Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

September 24, 2012 by Ali

Of all the recipe posts on Gimme Some Oven, my #1 most viewed post ever (thanks to you all and Pinterest) continues to be these No-Bake Energy Bites. And for good reason! These little guys continue to be one of my personal favorites, as well as one of the most requested snacks by my friends and family. And I love recipes like this that can double as breakfasts, snacks or even a quick dessert!

So for a fun twist this autumn, thought that it would be fun to celebrate the season and make some Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites! I was so excited to try these, and after throwing in a little of this and a little of that, was thrilled with the results. These little bites remind me a lot of my favorite fruit and nut bars. But the best part is that they are super easy to make homemade, packed with protein and ingredients you can feel good about, they are vegetarian and vegan (if you swap some agave for honey), and of course…they are delicious!

And I’m happy to say that the name holds true. The recipe not only calls for pumpkin spices and some pumpkin puree (which is perfect if you have leftovers from a can after making pumpkin bread), but I’m also excited to feature one of my other favorite fall ingredients — toasted pumpkin seeds! If you don’t have any on hand, you’re welcome to substitute in any other nuts or seeds. But I love the extra crunch and flavor that the little pepitas added to these bites. Thankfully the other ingredients all came together wonderfully too, making these healthy little bites the perfect mixture of sweet and slightly salty that everyone will love.

Cheers to pumpkin treats you can feel good about enjoying this season!

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 25 1-inch balls


  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Ali’s Tip: If you feel like adding a little extra sweetness, these would also be great with some cinnamon or white chocolate chips tossed in.

You should be able to find chia or flax seeds in the health section of your local grocery store. But if not, you can also order chia seeds and flax seeds online.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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111 thoughts on “Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

  1. Yummy. Made these and my 11 year old daughter loves them. I am happy!!

    - Denise Hicks

  2. These are so good. I couldn’t find dates, so I just used dried cranberries. I couldn’t stop licking the spoon, it is just so good! Perfect sweet and salty fall flavour. My friends and family can’t stop asking for me to make them some! I had a lot of extra ingredients, including the pumpkin pie filling, which I just froze for the next batch I make. Give this recipe 5 stars!

    - Alex

  3. Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 65 g
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 103Calories from Fat 37
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 4.1g6%
    Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 0mg0%
    Sodium 2mg0%
    Potassium 151mg4%
    Total Carbohydrates 15.7g5%
    Dietary Fiber 2.0g8%
    Sugars 9.0g
    Protein 2.5g
    Vitamin A 8% • Vitamin C 1%
    Calcium 1% • Iron 10%
    Nutrition Grade B
    * Based on a 2000 calorie diet

    - Karen

  4. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I love it!!! I just used agave instead of honey and it came out yummy!! Thanks this is my new favorite snack!!

    - Maria

  5. I cannot wait to try these, I make the Energy Bites all the time and my family loves them, I am excited to try it with the pumpkin puree and the seeds. thanks for the recipe

    - Colleen Cota

  6. CAn you replace the honey with stevia and more pumpkin or nut butter?

    - Kieran

  7. These are even more delicious than the original ones! I used dried blueberries instead of dates, and they are still incredible! My only complaint is that they don’t stick together as well as the original recipe. Maybe I’ll add more honey next time…

    - Katie

  8. Is it possible to get a calorie count on these pumpkin no bake bites?

    - Lorraine

    • Thanks a great recipe to use in my nutrition class this week. Would love to get nutrition on this recipe.
      _Barb-certified Health Coach

      - barb

  9. These were awesome! My only thought is that they seemed too sweet. Would you lessen the honey or the dates?

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    - Melissa Smith

  10. Is there something I could subsitute for the coconut?

    - Cait

  11. I loved your first recipe and can not wait to try these :)

    - Regina Lockwood

  12. YUM! I made these and posted them on to Dinner Happy. They were delicious! I couldn’t help adding the tiniest bit of peanut butter though…

    - Cooking on Broadway

  13. Oh my word!! These are sooo yummy! Thank you for this yummy, healthy, and creative recipe! (I just wish I didn’t have to figure out the nutrition facts..)

    - Julia

  14. Hello, I came across this recipe through pinterest. I was wondering if I can freeze them and for how long? I was planning on making them for Mother’s Day gifts this coming Sunday. Please, let me know! Thanks. email: orangesumr@yahoo.com

    - Stephanie

  15. They were awesome !! Just one note, when you get the pumpkins seeds make sure they are baked but not salted. I also crushed them up a bit and it really was a terrific snack. My family devoured them ;) thank you for sharing your recipe,

    - Jen

  16. Adding a little coconut oil to the energy balls helps with shelf life and adds some nutritious fatty acids as well!

    - Energy Balls

  17. just wondering what a serving size is?

    - Bridget K

  18. LOVE that these have no peanut butter! I have been searching for energy bites without peanut butter or almond butter or the like. I cannot wait to try them. I want to hop in my car right now to go get the ingredients.

    - Laura Jane

  19. They look delicious! I’ve never seen pumpkin puree in my country, but maybe I would find it in specialized shops.

    - Sofia

  20. Made these for my daughters class. They we awesome and easy to make. The onky changes were I didn’t add the coconut and added a touch more oats and pumpkin seeds.

    - crystal Johnston

  21. Do you have the calories etc for this?

    - Gail

  22. I am wondering what happened to the original no bake energy bites recipe? I had it saved on Pinterest and although I’ve made it a gazillion times I still have to double check with the recipe….but when I try to get to the page it registration disabled? What does that mean? Will I ever have access to this delicious snack again?!

    - Rawney

  23. Served these on Thanksgiving and they were a hit, especially w/my 14 year old grandson.
    Great recipe!

    - Gayle Mercer

  24. The link to the no-bake-energy bites has been broken :( I’ve made them twice now and wanted to pass the recipe along to a friend (and make them for myself again!). Is there any way I can get it? Thank you!!!

    - Erica

  25. These are awesome! I added butterscotch chips!

    - Andi

  26. Just pinned these to make this weekend! They look delicious!!!

    - Kelly

    • I was hoping you could either rost the original no bake energy bites recipe! When I click the link it says registration disabled, I have made them before and they at e oh so delicious and I am hoping to make them again, except I didn’t print out the recipe and can’t. Seem to get to it! If you could either post again, or wouldn’t mind emailing it to me it would be much appreciated! Thanks for your wonderful creations and sharing them!

      - Heather crary

      • I agree! I’ve been trying to find them and they arent available. Can you please repost? Or tell us how to find them? Email? ANything?! I NEED them!!!

        - Jessica A

  27. These look fabulous! Any idea if there is a sub for dates? They give me an awful tummy ache, but i sure would love to try these.

    - Sarah

  28. What is the nutritional value for these? Calories per bite?

    - Coco

  29. Are you supposed to use hulled pumpkin kernels, or whole pumpkin seeds with the shell?

    - Alison

  30. just made these…so good…i added a handful of chocolate chips…honestly they dont need them..next time I will leave out…they are sweet enough…thanks for sharing….so good

    - michele

  31. OMG….calorie COUNT! So sorry, darn auto correct.

    - Lisa

  32. Any chance that you have the calorie cunt on these? They look delicious!

    - Lisa

  33. My son and I just made a batch of these and we are in love! Easy to make and so delicious! I love dates and I love pumpkin. Great together!

    - Karen

  34. Do you think these will freeze well if I make a large batch? I am making my 1st batch now, and if they are a hit I would like to make more with the rest of my pumpkin and freeze them for the rest of the month.
    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    - Jen

  35. Love these! I am so making these tomorrow!

    - Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

  36. these are so cute and i love the fall inspiration in these!! i remember you talking about them this past week :) i love the basket too!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  37. They look great, what can I ingredient can I substitute for the coconut?

    - Nancy

  38. I am a huge fan of your energy bites and will definitely make these (soon)! Here is a link to my first attempt at your original recipe! http://ipacklunch.com/2012/09/just-had-to-do-it/

    - Deb

  39. I made pumpkin granola last week and now I want to make these little bites! They look incredible – great flavors all rolled into one!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  40. Great fall treat!

    - Maria

  41. this looks amazing! I can’t believe the number of creative pumpkin recipes I can find through looking at photos on FoodGawker!

    - Julia

  42. I love anything that is no-bake!!!!

    - Sand Naperville

  43. These little balls are so cute! Nice photos!

    - nipponnin

  44. These sound fabulous! Little balls of energy are always needed in this house!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  45. Love that these use the pumpkin seeds too! Delicious!

    - Kathryn

  46. Great fall twist! These sound delicious, and I love that basket you have them in!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  47. Wonderful! I love this fall version. We grew up eating a version of your energy bites that my mom and I used to make — so having a fall flavor is delightful. Thanks.

    - SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen

  48. What a wonderful way to get some energy!

    - Ashley

  49. I love that we both have pumpkin recipes today! And these energy bites look amazing. I especially love that they’re no-bake! It’s been too hot here in LA to leave the oven on!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  50. I found the No Bake Energy Bites on Pinterest and they are a new fave of mine. I can’t wait to try these!

    - Melissa @ Baking For The Boys

  51. I love how you made these a perfect snack for fall!

    - Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

  52. Perfect twist on these! I love the dates!!

    - Cassie

  53. I just made a batch. DELICIOUS! I am a huge fan of the original no-bake bites; we keep some in the refrigerator at all times. I love this pumpkin twist. Just in time for fall. Thanks! :)

    - Brenda

  54. These look so beautiful and yummy but I’m not a fan of coconut. Any advice on what I could use in place of it?

    - Amanda J

  55. you’ve done it again Ali! beautiful little energy bites and AMAZING pictures. I want whatever camera and lens you’re using. So clear and crisp. Love the ease of this recipe – bites and balls are so handy and I’ve only really ever made peanut butter based ones. Have to try date & pumpkin-based ones next!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  56. Nice! I also made pumpkin spice balls but they are nowhere near as pretty as yours. These are just ridiculously beautiful! And so are the pictures.

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  57. Scrumptious bites, I love the pumpkin!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  58. I love the pumpkin twist to these – and I know I can always use a little burst of energy!!

    - Deborah

  59. These look like the perfect fall snack…thank you for sharing!!

    - Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

  60. So adorable and poppable!

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

  61. These would make a great snack in lunch boxes :)! LOVE!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  62. Look at the cute little basket!

    and the balls are cute too.

    OMG I just said that.

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  63. I was thinking these looked pretty fabulous, and then the addition of pepitas and coconut got me hook, line, and sinker. These would be so handy to have around for a quick snack or breakfast on the go. Or maybe even for dessert.

    - Kare @ Kitchen Treaty

  64. These look incredible! So many of my favorite ingredients and I love that you’ve added pumpkin seeds as well. I bet the chocolate chips would send them over the top!

    - Jen @ Savory Simple

  65. Ahhhh, so poppable! And perfect for fall!

    - Blog is the New Black

  66. I have made something similar with just dates, almonds, peanut butter and cocoa powder. I cannot wait to try these though! I am sure they will get eaten fast and would be perfect for a fall hike.

    - Laura @FoodSnobSTL