Spooky season snack recipe: pumpkin energy balls

It is the tenth week of the semester and after all of my midterms, I am completely exhausted. I am sure all of you are too, so I have decided to share one of my favorite energy-infused snacks for the fall. Below is a no-bake recipe for pumpkin energy balls that will help get you through the remaining six weeks of the semester. 

The original recipe called for:

1 cup of old-fashioned oats 

2 scoops of plant-based protein powder 

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon 

2 teaspoons of Truvia

1 cup of pumpkin puree 

2 tablespoons of miniature chocolate chips 

If you are living in a dorm room, you probably do not have access to a lot of these items. I modified the recipe to make it easier for those living in the residence halls. I also took out the miniature chocolate chips and used honey instead of Truvia. This is a plant-based protein ball, and the recipe does advise to not use any other kind because it will not stick the same. If you don’t have access to plant protein, use non-whey protein instead

Modified version 

Serving size: 6 energy balls



1 cup of oats

2 scoops of plant-based protein powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of honey

1 cup of pumpkin puree 


In a bowl, mix together the oats, protein and cinnamon. Stir in the pumpkin puree and honey. If the honey is difficult to mix in, heat it up for a few seconds. 

Split the mixture into 30 even balls. Put balls on a plate and refrigerate until hardened. 

Nutrition information per serving (6 energy balls): Around 132 calories and nine grams of protein