Pumpkin Date Energy Balls

These bite-sized treats have the flavor of pumpkin pie in a protein- and fiber-rich snack.
By Robin Runner
Pumpkin Date Energy Balls
These energy balls are a great pre or post workout snack. Great breakfast or snack on the go! They are also great in lunch boxes. Any time I can get extra protein and fiber into my kids – I’m all over it. This week I made another pumpkin recipe and had some leftovers in the fridge that I wanted to use up. I thought energy bites would be awesome. These take about 5 minutes of prep, 30 minutes of chilling and then rolling them out. They keep in the fridge for about two weeks. Bite-sized goodness!

Pumpkin Date Energy Balls
 
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These bite-sized treats have the flavor of pumpkin pie in a protein- and fiber-rich snack.
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Recipe Type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Medjool or fancy dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup of agave, maple syrup or honey (your choice)
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (I used Cabot’s whey protein)
  • Scant ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie seasoning (I use King Arthur Flour’s version)
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 1.5 cups of rolled oats (I use gluten free but you don’t have to)
  • 1 cup of nuts (I used slivered almonds)
Instructions
  1. Into your food processor, add the dates, whatever syrup/honey you decide to use and pumpkin. Plus until the ingredients are pretty much pulverized.
  2. Then add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Run the machine until the dough forms a large ball.
  4. The mixture is a bit wetter and you can add additional oats if needed but it should be tacky.
  5. Scoop out and place the dough into a tupperware container.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30-45 minutes or until it firms up.
  7. Scoop out the dough with a melon baller and roll with your hands into bite-sized balls.
  8. Place back in a tupperware container and store in the fridge or freezer.
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