Honey and nut no-bake pumpkin energy balls

I’m teaming up with Ricolaยฎ Herb & Throat drops, as part of a campaign with Socialstars, to bring you this honey recipe for National Honey Month.

This was my first time creating no-bake bites, and it will not be my last. Today, I’ve got for you a super simple and tasty recipe, not only fit for the fall season, but also perfectly timed for National Honey Month in September. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m excited to bring to you “Honey and Nut No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls” … (try saying that three times fast) …

Honey and Nut No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Ball Recipe via A Lady Goes West blog

Honey and Nut No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Balls

I was really happy with how these little nibbles turned out. They are healthy and delicious. And here are a few reasons why I think you will like these too …

  • There are minimal ingredients.
  • There is no baking involved.
  • There is no need for a food processor or a blender.
  • There are plenty of ways to make substitutions.
  • They are seasonal with the lovely addition of pumpkin.
  • They feature honey, which is a natural energy booster and sweetener.

As far as substitutions go — you can use any type of nut butter for this recipe, whether that’s peanut butter, almond butter or even a crunchy nut butter. You can also use any type of nut that you prefer. While I went with almonds, I think pecans and/or walnuts would be delicious as well.

Making no-bake energy balls is as easy as pie

To start, measure out all the ingredients …

Honey and nut no-bake pumpkin energy balls ingredients via A Lady Goes West

All you’re going to need is …

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter 
  • 1/4 pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup chopped almonds (or pecans)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

Then you mix everything together …

Honey and nut no-bake pumpkin energy ball instructions via A Lady Goes West

Then you let the mixture cool in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to harden up a bit …

Honey and nut no-bake pumpkin energy balls

Then you mold the mixture into little balls, about one-inch in diameter each (and yes, you can use your hands for this, because I sure did) …

Honey and nut no-bake pumpkin energy balls recipe

Then you put the balls in a covered dish back in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy them, and that’s that. I was surprised how easy it was to make these and will certainly be trying new combinations in the future.

This recipe makes about 15-18 balls, depending on how big you make them. While I didn’t calculate the calorie count, it seems like the equivalent of three balls makes a small granola bar, give or take a bit. So you’re probably looking at three-to-four days worth of snacks with just one batch. But honestly, you can never eat just one …

Dave and I have been enjoying these no-bake balls this week as snacks, as well as the perfectly sized little bites before an early morning gym session. I hope you like them too!

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Introducing the new honey flavor Dual Action Honey Lemon Drops

While honey is a tasty all-natural sweetener in recipes like these no-bake balls, it’s also a helpful ingredient in products designed to make you feel better. In fact, I was inspired to create my Honey and Nut No-Bake Energy Balls because of the fact that honey is so good for you. 

And speaking of honey, as a Ricola Ambassador, I’ve recently been introduced to the new Honey Lemon flavor of the brand’s popular Dual Action Drops. Armed with honey as an active ingredient, these drops provide all-in-one relief from coughing and sore throats, which are some of the most prominent pesky ailments associated with cold and flu season. 

Honey energy balls and Ricola Dual Action Honey Lemon Drops via A Lady Goes West

These drops are made from Ricola’s famed natural herbs grown in the Swiss alps and feature a combination of soothing natural menthol and honey lemon syrup. And being that I work in gyms and am constantly touching people and high-traffic equipment, I plan to have these on hand at all times to keep any symptoms at bay as we enter the fall and winter. If you’re in need as well, look out for the new Dual Action Honey Lemon Drops hitting shelves in October.

There you have it! Honey is delicious in no-bake recipes and is also a soothing ingredient in natural medicine. A powerful thing. That’s it for today, my friends! Have a lovely and sweet day!

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*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company, its rich history and the product line available throughout this campaign. So thanks Ricola. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.

Questions of the day

What’s your favorite way to use honey?

Have you made anything with pumpkin yet for the season?


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    1. You’re welcome, Courtney! Glad I finally jumped on the “no-bake ball” bandwagon … assuming there is one of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ hahah Happy Tuesday!

  1. I’m kind of weird about honey. I had to take one of my big meds (when I’m really sick) in honey in order to mask the taste, so I’ve kind of overdosed on it! But that said, there are times when it is just perfect!

    1. That’s how I felt about these, Stacie. If only I could combine white wine and salmon, then these would REALLY have all of my favorite things hahha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I made pumpkin fudge which was awesome! I definitely am into all things pumpkin already so this recipe is a must for me! It will be a great replacement for my dateballs!

  3. Hi Ashley! Are you a fan of Larabars? If you are, you must try this easy recipe for energy bites. These ones do require a food processor or blender though … but it’s worth it because they taste fabulous!!

    Peanut Cup Energy Bites
    Serves: 15

    1 cup dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
    3 Tbsp all natural salted peanut or almond butter
    1/4 cup choc. chips
    1 Tbsp chia seeds
    2/3 cup oats

    Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until theyโ€™re in small pieces or it forms a ball.
    Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined.
    Carefully roll into 1-inch balls. Should yield 14-15 balls.
    Pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term storage.

  4. Yum! Can’t wait to make these! I love honey – I use it in lots of different recipes. I have been making pumpkin protein pancakes for the last 4 or so mornings – love anything pumpkin!

  5. They look great. I am laughing because I keep thinking about the Ricola commercials. Then I saw that they used chia seeds and now the Chia pet commercials are making me laugh. I guess that shows my age. I will give these a try. I like honey pretty much straight out of the bottle.

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe!! I’m sharing it with my girls this Friday at my Fit Moms Rock workshop!! I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes to share with my ladies! I printed this off with the link to your site. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and I LOVE any and all things pumpkin!!!! Keep up the great tips and recipes!

    1. Well thanks so much, Jess! I really appreciate you sharing this with your Fit Moms! I’m almost done eating my first batch. Have a lovely day, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love energy balls and these look delicious for fall! I have yet to make anything pumpkin-flavored, but this week I’ll be working on a pumpkin and coconut parfait with gingersnap granola for the blog… can’t say I’m not looking forward to taste testing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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