Pumpkin Energy Balls Recipe (with date fruit and cranberries!)

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Do you love pumpkin pie, just not all the sugar? Are you looking for a healthy Fall snack? Something you can make ahead and eat throughout the week? Then you will love these healthy pumpkin energy balls.

Energy balls are a great healthy freezer snack that requires no baking and can made in about 10 to 15 minutes. They pack a ton of nutrients into one little bite, with just enough sweetness to indulge your sugar cravings.

The awesome thing is that because this pumpkin energy bites recipe contains NO added sugar, you don’t have to feel guilty if you indulge in a bunch in one sitting!

Check out all our Fall recipes while you are here!

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Ingredients for Healthy Pumpkin Balls

This is a super simple recipe to make. All you need is a few basic ingredients and kitchen tools.

Tools needed:

These are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:

This healthy pumpkin balls recipe tastes really similar to the flavors of pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, or pumpkin bread.

Because there is no added sugar, the sweetness comes from the date fruit (natural sugars) and the dried cranberries (which do have some added sugar).

For the walnuts, we used walnut halves, but you can also use walnut pieces if you prefer.

You can use any type of date fruit for this recipe, just fill a 1 cup measuring cup and press down to determine how many. However, this recipe was originally made with Deglet Noor dates. If you make it with Medjool dates, please let us know in the comments how they come out for you.

How to make healthy pumpkin energy balls?

The easy part of this pumpkin energy balls recipe is that you just dump all the ingredients into the food processor.

Then blend until smooth. The dough will be a little sticky.

Remove the blade and scrape down. To make clean up easier, just dump the cranberries into the food processor and mix well with a spatula.

Next scoop with a rounded tablespoon (or mini ice cream scoop) onto a parchment lined flat baking sheet.

I find parchment works nicely because the energy bites don’t stick and you can just throw it away afterwards. But you could also use a silicon liner if you prefer.

Finally place your pan flat in the freezer for 15 to 30 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, the pumpkin energy bites are less sticky and about perfect texture to bite into. At the 30 minute mark, you will have a harder bite good for storing for later.

Store these pumpkin energy bites in gallon ziplock bag or large storage container for up the 3 months in the freezer. Let sit out about 5 minutes before enjoying for a delicious and healthy snack.

No time or energy to bake? Order some of these energy bites! They are sooo good and filled with good for you ingredients.

Why pumpkin date balls are good for pregnant moms?

If you are a pregnant mom, this is a great pregnancy snack!

Date fruit is a pregnancy superfood. Eating 6 dates a day is one of the easy ways to prepare your body for labor. Check out more ways to eat dates during pregnancy.

The walnuts in these pumpkin bits are a good source of omega 3’s and antioxidants. The pumpkin is a good source of fiber which can ease pregnancy constipation.

The coconut oil and chia seeds also provide added nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy.

You might also want to try these pregnancy energy balls made with date fruit.

Why are pumpkin energy balls good for breastfeeding moms?

Just like during pregnancy, moms need lots of nutrients while breastfeeding to help have a plentiful milk supply.

Pumpkin is actually a food that has been shown to boost milk supply making this recipe a great breastfeeding snack that we could even call pumpkin lactation balls.

The oatmeal and coconut oil in these pumpkin energy balls are also foods that increase milk supply.

A few of these bites would go nicely with this pumpkin lactation smoothie too! Make sure to check out all our healthy pumpkin lactation recipes for breastfeeding moms while you are here.

More Fall Recipes

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Pumpkin Energy Balls

Pumpkin Energy Balls

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Healthy pumpkin bites with date fruit, walnuts, cranberries, chia, coconut oil and oatmeal filled with fall flavors.


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup date fruit
  • 1/3 cup Oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries


    1. All all ingredients, except the cranberries to the food processor.
    2. Blend until smooth (3-5 mins)
    3. Remove the blade from food processor and scrape down with a spatula.
    4. Add the cranberries and gently mix in with the spatula.
    5. Use a rounded tbsp, or a mini ice scoop, to shape into small balls.
    6. Freeze for 15-30 minutes before enjoying.


  1. You can use any type of date fruit for this recipe, just fill a 1 cup measuring cup pressed down to determine how many. This recipe was originally made with Deglet Noor dates.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

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