Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

It’s nearly October but I can’t really “get into” the pumpkin season mentality…  it’s SO hot here in Texas!  I’m still wearing shorts, tank tops, and flip flops.  Probably will be for another couple of months.  But, I know some people out there are dying for some pumpkin goodies.  Here, I have the solution for both me and ye pumpkin lovers:  Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites!  They’ve got all the flavor of pumpkin pie, but in a portable, bite-sized form.  You’d never know they’re refined sugar free, high fiber, gluten free, and vegan.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (no bake, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

So, why do I need a yummy portable snack?

Because I GOT A JOB!  *gasps*

Well, technically, another one.  Although I’m currently a full-time blogger, I have been wondering what the next step in my life will be for quite some time.

My dad wants me to open a bakery or maybe even establish a food truck.

My mom wants me to stick with blogging and cookbook publishing.

My sister wants me to create a healthy dessert product that you can buy in stores.

And me?  I don’t know, I just want to be happy (and eat dessert all day, of course).

I decided to test out these options one by one.  Just last week, I got a job at a local restaurant I love, making desserts with the fellow bakers.  The restaurant is primarily gluten-free, with a ton of dairy-free and vegan options (nearly all of the ingredients are local, organic, sustainable, grass-fed, etc.).

I love the job, but I’m SO not used to the 8-hour shifts of almost constant running around the kitchen (my feet are killing me, slowly but surely).  I’m used to sitting on the couch with my feet propped up and coffee mug beside me, editing photos, writing posts, responding to emails, and so on.  When I feel like taking a break, I turn on some TV, take Cherry for a walk, or go workout.  When I get hungry, I take five steps into the kitchen.

On the other hand, at the restaurant, I need to go on break to snack my face off.  I like me some snacks, so I like to bring in bite-sized treats that are easy to make and can sustain me for the remainder of my shift.  I brought in my Strawberry Shortcake Energy Bites a couple times, but seeing as it’s almost October, I felt like I should step up my “pumpkin game” a little bit…  So what about Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites?

Um, YES.

These fudgy Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites are easy to make, pack, store, and eat — the perfect solution to a super hungry girl who is new to super long shifts!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (no bake, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

19 bites

Healthy Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Fat per serving: 8

Calories per serving: 150



  1. In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment, add the pumpkin puree, almond butter, stevia extract, cinnamon and salt. Mix on low speed.
  2. While mixing, add the quinoa flakes and oats.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix one last time. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough and place on the prepared cookie sheet.  Roll the dough into balls.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for later!


If you don’t have Quinoa Flakes, you can try using all Quick Cooking Oats, but I haven’t tested it.

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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (no bake, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (no bake, refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

I have so many new recipes to try out and can’t wait to share them with you.  Expect some more snack-ish recipes soon!

Be excited.  Be very excited.


With love and good eats,




39 comments on “Healthy Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites”

  1. Congrats on the job! That’s so exciting and a great idea to try out all of the options. Oh, and I’m all about pumpkin these days–these sound delicious! BITES FOR LIFE. 

  2. I have a nut allergy, so do you think I can use sun butter instead of almond butter and get same results? Thanks.

    • Any other nut or seed butter will work in place of the almond butter, just note that the flavor will change. I don’t have much experience with sunflower seed butter, but I feel like it has a pretty strong flavor. If you don’t mind that, go right ahead and try it out (maybe add some more cinnamon?). I hope you like the recipe! 😀

  3. Omg yay congrats on the new job!!! I feel ya on the long restaurant shifts…comfortable shoes are a must! Also, would this recipe work in a food processor instead of a stand mixer??

    • Awww thanks Marina!! I had to buy Crocs AND insoles AND super poofy socks. It’s abominable.
      I’m sure this recipe will work in a good food processor. I would mix it just until everything is incorporated, then I would mix it by hand in a bowl (or, if you feel like the texture is fine straight from the processor, you can skip the hand mixing)! Hope you like the recipe 😀

  4. These look amazing! But I don’t have any stevia. Is there anything I could substitute it with? 

  5. Could I use regular quinoa and not quinoa flakes?

  6. Awesome! Thank you! ?

  7. Would pumpkin pie mix work vs purée?

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  9. Hello! I’ve included this recipe in my list of oat-tastic recipes to check out in my Saturday round-up. Don’t worry: it’s simply a link that takes my readers to your fantastic blog. 🙂 Check it out!

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. Hello! This recipe looks great and I am looking forward to making them! Maybe I missed it somehow, but I was wondering how many servings this recipe makes?

  11. These look so good I could cry. I have made four different desserts from your website so far and these look like my new favorite – I just love pumpkin, I can’t stop baking!  Awesome recipes seriously!

  12. This sounds so amazing! I’m absolutely in love with your site! You’re incredibly inspirational! ^__^

  13. marcia pacak

    ‘just made them…very sticky…anyone else have this issue?

    • Is the mixture sticky before refrigerating the “dough” for 30 minutes, or sticky after refrigerating? The 30 minute in-the-fridge process helps the quinoa (or oats) soak up some of the moisture. After refrigerating, the mixture shouldn’t be sticky. I would recommend sprinkling in some more oats to create a cookie dough texture.

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  15. Unfortunately, I just didn’t find these to be tasty. Followed the exact recipe and they turned out to be soft, mushy, and sticky after refrigerating for hours. Tried freezing them but then they were too hard. The taste was okay, but it was mostly the consistency that gave these a thumbs down for me. 🙁

    • Hey Karla! Sorry you didn’t like these bites as much as I did. Not sure why they were sticky or mushy though, that doesn’t sound right. I used a kitchen scale when making these — did you? If you don’t use a scale, then your measurements probably won’t be the same as mine.

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  19. Instead of the quinoa flakes, could I use coconut flakes? 🤔

    • I haven’t tried that but you can give it a shot! You’ll obviously get a coconut flavor, but I think it’ll still be pumpkin-y enough 🙂
      I would recommend keeping extra oats on hand because coconut flakes probably don’t absorb as much liquid as the quinoa flakes do (which are basically thinner oats). Add enough so that you can roll it into balls. Hope you like the bites!

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