Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin waffles … ’tis the season, and I’m not stopping! I absolutely adore pumpkin and secretly get excited that we all get that extra boost of the beautiful orange food when we add it in. Today’s take is another one that’s super easy to make and one that I know you’re gonna love: kid-friendly pumpkin energy balls. 

Kid-friendly pumpkin energy balls

Why Pumpkin Energy Balls?

I know, I know – there are so many energy balls out there, right? So why another one? Here’s what I love about these:

  • The recipe has minimal ingredients.
  • Kids can assemble these pumpkin energy balls; in fact my 12 year-old just made our last batch!
  • These are school-friendly and contain no nuts.
  • How many energy balls have vegetables within? These pumpkin energy balls do!
  • Oh yeah, they’re perfect for when you have just a bit of pumpkin left over in the can. Here’s a great way to use it up.

Important ingredients for Pumpkin Energy Balls

  • Quick oats make these easier to chew, IMO. These sprouted quick oats are my FAVE. Rolled oats are fine if that’s what you have on hand.
  • I love these mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips because of their minimal, real food ingredients.
  • Make sure to use canned pumpkin (I like to use organic) and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Sun butter ensure’s that it’s nut-free and friendly to schools that are as well. 
  • Don’t skimp on the pepitas. They are an added pop of protein and totally fitting for these pumpkin energy balls!
5 from 1 vote
Kid-friendly pumpkin energy ball recipe
Kid-friendly Pumpkin Energy Balls
Prep Time
10 mins
cooling time before rolling
30 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Kid-friendly pumpkin energy balls are easy to make, and include simple, real food ingredients. They are allergy-friendly and a wholesome, healthy snack.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy ball, healthy snack
Servings: 14
Calories: 86 kcal
  1. Use a spoon to mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes (or longer).

  2. Remove from the fridge and form balls with your hands. They don't roll very easily, but instead you may have to squeeze them into the shape that you want them.

  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Kid-friendly Pumpkin Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1360IU27%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

kid-friendly pumpkin energy balls

These pumpkin energy balls are so festive and nutritious at the same time. They are easy to make, and perfect for sticking in school lunch boxes, for enjoying pre- or post-workout, or anytime you feel a snack attack coming on. LMK in the comments below if you make them! 


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