These Pumpkin Spice Pistachio Energy Balls are packed with heart-healthy ingredients like pumpkin, almond butter, pistachios, oats, flaxseed, and chia seeds and are sure to give you an extra little boost of energy and happiness any time of day!
Welp, I guess it's time to admit the fall season is here. There's a definite chill here in New England and I have some incredibly strong mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand, I'm not ready to let go of summer, even if the summer of 2020 was like none I've ever experienced before. One the other hand, there's something about a cool morning with a hot cup of coffee. And apples. And pumpin.
So, despite the fact that I'm still holding onto hope we'll get a few more 80 degree days this summer, I'm fully jumping into fall recipe creation. Starting with these pumpkin spice pistachio energy balls.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
With the shorter days (wah) and busy work and back to school school schedules, you know you're going to need a little extra energy come 3:00 p.m. And what better way to get it with that seasonal pumpkin spice flavor?
These energy balls are the perfect mid-day snack. They're incredibly easy (and quick!) to make and are easy to store in the fridge or freezer to grab whenever you need a pick-me-up.
One of the best things about making your own energy balls is that you can really add anything you want to them! Below is what I added into my pumpkin energy balls, but you can substitute many of the ingredients based on what you have on hand and what you like.
If you prefer peanut butter over almond butter, you can use that. You can substitute honey for the maple syrup, pecans for pistachios, etc., etc.
The fall sprinkles are totally optional (but I think so fun!).
- Old-fashioned oats
- Pumpkin puree
- Almond butter
- Finely chopped pistachios
- Ground flaxseed
- Maple syrup
- Chia seeds
- Fall sprinkles
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground ginger
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Pistachio Energy Balls
If you've never made them before you should know that energy balls are seriously the easiest snack to make ever. All you do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Look at all that healthy goodness! (and sprinkles).
And stir together until well combined.
If you'd rather use a stand mixer, that will make it even easier to combine all the ingredients together.
Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized balls. Or really balls of any size you want. Heck, you could make a giant energy ball if you wanted (but that might get awkward).
You can enjoy the pumpkin spice pistachio energy balls right away. But I like to chill them for a bit before digging in.
How to Store
These energy bars keep really well! Just store them in an airtight container in the fridge and they should last for 7-10 days.
But you can also store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. You may want to let them sit at room temperature for a little while before eating them... But they're also kind of fun frozen.
So now when you're feeling that 3:00 p.m. slump, you know what to do.
Get in the fall spirit and break out the pumpkin spice! But instead of eating cookies or cupcakes or another pumpkin dessert, you're also packing in a whole lot of nutrition.
I might even try to replace my late afternoon coffee with a couple pumpkin spice pistachio energy ball. Orrr I might just eat them WITH my afternoon coffee.
Whatever gets us through the afternoon slump, right?
More Fun Pumpkin Recipes
If you're looking for more ways to incorporate pumpkin spice in your life in a delicious/not artificial way, I've got plenty of pumpkin recipes for you! Here are some of my favorites:
- Pumpkin Pie Applesauce
- Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Cream Cheese Filling
- Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Spice Linzer Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Pumpkin Chicken Meatballs
- Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
- Red Wine Pumpkin Chili
- Pumpkin Trifle (from Amanda's Cookin')
- Pumpkin Spice Turtle Cake (from Grandbaby Cakes)
I love this combination of healthy grains, pumpkin, almond butter, and fall spices. And the sprinkles. I told you they were kind of necessary. If summer is going to end, we may as well make it fun.
I hope these pumpkin spice energy balls help you say goodbye to summer and greet fall with open arms!
If you're looking for more fun energy balls to snack on this fall (and all year round!), try my Strawberry Funfetti Energy Bites. And for another delicious snack to keep you going throughout the day, try my Quinoa Granola with Dark Chocolate Pomegranate. I also can't wait to try these Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites from Serving Up Simplicity!
How do you usually get an extra boost of afternoon energy?
Pumpkin Spice Pistachio Energy Balls
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup finely chopped pistachios
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup maple syrup (can substitute with honey)
- 1 ½ Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 ½ Tbsp fall sprinkles, optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together until well combined (you can use a stand mixer if you have one).
- Roll the mixture into golf ball-sized balls.
- Place energy bites in an airtight container and keep stored in the fridge for 7-10 days. You can store in the freezer for about 6 months.
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