This recipe post has been revised and updated from it’s original version (Nov 2014).
I am in love.
Yes, with my husband and children, first and foremost, but then with these delectable pumpkin beauties.
My Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls, formerly known as Thank”slimming” Pumpkin Bites, are simple to prepare and pack a WHOLE lot of flavor.
These flavorful energy bites will quickly get you into the “fall spirit”. You know falling leaves, sweaters, and of course, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?
These bites fulfill the autumn flavor quota with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and molasses being the stars of this recipe.
A truly comforting and delectable flavor profile if you ask me. 🙂
I have served these many many times and my family and friends always ask for the recipe!
There is just something about the poignant pumpkin flavor, richness of the molasses, and sweetness of the dates that combine into the most delicious little bites of fall.
Keep in mind though…they are only “slimming” (remember their catchy former title?) if you have 1-2 “bites”! Almonds, dates, and honey pack a whole lot of energy. If you aren’t using that energy on a refreshing fall hike or raking leaves, your jeans might start to rebel. 😉These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites are the perfect fall snack! Click To Tweet
True pumpkin lovers will want to double this recipe! If you are anything like me, you will eat half the mixture right out of the food processor and then be disappointed when tomorrow comes and you only have 2 bites left. True story. Ya, my jeans hate me. Ha!
I toss a few frozen bites in lunchboxes because they are thawed and ready to eat by snack time!
Seeing as we are in the mood for fall around here, I thought I would share a few more of my favorite recipes!
Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these donuts! Top them with a maple cream cheese, drizzle of maple coconut butter, or a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
If you have leftover turkey, this recipe will fulfill all of your fall salad dreams. 😉 It has a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg…like…ahhhmazing!
This is your go-to fall breakfast especially if you have anyone with food allergies. It is “free” of everything (sugar, dairy, gluten, and grains) yet tastes like a rich bread pudding.
I am so thankful that my best friend, Sarah, makes these for me each year! It is like our unspoken rule that these have to be in my diet starting Dec. 1st.
Curry is one of my favorites and this simple recipe makes the most of your leftover turkey. There is even a secret ingredient that makes this recipe dynamite!
Okay, onto these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls!
Oh, and be sure to check out this guide, 121 Delicious Healthy Snacks For Every Type of Snacker! You can search for healthy snacks depending on the amount of calories, fat, sugar, or allergens that you are concerned about. You have to check out their simple Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey snack recipe. YUMMO!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
- 1 cup pitted and dried dates
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup almonds (see notes)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- In food processor, add dates, honey, molasses, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Process on low until ingredients are well blended.
- Add in remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture forms into a ball. You can swap out the chocolate chips for the dried cranberries or add both for an extra dose of sweetness!
- Roll into small balls (think size of a large grape) and store in the fridge for a couple weeks or freezer for months.