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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 youโ€”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 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tbspย chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Combine the pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and stir until smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
    Caitlin
    September 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

    these look delicious! i love when the most simple, throw together recipes become the best ones. especially since long, complicated recipes are just too much for me these days ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      I am not fond of long, complicated recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health
    September 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

    i love how you are on the pumpkin bangwagon already ๐Ÿ™‚ these energy bites are delicious looking minus the raisins for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Ha! I saw people pinning this and saying they would take out the raisins. I guess raisins aren’t very popular? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    September 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

    These sound unbelievable!! I SO cannot wait to try these. Bring on the pumpkin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    dishing up the dirt
    September 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I’m jumping on the pumpkin spice wagon as well. These look festive and easy!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      You really can’t avoid the pumpkin spice bandwagon, can you? And that’s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Elisabeth
    September 30, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am a french reader of your blog and I do not understand what is the pepitas ?
    Could you help me on it please ?
    This look very good !
    thanks

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Pepitas pumpkin seeds with the shells removed. If you can’t find them in France, you can use sunflower seeds. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Elisabeth
        October 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Thanks !

  • Reply
    Vickie
    September 30, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    sound yummy, but any nutritional info?? (calories?)

  • Reply
    McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped
    September 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    OH GOODNESS, we think alike. Wait for my post tomorrow haha! These look great ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Great minds. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see your post!

  • Reply
    Julia
    September 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Looking spirited when you have no intention to is totally the pits! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your balls look amazing! I have all the ingredients I need, now I’m ready to roll them up! Hope you had a fun weekend!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Woo hoo, get rolling! ๐Ÿ™‚ My weekend was good (although too short!)–I hope yours was great too!

  • Reply
    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Years ago I made something sort of like this on my blog. Like 2009. I don’t even want to give you the link b/c of the photography. Lol I love that you were able to work with pumpkin puree and get it to congeal/stick/hold together in a no-bake ball. It can be so gloppy but you nailed these. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Ha ha! I’m always horrified to share my old photos too. When they pop up on Pinterest, I cringe.

  • Reply
    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    September 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    These look delicious!!! I’m about to whip up some of my family’s favorite energy bites … but I just might need to make a secret batch of these. I don’t want to have to share!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m loving all things pumpkin, as well! Like, can’t get enough. I feel like every year my love of fall grows and grows. It seriously has the best food. Yes, fall food is the best. It’s settled!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Fall is second best for me. Summer wins because: CORN!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    September 30, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin, I will be trying this recipe out for sure, it sounds wonderful!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I hope you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Joy // For the Love of Leaves
    September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Bahaha! You sound like me in high school!

    I saw the picture of these bites on Bloglovin, didn’t even see what they were, just thought, “those look good, I need to know what they are!”

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who was like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Because a lot of people loooooved high school. I am not one of them!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    September 30, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    These look so amazing!! I love pumpkin-y things and I’m so glad it’s back in season. These look like the perfect snack to whip up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Corissa
    September 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Can’t wait to make these. I would like to try it with brown rice syrup instead of maple and use golden raisins instead of dark. My new fall breakfast for the drive into work!!! Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      That should work too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you like them!

  • Reply
    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I just stocked up on pumpkin puree so I’ll be making these ASAP! I adore little energy bites, and considering my current pumpkin obsession, these are serious perfection. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for the pin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    September 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    These look and sound so good. Great idea!

  • Reply
    JulieD
    September 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    These look great, Kiersten!

  • Reply
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    September 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I am SO making these!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    September 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I have lots of pumpkin to use this fall and just might make these!

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    September 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Love these! Now that I’m starting to break open the cans of pumpkin I”ll need lots of ways of using up random amounts of puree. I can only ever get the huge cans of pumpkin here so I always have so much of it, and I always need snacks to get me through the afternoon slump too so these are perfect!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Yeah, I hate when a recipe calls for an odd amount of puree! I usually use the leftovers in smoothies or oatmeal, but now I can use it for these too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    September 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Perfect little treats! I love to add pumpkin puree in my protein bars too.

  • Reply
    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    October 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I love when recipes surprise me like that! And if only Red Bull energy could come in this delicious little form ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I tried energy drinks for a week and every day, I would get massively sick. It took me that whole week to figure out it was the energy drinks. I am so weak!

  • Reply
    Christina Green
    October 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    YUM! Can’t wait to try these!

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    Maria Tadic
    October 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    These look so good! I bet these would do great in the freezer all season long!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      I’ve got a bunch in my freezer right now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Ash-foodfashionparty
    October 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Love this bites, I make bites like these quite often but never thought of incorporating pumpkin in it, a great idea.

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