These Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites taste like a bite of pumpkin pie! Vegan, gluten-free, easy to make and perfect for snacking or post-workout refueling.
It’s getting to be that time of year where candy, desserts and all the comfort food start showing up. I can pass on the Halloween candy, but a piece of Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cake or one of these Apple Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies are things I can’t leave alone.
This is the time of year when I start stocking the fridge and freezer with health snacks that remind me of the baked treats I love. These Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites are the perfect replacement for pumpkin cookies, not to mention they’re also great for a pre or post workout snack.
What Ingredients are in Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites?
These energy bites are made with simple ingredients and they happen to be gluten-free and vegan. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Gluten-free rolled oats or regular rolled oats if gluten isn’t an issue for you.
- Flax meal. I like to use this golden flax meal.
- Almond butter. If you don’t like almond butter or need to keep them nut-free you can substitute with peanut butter, cashew butter or sunflower butter. Be aware that the taste will vary depending on what you use.
- Unsweetened pumpkin purée
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Mini chocolate chips, dairy-free if needed. These are optional, but a nice addition if you enjoy chocolate.
Do I Need Any Special Equipment to Make Them?
Unlike these Cranberry Vanilla Energy Bites, you don’t need a high speed blender or food processor to make them. All you need to make this pumpkin pie version is a mixing bowl and rubber spatula.
Stir together all of the wet ingredients until their smooth and combined, then add in the dry ingredients. Work the mixture together with the rubber spatula until it resembles cookie dough. If you’re using mini chocolate chips stir them in at the end.
Once you have the energy bite “dough” made, use a cookie scoop or measure out approximately 1 tablespoon of dough. Roll the dough between your palms into a ball. If the mixture is sticky refrigerate it for 15 minutes to help it firm up so it’s easier to roll.
Store the pumpkin pie energy bites in an airtight contain in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for several weeks. They’re the perfect snack to grab before a workout or when that afternoon cookie craving hits!
More Energy Bites
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 5 tablespoons unsweetened pumpkin purée
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, dairy-free if needed
- In a medium sized bowl add all of the wet ingredients and stir together. Add in the oats, flax, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips.
- Roll the mixture into approximately 1 inch sized balls.
- Store the energy bites in a single layer in an airtight container lined. Keep them in the fridge for several days or the freezer for several months.
If the dough is too sticky to roll, put it in the fridge for 15 minutes so it firms up.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g