Quick, healthy no-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you! They are going to be your go-to healthy snack all fall long.
Oatmeal bites are one of my all time favorite snacks and we make them all the time. I always have a container of some variation of these on hand for quick snacks, easy additions to lunch boxes, and for on-the-go car snacking. Once you start making these you’ll never stop because they are healthy, easy, quick to put together, and store very well.
The bones of this recipe is oats, pumpkin, a nut butter, and honey – everything else you can add to your liking. I love to throw in chia seeds because they help the oat balls stick together well and have some great fats in them. I also add things like coconut flakes or nuts (pecans are delicious) in place of the chocolate chips sometimes. You can really tailor these to suit your taste. I love that they have pumpkin in them too. Hooray for more veggies in life. The pumpkin makes the color of the oatmeal bites so bright and pretty, too.
You can’t go wrong with healthy fats, whole grains, and good carbs packaged in easy-to-grab little bites of fall time heaven. Make these ASAP!
Tips and Tricks for Making No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites:
- Chances are, you have everything on hand to make these. Always a win. Don’t have chia seeds on hand? Leave them out or sub them for something else like hemp seed hearts, chopped nuts, or some coconut flakes (and you can go up to a 1/2 cup of those things if you like).
- You can use old-fashioned or quick oats or a combo of the two, depending on the texture you are going for. Quick oats will yield a softer energy bite and the old-fashioned oats will make them chewier. I used half and half and was really pleased with how they turned out.
- They are no-bake and store super well. They have been great in lunch boxes, for after-school snacks, as a pre-workout snack at 5 am before weight lifting, and at bedtime when I’m ready for the kids to be in bed but they are suddenly starving. I love having little healthy snacks on hand. These are the perfect boxes to keep these in the fridge, just FYI.
- If you find your oat balls aren’t sticking together well when rolled, let them chill in the fridge for 20 minutes and try again. If they are too sticky, try adding a few more tablespoons of oats.
- Looking for other variations of the oatmeal energy bite? I have a huge post with 8 (yes 8!) different combos right here for you.
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No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites
Quick, healthy pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 20
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup quality honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl,a add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Again, it’s ok if it’s a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn’t the goal.
- When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.
This recipe is adapted from and inspired by Clean Eats Crush.
Having these pumpkin oatmeal energy bites hanging out in your fridge or freezer is going to make you super happy, and I can’t wait to hear how much you like them. I can’t wait for you to try them and enjoy the convenience of having them on hand at your house. These are a great thing to make on a meal prep or food prep day and then enjoy all week long.
Have a great day and enjoy from my kitchen to yours.
PS this recipe is part of PUMPKIN WEEK! (It’s a delicious week!) my friend Emily from One Lovely Life if sharing the most delicious looking baked pumpkin oatmeal. Check out her post today and stay turned for a week of pumpkin deliciousness!