I haven’t tested a new energy ball recipe in a while. These Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls reflect what I’ve been up to these days and what’s on my mind food-wise.
It’s full-on pumpkin season, so there’s that. I also visited the Wonderful Pistachio company last month and I’ve been itching to make something delicious with pistachios.
Normally you would think of using walnuts or pecans with pumpkin, so I was excited to see how pistachios would taste. Let me tell you, these little guys are delicious. They literally taste like little bites of pumpkin pie. They’re super moist with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. This batch only made 9 balls and they are going pretty quickly over here!
I’d like to think these little bites are healthy, too. I never use added sugar in my energy balls, just Medjool dates for the base. They’re super simple to make, you can whip these up in less than 15 minutes. I think it took me longer to clean my food processor than it did to make these pumpkin bites. I used pistachios inside the dough and coated on top. Pistachios are full of good fats and fiber. In fact, 90% of the fat in pistachios is the healthy kind.
Pumpkin itself is healthy, too. It’s full of the antioxidant beta carotene, as well as fiber and minerals. Am I selling you yet that these sinfully delicious snacks are healthy? I hope so!
I store my no bake energy balls in the freezer (I like them to be super cold), but you can also keep them in the fridge. I think these Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls would be lovely as a morning or afternoon snack with a warm mug of tea. They’re also Nourish-friendly, which is an added bonus!
Here’s how I made them:
Pumpkin Pistachio Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup raw pistachio pieces
- 1/4 cup raw cashew pieces
- 10 Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Place 1/4 cup pistachios in the food processor and ground until resembles coarse sand. Remove from bowl and set aside. Then add cashews and remaining 1/4 cup pistachios into the food processor and process until well ground. Add dates and remaining ingredients. Process until well combined and smooth. Taste for flavor and adjust as needed. Roll into balls (warning, dough will be sticky) and place each ball into the bowl of pistachios, coating fully. Store in freezer or fridge. Makes 9 good size balls.