Halloween is coming in less than 11 days, although I would missed the opportunity of celebrating it in Melbourne. Therefore, we decided to make some snack for the kiddo in our family. They always have a habit of craving something sugary at the end of there’s meals.
These small sweet bites are the perfect solution for such occurrences. Eating one or two for dessert satisfies my sweet cravings without any guilt, since they are also healthy for me. The right mixture of dates, pecans, pumpkin puree, and coconut flakes gives the balls an almost cookie dough-like texture as you bite into them. This mixture also loads each bite with fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients.
These easy pumpkin pie energy bites are vegan, gluten-free, and required absolutely no baking. Once the ingredients are blended together in the food processor, I recommend putting the dough in the refrigerator. That way it will be easier to work with and shape into balls. Once the balls are formed, you could also roll them in additional chopped nuts or coconut flakes if desired. Then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
This Pumpkin Energy Ball recipe calls for 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, so it’s a great way to polish off any leftover canned pumpkin you have on hand from any of these recipes. You can double the batch to use up a bit more if you like, then stash the extras in the freezer, where they will last several months.
Moreover, whichever shape they take, they will be bursting with the deliciously sweet spicy flavors of pumpkin pie. Ending it with some Halloween decoration to make it more interesting for the kids, we make sure they will want more of it.
Leave the oven off, your taste buds on, and let this healthy Pumpkin Energy Ball recipe keep you happy all fall!
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Place the dates into a small bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes, then drain.
Place the pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates. Pulse until combined. Adjust the spices to taste. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
Use your hands to form the dough into small balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.