No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls

Quick, healthy no-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy balls/bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! They are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.

Oatmeal balls are one of my all time favorite snacks and we make them all the time. I always have a container of some variation of these on hand for quick snacks, easy additions to lunch boxes, and for on-the-go car snacking. Once you start making these you’ll never stop because they are healthy, easy, quick to put together, and store very well.

The bones of this recipe is oats, pumpkin, a nut butter, and honey – everything else you can add to your liking. I love to throw in chia seeds because they help the oat balls stick together well and have some great fats in them. I also add things like coconut flakes or nuts (pecans are delicious) in place of the chocolate chips sometimes. You can really tailor these to suit your taste. I love that they have pumpkin in them too. Hooray for more veggies in life. The pumpkin makes the color of the oatmeal bites so bright and pretty, too.

You can’t go wrong with healthy fats, whole grains, and good carbs packaged in easy-to-grab little bites of fall time heaven. Make these ASAP!

Quick No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.

Tips and Tricks for Making No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls:

  • Chances are, you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a 1/2 cup of those things if you like).
  • You can use old-fashioned or quick oats or a combo of the two, depending on the texture you are going for. Quick oats will yield a softer energy bite and the old-fashioned oats will make them chewier. I used half and half and was really pleased with how they turned out.
  • They are no-bake and store super well. They have been great in lunch boxes, for after-school snacks, as a pre-workout snack at 5 am before weight lifting, and at bedtime when I’m ready for the kids to be in bed but they are suddenly starving. I love having little healthy snacks on hand. These are the perfect boxes to keep these in the fridge, just FYI.
  • If you find your oat balls aren’t sticking together well when rolled, let them chill in the fridge for 20 minutes and try again. If they are too sticky, try adding a few more tablespoons of oats.
  • Looking for other variations of the oatmeal energy bite? I have a huge post with 8 (yes 8!) different combos right here for you.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.
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No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Balls


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bowl
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Quick, healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup quality honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl,a add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Again, it’s ok if it’s a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn’t the goal.
  2. When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.

Notes

  • Chances are, you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a 1/2 cup of those things if you like).
  • You can use old-fashioned or quick oats or a combo of the two, depending on the texture you are going for. Quick oats will yield a softer energy bite and the old-fashioned oats will make them chewier. I used half and half and was really pleased with how they turned out.
  • They are no-bake and store super well. They have been great in lunch boxes, for after-school snacks, as a pre-workout snack at 5 am before weight lifting, and at bedtime when I’m ready for the kids to be in bed but they are suddenly starving. I love having little healthy snacks on hand. These are the perfect boxes to keep these in the fridge, just FYI.
  • If you find your oat balls aren’t sticking together well when rolled, let them chill in the fridge for 20 minutes and try again. If they are too sticky, try adding a few more tablespoons of oats.
  • Looking for other variations of the oatmeal energy bite? I have a huge post with 8 (yes 8!) different combos right here for you.

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This recipe is adapted from and inspired by Clean Eats Crush.

Quick No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.

Having these pumpkin oatmeal energy bites hanging out in your fridge or freezer is going to make you super happy, and I can’t wait to hear how much you like them. I can’t wait for you to try them and enjoy the convenience of having them on hand at your house. These are a great thing to make on a meal prep or food prep day and then enjoy all week long.

Have a great day and enjoy from my kitchen to yours.

PS this recipe is part of PUMPKIN WEEK! (It’s a delicious week!) my friend Emily from One Lovely Life if sharing the most delicious looking baked pumpkin oatmeal. Check out her post today and stay turned for a week of pumpkin deliciousness!

Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.
Healthy No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.
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37 Responses
  1. I made these tonight with some extra pumpkin puree I had and boy, were they yummy. The only thing I changed was the mini chips. All I had were regular semi-sweet chips but they worked out just fine. I made a double batch and the kids are gobbling them up. Thanks so much!

  2. I just made these and they were delicious! I ate a nice chunk of it before they became balls. 🙂 I used 1.5 cups of oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice & a big handful of regular sized chocolate chips and they turned out perfectly.

  3. […] Roll some no-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites! These are every multitasker’s dream come true. They’re no bake which means Mr. Butterball can stay cooking while you prepare this easy pumpkin pie alternative. Not to mention, they’re chock full of energy and the perfect snack to keep your cooking skills up to speed for potato mashing and apple peeling. Full recipe: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/2016/09/no-bake-pumpkin-oatmeal-energy-bites.html […]

  4. Kayla

    So yummy! My son usually eats all the leftover pumpkin, but he didn’t this time and so I went looking for a recipe that had 1/2 cup of pumpkin and these fit that requirement. As another plus I had everything else on hand so I whipped them up super quick and they are so good. These will be a good after school snack. I did use regular size dark chocolate chips and rolled oats that had a quick pulse in the blender. Thank you for the tasty recipe!

  5. deb c

    The 6yr old nephew picked out this recipe…with major supervision, he made them. He says with a massive grin on his face, “A good tasting of flavor!” As he crams the third one in his mouth! I have to agree…… these are tasty little buggers! Thanks a zillion!

  6. PK

    Hi,
    What is the difference between pumpkin puree and a can of pumpkin??? I could only find a can of 100% pumpkin. And I don’t have chai seeds, would flax seed work???
    Thanks,
    PK

    1. Melissa

      Canned pumpkin is pumpkin puree, it’s the same thing. But sometimes you can get pumpkin pie filling in a can and it already has spices (and maybe milk added?) that is what you don’t want. Any canned pumpkin will work great. The flax will work great if you can grind if first (coffee grinder works great). The whole flax is pretty tough to eat and doesn’t help ti to stick together very much, but flax meal works awesome.

  7. Heather

    These are amazing! I made the energy balls and also baked some as cookies! I wanted to use all the pumpkin and in that batch I used pumpkin seeds instead of chia. Turned out to be amazing!

      1. Melissa

        I do think so though you might need to thin it a bit with water or melted coconut oil so everything sticks together! I’d love to hear how it goes if you do try it!

  8. Chanah

    These are fabulous!! I omitted the chia seeds due to not having any on hand. I used Almond Butter as the nut butter. I had semi sweet mini chocolate chips (not dark) on hand so used those. Loved them. I also took some of the left over and baked a few cookies as someone else posted above. I have your recipe pinned. Thanks so much.

  9. Cindi

    Made these today for some thing sugar free for hubby. Usually he doesn’t like pumpkin, but these didn’t have a strong taste of it and he loved them. thank you!

  10. kristy

    This recipe looks great! My son goes to a nut free school, could I leave out the peanut butter? I know can sub a non nut butter, but what if I leave it out completely?

    1. Melissa

      Just a few minutes before you can bite them and maybe a half hour before they are room temperature (they are good cold though!), so you can eat them almost right away.

  11. Elle

    Do you think these could be pressed into a 9×9 pan then cut into 1″ squares? Shaping into balls just takes so much time, lol, and it’s messier than I’d prefer my hands to get.

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