Pumpkin Energy Balls (Fail!)

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Close up photo of the pumpkin energy balls with the title, “Pumpkin Energy Balls” overlaid in white writing.

Unfortunately, not everything that I try works out. This was definitely one of those times. Proof that I am not infallible (as if I need more of that).

I wanted to make this no-bake energy ball recipe that I found from Hummusapien.  I  bought the ingredients on my way home from work, trying to remember the ingredients off the top of my head.

Well, I didn’t get the apple sauce that the recipe called for. Not wanting my poor planning to get in the way of a good time, I decided to wing it. Naturally.

I used some pumpkin seed nut butter instead. The consistency worked out, and they actually rolled into ball shapes fairly easily.

That said, they did taste a little… funky. And I’m not even sure why. I suspect the Vega Vanilla Protein + Greens powder that I used has something to do with the off taste. Although, now that I have a whole tub of the stuff, stay tuned for a new series: How to mask the terrible taste of Vega Vanilla Protein + Greens. 

All the ingredients that went into the recipe are pictured in a group.

Here’s the recipe I ended up using.

Pumpkin Energy Balls

I don’t recommend using this recipe, but it is a good starting point. With some tweaks it could be quite good. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 9 medjool dates, pitted and softened in a bowl of warm water if hard
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seed nut butter
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Vega Vanilla Protein + Greens)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips


  1. Place the dates, pumpkin seed nut butter, pumpkin, almond milk, and vanilla into a food processor. Blend until puréed, scraping down the sides as needed. 

  2. Add coconut flour, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Blend until a dough is formed. Add more almond milk if the mixture is dry, or add more coconut flour if the mixture is wet. 

  3. Stir in cacao nibs or chocolate chips. Roll into your preferred energy ball size. 

  4. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer. 

Again, take this recipe with a grain of salt. It’s a good base for some sort of energy ball, but my next go around I will definitely be making some changes.

A close up picture of the Pumpkin Energy Balls.

What are some of your favourite energy ball ingredients? Have you ever had a recipe just not work out the way you hoped?

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