sure to remove the pits before adding to the food processor.
- pumpkin: a bit of pumpkin is all you need. Don't use too much as the mixture will become too moist and will not easily roll into balls. If you don't have any pumpkin, that is ok. You can omit it and add a few extra dates for moisture.
- spices: I use a combination of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. I find that pumpkin pie spice usually is lacking in cinnamon and I prefer that flavor to come through more. You can use all pumpkin spice if preferred.
- vanilla: use vanilla extract versus imitation if possible
How To Make These Pumpkin Pie Bites:
Making these energy balls is so simple!
- Start by adding the cashews and almonds to a food processor. Process until a fine, grainy texture.
- Add in all the rest of the ingredients.
- Process until a dough begins to form.
- Roll into bite sized balls.
Nothing to it really!
- If your dates seem very dry, soak them before adding to the recipe. Medjool dates can sometimes dry out a bit but they are still very usable. Simply soak them in hot water for about 10-20 minutes and then drain and pat dry. Add the pitted dates into the pumpkin pie energy bites recipe and you should be good to go.
- Use any combo of nuts you may have. I have made these energy balls with a combination of pecans, almonds, cashews and even walnuts. The recipe will work fine with what you have on hand and enjoy the most. As long as you have 2 cups of nuts you are set.
- Make your own pumpkin spice! If you don't have any pumpkin spice on hand, you can easily make it. And honestly, if you don't have the spices to make it either, just use all cinnamon and remind yourself to pick some up soon!
Try these Pumpkin Spiced Pecans too!
Other Pumpkin Recipes:
- Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole
- Pumpkin Banana Overnight Oats
- Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake
- Easy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Pumpkin Whipped Cream
- Pumpkin Ricotta Baked Pasta
Pumpkin Energy Balls
- Combine cashews and pecans in food processor and process until a fine, grainy consistency.
- Add all other ingredients, and process until a dough begins to form. If the mixture seems too dry, add in a teaspoon or two of water or more pumpkin purée.
- Roll into bite sized balls and chill for about 20-30 minutes to set.