BASIC ALERT -- Pumpkin spice season is in full force and yes, we are gladly partaking in the festivities. Whether you are meal prepping for the week, attending a basic AF pumpkin spice themed party, or just craving to stuff your face with something that will make you feel more festive, these No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy balls are major, major key. If you hate cooking these are beyond perfect for you because all you have to do is mush all the ingredients together and separate the concoction into balls. Prep time? Not even a thing.
Take a second to look at this deliciousness.. Yes, it's real.
Before we get into the recipe, let's review the benefits of these ingredients.
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: OMG CARBS! Yes, carbs are good for you, especially this kind of carb. Old fashioned rolled oats are made from whole grain which can help reduce your risk of diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease. They are full of fiber which help keep you fuller longer and avoid cravings throughout the day. Carbs help give you energy for your workouts so eating oatmeal before training can help improve your performance.
Peanut Butter: As if we needed more excuses to eat this delicious snack... Peanut butter has healthy fats that should be included (in small doses), in your daily diet. Consuming it in recipes like this one helps to prevent you from over eating it, and makes you feel fuller because of the carbs to go along with it. (Who doesn't love heaping spoonfuls of this ish?!)
Pumpkin Puree: Try to go for the natural, un-canned stuff, but even if you can't, pumpkin puree has many benefits. One cup of Pumpkin Puree has about 80-100 calories, that's pretty low-cal considering that it is full of the amazing fiber and will keep satisfied for long periods of time! It is also full of vitamin A and iron which help support your vision and body in many ways!
Chia Seeds: More healthy fats? Yes, Please. You probably already know a lot about this superfood but in summation, chia seeds contain a lot of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein which also help keep you fuller longer! They aid in preventing skin aging, promote digestive and heart health, and boost your metabolism. Get it, little seeds!
Raw, Unfiltered Honey: Yeah, sugar is bad.. live a little. Allegedly, honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. I'm not going to make pretend that honey consumption is the best, but it will make your pumpkin balls taste good, so do it.
Vanilla Extract: This guy has antioxidant properties too!
Cinnamon: OMG MORE ANTIOXIDANTS! Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help your body in many ways including the decreased risk of heart disease. It is proven to lower blood sugar levels, and it also helps to protect against bacteria in your mouth, promoting dental hygiene.
Yield: 15 small balls
Calories per serving: 80
1.5 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/4 C Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 C Pumpkin Puree
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 C Raw and Unfiltered Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon or Pumpkin Spice Powder
Directions: Mix everything together and separate into 1-inch balls! (We used a huge heaping tablespoon to scoop out the concoction to get them to about the same size).