Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

September 24, 2021
If you've ever craved pumpkin pie for breakfast, this one's for you! In an effort to embrace the transition from summer to fall, I've been doing little things to get in the spirit, like shopping for fall decor, planning day trips to admire autumn foliage, and making these pumpkin pie energy balls. I'm a summer girl, but I can't help but get excited for fall when I know I have these tasty treats on hand.

These are the perfect morning energy booster or afternoon pick-me-up. They taste like dessert but are packed with nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, and iron. And with only 7 ingredients, making them is easy as pie!
pumpkin pie energy balls against a decorative fall plate

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

Recipe Type: Breakfast Sweets
utensils YIELDS 12 balls
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  • 7–10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or sunflower butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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1. Soak your dates in water. If your dates are fresh and soft, they will only need about 20 minutes in hot water. If your dates are harder to the touch, it is best to soak them overnight so they will become plump and soft.

2. Once softened, strain the dates and discard the water.

3. Remove pits from dates.

4. Add dates, almond butter or sunflower butter (for nut-free), pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and vanilla to a small food processor.

5. Pulse until dates are blended and all other ingredients are mixed well. You may have to scrape down the sides of your food processor with a spatula a few times in between pulsing.

6. Add rolled oats to the mixture in your food processor, and pulse just enough to mix the oats in, being careful not to over-pulse. The oats should remain intact to add some crunch.

7. Carefully remove mixture from your food processor and roll into bite-sized balls.

8. For a firmer texture, let your pumpkin pie balls sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to a few hours before eating, or chill overnight.

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Courtney Renee
Courtney is an animal advocate, writer, and editor with a passion for promoting veganism, sustainable living, and holistic wellness. With an MA in Critical and Creative Thinking, she approaches problems by trying to understand different perspectives and offering creative solutions to make the world a better place. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting with vegan recipes, exploring new places, reading and writing poetry, and spending time with her fur companions.


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