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Pumpkin Energy Balls

These Pumpkin Energy Balls are easy to make with pecans, real pumpkin puree, nut butter, cozy fall spices and naturally sweetened with dates for the perfect healthy snack for on the go! Gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan and refined-sugar free.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword bliss ball recipe, bliss balls, date balls, date protein balls, healthy protein balls, healthy vegan snacks, homemade snacks, protein balls, pumpkin energy balls, pumpkin energy bites, pumpkin protein balls, quick snacks, vegan protein balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 energy balls
Calories 165 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup medjool dates , tightly packed (about 14 dates)
  • 1/4 cup creamy unsalted cashew butter , or any nut butter / seed butter of choice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree , not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice , or sub with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or plain plant-based protein powder , we like this plant-based protein powder. If you’re not a fan of protein powder, sub with ground flaxseeds or ground hempseeds.
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoon dairy-free mini chocolate chips + more for pressing
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped pecans , for pressing


  1. Add pecans, almonds, coconut flakes, dates, nut butter, pumpkin puree, vanilla, spices, protein powder (if using) and salt to a food processor.

  2. Process ingredients until a sticky cookie dough forms. The dough should be pinch-able and stick together when you press it with your hands. Add more nuts or nut butter as needed to adjust the consistency and taste.

    Transfer the dough to a large bowl. Fold in mini chocolate chips and mix to combine.

  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Press a few more chocolate chips or chopped pecans in each energy bite (to make them prettier), if desired.

    Store in a resealable bag or airtight container in the fridge (for up to 1 week) or freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

How to store:

Store these vegan pumpkin energy bites in an airtight container in one layer (or use parchment paper to separate layers).

They'll stay good for 3 days on the counter at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator. Keeping them in the fridge prevents them from getting too soft or mushy.

How to freeze:

Place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to flash-freeze. Transfer the balls to freezer-friendly bags, squeeze out all the air and seal.

Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw overnight in the fridge or for about 5-10 minutes at room temperature before enjoying.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 protein ball)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Trans Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.