Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites

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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: 25 1-inch balls 1x


Delicious and healthy energy bites celebrating the mighty pumpkin!



  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)


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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188 comments on “Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites”

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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. Look at the cute little basket!

    and the balls are cute too.

    OMG I just said that.

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

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

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

  9. Scrumptious bites, I love the pumpkin!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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?

  13. 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! :)

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

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. What a wonderful way to get some energy!

  19. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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/

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

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  30. 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!

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

  32. 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!!!

  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!

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

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

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  43. 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

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

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

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