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No Bake Pumpkin Balls are a great way to welcome fall and all things pumpkin! These pumpkin spice balls are made with pure, simple, superfood ingredients that are actually good for you, so it makes for a great mid-day snack or even dessert! This recipe is also a great way to use up ½ a cup of canned pumpkin you may have leftover from another recipe like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread or Pumpkin Bars!
ingredients & substitutions
- Oat flour: To keep these pumpkin balls gluten-free, use oat flour. You can also add your oats to a blender to grind them down and use those.
- Oats: Rolled oats are best to use in this recipe as they create a nice chewy texture. You can use quick oats in a pinch, but steel cut oats should be avoided.
- Seasonings: Pumpkin pie spice and salt. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can use cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
- Pumpkin puree: Use a pure pumpkin puree rather than a pumpkin pie filling, as this includes added sugars and spices.
- Peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter helps to bind the dry ingredients together as well as adding a delicious nutty taste.
- Maple syrup: To naturally sweeten these snack balls. If not vegan, you can use honey.
- Chocolate chips: Pumpkin and chocolate works so great together. You can use any type of mini chocolate chips to suit your tastes.
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How to make pumpkin balls
- Measure the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract and place in a large bowl.
- Mix well until full combined and the peanut butter is dissolved.
- Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients.
- Mix well until a firm texture is formed. Add the mini chocolate chips if you’d like.
- Using a spring-loaded cookie scoop or your hands to form the batter into small bite sized balls.
- Roll them with your hands for a smooth and even texture.
Tips for making pumpkin balls
- Heat the peanut butter to make it easier to stir. If you’re using very stiff peanut butter without a lot of oil, it may help to heat it up so it’s more liquid in form for mixing in.
- Adjust the sweetness to your taste. Since the recipe is no-bake, you can add some cane sugar to enhance the sweetness.
- Test a small amount before rolling the rest. Make sure a small amount feels like dough – not too sticky and not too dry. That will make them easier to roll. If it’s too sticky, add more oat flour. If it is too dry, add more pumpkin puree or maple syrup.
- Roll in toppings. You can use walnuts, coconut and cacao nibs or any other toppings you prefer. Just make sure to chop them finely to make it easier to roll the pumpkin balls in the topping and adhere to them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Once made, keep the pumpkin balls in the fridge in an airtight container with the layers separated with parchment. They will keep well for up to a week and make for a great pre or post workout snack.
Yes, these will freeze well and keep for up to 3 months. Freeze them solid on a baking sheet then transfer to a freezer bag. Thaw them in the fridge or at room temperature to enjoy.
These are pretty delicious as they are, but you could ass in some dried fruits, cranberries would work great. You can also roll them in different toppings like coconut flakes or chopped nuts, or even dip them in chocolate for a real treat!
The great thing about this pumpkin ball recipe is all the ingredients are gluten free, so it feels light but energizing. It’s also paleo-friendly and vegan so it’s an all around healthy snack that will make you feel good!
For more pumpkin recipes:
- Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Bars
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Pumpkin Pasta with Crispy Sage
- Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
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This No Bake Pumpkin Balls recipe was originally published on October 13, 2017. The recipe has been slightly modified to make it easier and the post now includes updated step-by-step photos.
No Bake Pumpkin Balls
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, oat flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- In another large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract (if using). Add the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients and mix well until a firm texture is formed. Fold in the mini chocolate chips, if using.
- Using a spring-loaded cookie scoop or your hands to form the batter into small bite sized balls. Makes about 12-15. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 10 minutes to firm up.
- For paleo option, substitute the rolled oats and oat flour with ¾ cup coconut flour
- The cane sugar can be eliminated, especially if you are using pumpkin pie puree which is usually already sweetened
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.