This protein-rich healthy autumn snack has all the flavors of a spiced chai latte packed in cute little energy balls!Jump to Recipe
Energy balls are one of our all-time favorite snacks we make all the time. Of course, as it’s autumn our energy balls are made with pumpkin. When you have some pumpkin leftovers we have the right thing for you to do with it: roll it together with deliciously sweet Medjool dates, oats, spices, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and chia seeds. If you celebrate Halloween this year, this is a perfectly healthy and gluten-free treat that will keep you up through the night.
Keep them rollin’
The best thing about energy balls is that you don’t have to bake them. Within a few minutes, you have your snacks rollin’ in your hands. It’s that easy and way better than eating a chocolate bar from the supermarket. Basically, you can add anything you like to the recipe. We used chia seeds to help the balls stick easier together and to add a great number of nutrients. We’ll explain to you how these balls will provide you with energy. They are packed with healthy fats, protein and fibers and only natural sweetened.
Healthy protein snack
These energy balls are a concentrated source of nutrients that our body needs to feel energized. Don’t get too enthusiastic, they contain a good amount of calories. But if you stick to one energy ball a day you don’t need to worry about it. When it comes to 2,3 oops 4 energy balls, it’s still not that big of a deal it’s still made of natural ingredients. Nevertheless don’t make it a habit binging them. We know it’s not easy cause they are just way too good.
Dates, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecan nuts, and oats all contain proteins which makes this a great snack after or before a workout. Energy balls are a great package of fibers, healthy fats (chia!!), good carbs, and protein. Each ball contains about 100-125 calories.
You can variate endlessly with this recipe. For example, you could also add some tahini or almond nut butter. if you are more of a fan of coconut and peanut butter we have another recipe for you. By adding pumpkin to this recipe we added lots of extra health benefits. Pumpkin promotes healthy skin and can really boost your immune system.
We don’t see any reason not to try out this recipe so get yourself rollin’ and treat yourself with this delicious pumpkin spiced healthy snack!
Pumpkin Spiced Energy Balls
- Philips HR7629 Food Processor
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree canned or fresh
- 1 cup oats
- 12 medjool dates
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup toasted pecan nuts
- 1 tsp cardamom
- ½ tsp cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon (depending how much of a cinnamon lover your are)
- 1 tsp ginger
- pinch of salt
- If you use canned pumpkin you can skip this step. When using fresh pumpkin cut a piece (half a pumpkin, depending how big it is, you only need 1/4 cup of puree, leftover you can use for porridge for example) and take of the skin. Cook in boiled water until soft. Puree the pumpkin in a blender or food processor. Let it cool down.
- Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, pecan nuts, dates (unpitted), chia seeds, spices and salt to the food processor and give it a few good pulses. Once the mixture starts to roll into a ball you know it's ready.
- Roll ping-pong size balls with your hands and place them in a box. Leave them in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm. You can leave them in the freezer and take them out just 5 minutes before serving.