Crunchy Pumpkin Spice Granola, creamy pumpkin puree, and protein packed peanut butter are the building blocks of these delicious 7-ingredient, no bake, adorable bite-size energy balls.
TOP 10 Reasons You Need Energy Balls:
- No baking
- 7 ingredients
- Perfect for ALL snacking situations (late-night craving, post workout, mid-morning pick me up… you get the idea!)
- Protein Packed…. hence the name “energy balls”
- Kid Friendly.. they are Cooper’s favorite snack to pack for school. He says they give him LOTS OF ENERGY… sorry Mrs. Patterson?
- SO EASY… 10 mins = 15 perfectly portioned snacks.
- They are DELICIOUS! The perfect binge buster when you are craving something sweet.
- They are good for you.. full of protein, vitamins, and made from whole-food ingredients
- Perfect make-ahead option for school lunches or snacks
- Travel friendly.. great for car trips or flights! They pack easily and aren’t crumbly or messy.
BONUS: The leftover pumpkin spice granola makes a great Halloween themed gift (as do the crunchy pumpkin pie energy balls)! But, let’s be honest.. anything in a Mason Jar is pretty fantastic ?!
Time Saving Tips and Tricks:
Prep: Why bother? Throw the ingredients in a food processor.. done.
Make Ahead: YES!!! Balls should be stored in a ziplock bag or sealed container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, but they won’t last that long!
Freezer: Absolutely! Place prepared balls in a labeled, airtight Ziplock bag. they will keep up to 6 months. To thaw, remove balls from freezer and give them 5-10 minutes to come to room temp. (I actually prefer these particular balls straight from the freezer because they don’t ever completely harden).
- ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
- ½ cup of peanut butter
- 3 TBS honey
- 1⅓ cup rolled oats
- ⅔ cup of pumpkin spice granola (link to recipe below)
- 1 TBS. ground flax seed
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated. Cover mixture with clear wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours so that the dough is easier to work with. Once chilled, roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Store in refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat. Enjoy! (Note... if you don't have a stand mixer you can use a rubber spatula to mix ingredients!)
- Pumpkin Spice Granola Recipe
- Don’t have time to make your own granola.. you can use your favorite store bought variety. Just make sure to check the ingredients, most pre-made granola is full of sugar and funky ingredients!)
- Look for peanut butter that doesn’t list sugar as an ingredient. The only thing needed to make peanut butter is peanuts! Peanut butter can be difficult to work with. I like to warm it in the microwave so it is easier to work with (don’t over do it.. you don’t want soup texture!)
- Honey is another messy ingredient. Lightly coat your measuring spoon with a little bit of olive oil and the honey won’t stick.
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