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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
Yes, I am jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. I couldn’t resist doing a pumpkin recipe (it is fall after all) and if you do a sweet pumpkin recipe, you have to add pumpkin pie spice, right? This kind of reminds me of the time I accidentally wore the school colors on spirit day when I was in high school and I had to spend the whole day explaining to everyone that no, I didn’t have school spirit, and that the navy blue t-shirt I was wearing was just a coincidence.

“Hey Kiersten, do we have a quiz today in biology?”

“I DIDN’T MEAN TO WEAR THIS SHIRT TODAY! IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! I HATE THIS SCHOOL!”

That was the worst day.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
Sometimes I throw things together just to eat, not really intending to blog about it; this is one of those recipes. I bought an adorable little pie pumpkin and made puree with it for another recipe and had just a little bit left, so I added a little almond butter and maple syrup, folded in oats and raisins and pepitas, put in a little sprinkle-sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and rolled the mixture into balls. Random! But they were so good, I decided they were definitely worthy of sharing.

In addition to being delicious, these will also give you energy. You’ll have the strength of a bull, the reflexes of a cat, and the mental acuity of one of those really smart chimpanzees. Eat these Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites and you will crush your enemies and run a 5K afterwards.

Or not. (Probably not.) Energy bites aren’t exactly Red Bull. But they’re healthy and get you over that mid-afternoon hump better than a bag of M&Ms or potato chips. Every ingredient in these energy bites is good for you–maple syrup is rich in manganese and zinc, pumpkin is full of fiber and Vitamin A, pepitas are high in magnesium, etc. And then there’s the pumpkin spice too, which is full of deliciousness.

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites Recipe

Spiced energy bites made with pumpkin, almond butter, oats, pepitas, and raisins.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 25-30 energy bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and stir until smooth. Fold in the rolled oats, pepitas, raisins, and chia seeds. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until the mixture is chilled and easy to work with. Roll the mixture into balls (if you have a small cookie dough scoop, that works perfectly!). Store the balls in the refrigerator or freeze and thaw for a few minutes before eating.

Notes

Prep time doesn’t include the refrigeration time.

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108 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen
    December 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I am new to your blog and have been scouring the site for recipe ideas. Love these pumpkin bites. The second time I made these, I rolled them in a mixture of Cinnamon Plus (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, dry orange peel) and a Stevia so there were more like truffles. We love to keep these in the freezer as they never freeze solid.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe–I am going to have to try rolling them in cinnamon next time I make them! 🙂

  • Reply
    Eleanor
    August 30, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Pumpkin purée is not something I have ever seen in an English supermarket, what could I use as a substitute or do I need to make my own, if I did does it freeze well?

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    Kristin
    September 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Is there something else I can use besides oats? I can’t digest them very well.

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      September 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I haven’t tried making this recipe without oats, but it’s pretty forgiving, so you could probably experiment and find something that would work. My first thought would be some kind of cereal.

    • Reply
      abby
      April 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

      These look delicious and I will have to try them. I was just reading some of the other comments (sometimes you get reviews or good substitutes), any who, I have noticed a food replacement for oats is puffed quinoa which is sometimes referred to as quinoa flakes ( just make sure they are the little foam like circles). Hope that helps!

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    June
    September 23, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Sooo good, thank you for sharing! I didn’t have some of the ingredients on hand, so I ended up replacing the almond butter for peanut butter, pepitas for sunflower seeds, and raisins (because I hate raisins) with chopped dark chocolate. YUM!!! Can’t wait to try it with all your original ingredients as well once I can get to the store. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      September 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      I’m glad they turned out well for you! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lara Parodi
    September 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hi, I’m from São Paulo Brazil, I like very much yours recipe with pumpkin, I like spice food, but I don’t know what is pumpkin pie spice, you can explain to me please.
    I think I can’t find this ready here in Brazil, but maybe I can switch for other thing what you sugest?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Jeannette
    October 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I was looking everywhere for a pumpkin bite with no sugar and I came across these little gems. DELICIOUS!!! I left out the maple syrup, added 1/2 c. almond flour instead of butter, and added cranberries (though I’m sure raisins are delish as well). They are too good! Thank you!!! Perfect pre-run snack!

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    Wendy @ The Nomadic Vegan
    January 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, these look like the perfect take-to-work snack! I’m on a sugar detox at the moment, so am very happy to see Jeannette say that they work well without the maple syrup too. I wasn’t sure they would stick together without it, but I guess they do. And this recipe doesn’t even require a food processor. Too easy!

  • Reply
    Sandra
    June 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, I would like to know what is pepitas??
    It look so yummmy!!

    • Reply
      Dana Raidt
      June 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Hi Sandra, pepitas are another name for pumpkin seeds. 🙂

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