Usually around this time of year, I find myself with WAY more pumpkin than I ever intended to have in my kitchen. I’ve got pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, pumpkin jack-o-lanterns… and I’m not exactly sure what to do with ALL THE PUMPKIN. Well today, I’ve got an easy, cute little solution.
These little pumpkin energy balls take five minutes to make (literally five) and couldn’t be easier. Pumpkin seeds are high in:
- muscle-building protein
- digestion-loving fiber
- heart-healthy magnesium
- immune-boosting zinc.
I have even used pumpkin seeds for seed cycling, a natural way to help regulate the female cycle, support hormone balance, and boost fertility (not high on my list YET but if you’re looking for that kinda thing 😉).
A pro tip is to use sprouted seeds, because they’re easier to digest, and as you know, you’re not what you eat — you’re what you DIGEST because that’s what your body actually absorbs. You can accomplish this same thing by soaking nuts in water before eating, but I personally don’t always have time to add that extra step, so it just takes one step out of the process when it comes to eating healthy. You can get a sample here for free, if you’d like.
Ok, so ready for some pumpkin energy ball action?
Pumpkin Energy Balls Recipe
- ¾ c. creamy almond butter or peanut butter
- ½ c. pumpkin puree
- 1 ¼ c. gluten-free rolled oats
- 3 T. real maple syrup
- ½ c. pumpkin seeds
1. In a large bowl, stir first 4 ingredients together.
2. Form into little balls with your hands.
3. Roll in pumpkin seeds for a yummy crunch.
I personally recommend taste-testing before you begin rolling into the balls, because then you can gauge whether you want more pumpkin, less peanut butter, more sweetness, etc. See, wasn’t that easy? 😊
For more fall recipes, check out the 2018 Fall Meal Plan.