Your favorite seasonal latte just got a makeover! These Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Energy Balls made with pureed pumpkin, oatmeal and pumpkin spice will keep you satisfied all season long.
I couldn’t possibly do a whole weak of energy ball flavors and NOT include a pumpkin version. Especially not in October when god forbid I should post a recipe without pumpkin. Energy ball week put a bit of a kink in that plan.
More importantly than including a pumpkin energy ball recipe is including a recipe that does not require you to whip out your food processor. By now you know I’m a big fan of date-based energy balls and if not, please read yesterday’s post. The one downside to my preference for dates is that the do indeed require a food processor.
Now if you own a food processor you probably don’t think this is a big deal. You take the food processor out, press go and let it do it’s work, but if I travel back in time to me pre-food processor days (BFD if you will) I remember thinking “ughhhhh why does everyone have to use a food processor in their recipes?”
My only piece of advice to you is that you will 100% get it once you own one.
…but that’s completely unhelpful advice if you don’t have the space or budget to buy one.
In place of dates, I used brown rice syrup which we’ve discussed in the past is a great substitute for dates in energy ball recipes. It’s sticky as heck (seriously, trying to wipe this stuff off the counter is a workout) and packs a lot of sweetness for such a little amount. Just taking about it makes me wonder why I don’t use it more often.
Another thing that I love about this recipe is how customizable it can be. Substitute applesauce (try my slow cooker applesauce) or banana for pumpkin and pumpkin spice for any other spice and you’ve got yourself a custom-made energy ball.
But please for goodness sake do NOT try to substitute the brown rice syrup. Literally anytime I make a recipe using brown rice syrup I can at least one comment/text/email from someone who tried to substitute it with honey/agave/maple syrup and the recipe failed. My friends, instructions exist for a reason. On occasion it may actually be in your benefit to follow them!
Unless you’re like me and never follow directions in which case…start a blog.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until they come together in a sticky ball.
- Wet hands under water and then roll dough into 16 balls.
- Place in freezer for 15 minutes before storing in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Not a pumpkin-spice kind of person? Check out Fit Foodie Finds’ recipe for Healthy Snickers Energy Balls to round out day #5 of Energy Ball Week and be sure to share your creations on Instagram with us!
Do you own a food processor? Are you as obsessed with it as I am? Recipe-follower, yay or nay?
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