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Pumpkin Energy Bites

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Pumpkin Energy Bites! The BEST easy fall snack. Made with simple ingredients like oats, pumpkin, almond butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin seeds.

Hold on, hold on. I'm envisioning a perfect fall snack.

It has pumpkin, oats, maple, chia seeds, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, sea salt, and cinnamon all packed together in a densely-textured nutritional powerhouse bomb. It's just sweet enough, and it slightly resembles cookie dough, but with more of a fall cookie flavor and more of a feel-good healthy body buzz.

It requires no baking and no chopping. It's made in 15 minutes and easily stored in the fridge or freezer for easy grab-a-ball-and-go level snackage.

It can be a breakfast, snack, or two-bite dessert.

And also, as much as we love them, it's made with zero dates.

Are you into this or ARE YOU INTO THIS?

How To Make Pumpkin Energy Bites

Ready? Put everything in your food processor.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Energy Bites in a food processor.

Blend it up. Add chocolate chips because joy is important, too.

Pumpkin Energy Bites blended in a food processor.

Roll it into balls. Freeze, refrigerate, do whatever you do.

Pumpkin Energy Bites arranged on a baking sheet.

Okay, that's all. I'm serious. Pumpkin Energy Bites + Hungry Fall You is a winning combo that was made for such a time as this.

Pumpkin Energy Bite with bite taken out.

Slightly sticky, dense, seedy, chocolate chippy, super healthy, and just the right amount of cinnamony maple sweetness. Fine, Pumpkin Energy Bites, YOU WIN.

More Energy Bites

In case you didn't know, my love for salty sweet energy bites of happiness runs deep and wide. Check out these Cookie Dough Energy Bites (yes, COOKIE DOUGH), Carrot Cake Bites, and Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites for all your snack emergency needs.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Pumpkin Energy Bites:

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Pumpkin Energy Bites

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 25-30 bites 1x


The Best Pumpkin Energy Bites! Made with oats, pumpkin, almond butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin seeds. Naturally sweet, super healthy!


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Pulse all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor until well-mixed.
  2. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few more times until they are in small pieces.
  3. Scoop mixture and roll into balls. Freeze until solid and store in the freezer or refrigerator. 


Cinnamon vs. Pumpkin Pie Spice: I actually prefer this with straight cinnamon because I'm not a huge fan of the nutmeg that is often found in pumpkin pie spice. Just do whatever your heart feels!

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter: Really I think any type of nut or seed butter would work here! It's just about the flavor you want. I liked peanut butter the best and I didn't feel like it was overly peanut buttery. 

Honey vs. Maple Syrup: Both work really well. Maple syrup is great if you want to keep it vegan. My favorite was 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup maple syrup - best of both worlds. 🙂 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: energy bite, pumpkin energy bite, pumpkin snack, pumpkin recipe, healthy snack

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    This look delicious! Would it work if I just left out the chia seeds, or should I replace them with something? (I’ve found they really upset my stomach!)

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        These sound so good!
        Can I make my own pumpkin purée – I don’t find canned purée where I live.

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    I ALSO find that my dislike of nutmeg is a barrier to entry for most pumpkin spice treats so, thank you, I feel so seen.

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      This is so good! I totally forgot to pick up pumpkin seeds but I had raw walnuts in the house and used those instead and it seemed to work out fine. I ate a lot of the batter before freezing.

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    Can’t wait to try these tonight! Any tips on defrosting? I plan on likely keeping them in the freezer the whole time. If I take them out of the freezer around 8am on my way to work do they need to pop back in the fridge when I get to the office? Just wondering how to best defrost for easy snacking. Thanks!

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    Made these last night and they are incredible! I didn’t have any vanilla extract on hand, so I added vanilla protein powder and they are exactly what I had hoped they’d be – so tasty and healthy!

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    This looks awesome. What kind of oats are used in this? Instant?…quick cooking?…old fashioned?…steel-cut?

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    I love that these don’t have dates! I’m put off by so many of these “ball” recipes because of my dislike for them. I’m going to grab all the stuff to make a batch of these this weekend!

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    Just made these! They’re SO good. The texture is almost like cookie dough. I used peanut butter but it is not overpowering at all. I opted for pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon because I’m all in on fall flavors. I did not add chocolate chips to the mix so that my vegan friends could eat them (also used maple syrup, not honey, for this reason). I did, however, melt chocolate and drizzle it on top of half of them. I left the other half naked. Chocolate is everything to me but these babies are delicious with or without it

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    I love your recipes! The rest are always the best. I’m a simple girl from Houston, TX and I have recently started a YouTube channel called Gourmet Slay with Tiny T. It targets beginner cooks or anyone looking for a simple meal. Your recipes have truly inspired me. Thanks good your hard work!

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    These are amazing!!!! i used the maple syrup and peanut butter. Very moist and delicious!!!

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    I made these into bars instead of bites and they are incredible! Really easy to make and I love the taste and texture. I went with peanut butter and would agree that the flavor is not overpowering. A snack time win!

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    I made these as instructed and they are amazing! I’ve been searching for a lactation “cookie” recipe that was still healthy, and given that the base of this is oats, I think I may adjust it second time around and use flax instead of chia and toss in some brewers yeast. So excited to try this way! Thank you for the awesome recipes!!

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    These look great – and no coconut! I’m going to whip up a batch, heavy on the pumpkin seeds. Thanks for the great recipe

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        For anyone who doesn’t own a food processor – I made these by grinding up the dry ingredients in a blender (first oats by themselves, then the seeds together, then the chocolate chips for a few pulses), then I mixed all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in a bowl with a spatula. It worked great! I actually liked the texture better than when I made these at my mom’s house using here food processor.