pumpkin chocolate energy bites

Pumpkin Chocolate Energy Bites Recipe

By Dana Angelo White, R.D.N.
October 26, 2023

Craving a pumpkin spice latte but trying to cut back on caffeine and sugar? Made with whole-food ingredients and a touch of chocolate, these tasty pumpkin energy bites are the answer to your PSL prayers.

You can adjust the ingredients to your flavor preferences, adding a bit more chocolate or spices if you want. Share them, or make yourself a batch for easy breakfasts or quick snacks.

This recipe is: vegetarian

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Serves 4 (3 bites)


  • 2 cups rolled oats*
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup peanut butter*
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin*
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

In a food processor, pulse all ingredients until a paste forms, adding more oats or pumpkin if needed. It should be sticky enough that you can roll it into balls.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Scoop out even portions with a spoon—you should end up with about 12 that are about 2 tablespoons each. Use clean hands to roll them into balls. Enjoy immediately or store in a container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes: If you don’t have a food processor, pulse the dry oats in a blender and then mix ingredients in a large bowl. The consistency may change slightly, so add a little more pumpkin or oats if needed.

You don’t need the entire can of pumpkin for this recipe. You can use the leftovers for baking, soup, or chili. Or mix it into a mug of hot chocolate.

Nutrition per serving: 146 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated); 0 mg cholesterol; 49 mg sodium; 20 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 7 g sugar (3 g added sugar); 4 g protein.

Price per serving: About 85 cents

*WIC-eligible ingredient

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