Crafted with healthy, flavorful ingredients, these no-bake pumpkin bites are the snack that you’ll actually feel good about eating.
Loaded with the flavors of fall, and perfect for when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, near the hot oven, these no-bake pumpkin bites are a healthy snack recipe you definitely have to try your hands at.
They’ll be packed full of deliciousness and taste so incredible, sinking your teeth into them will become effortless. Plus, you can batch make them and store them for later- which is perfect if the kitchen isn’t your happy place.
Ready to try them out? Scroll down and keep reading to know all about them before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
To make these no-bake pumpkin bites, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients- you probably already have them in your kitchen.
- ½ cup nut butter
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup melting chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Kitchen Tools Needed
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Blender or food processor
- Silicone spatula
- Cookie scoop
- Bowl or container with lid
How to Make the No-Bake Pumpkin Bites
Once you have your ingredients and kitchen essentials all set, here’s what you need to do to make these healthy bites.
In a big bowl mix together the nut butter, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla.
Then add the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Add the chocolate chips and mix again with a spoon.
Leave the mixture in the fridge for around 10 minutes so you can shape it easier.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil.
Take the dough out of the fridge and shape it into small balls.
Dip the balls in the melted chocolate using a fork and place them on a dish lined with baking paper.
Leave them in the fridge for a few minutes until the chocolate sets.
You can decorate them with white chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Think of any nut butter that goes well with the predominant pumpkin flavor of these bites. Peanut butter and almond butter are some good options, though you can also opt for cashew butter if you’re looking for a bit of creaminess in your bites.
Seed butter is a good alternative for all those who are allergic to nuts.
You definitely can. Just remember to use a sweetener that is ideally natural and has a sticky consistency which can help bind the other ingredients together. Honey is the best choice, but if you’re looking for something else, you could use soft Medjool dates too.
Each of these work wonderfully and lend that nice balance of sweetness and stickiness you’d want.
The coconut flour is what lends these no-bake pumpkin bites the bulk that you’re looking for, but if you don't have coconut flour, quick oats are a good alternative. You could use rolled oats too, but remember to process them for a few seconds in the food processor to break them down into smaller chunks.
You could also use almond flour if that’s what you have at hand.
These classic bites have a ton of flavor and texture on their own, but here’s a bit more you can add in and experiment if you want to.
Nuts: Coarsely chopped or crushed nuts can add a nice bit of crunch and crumbliness to these pumpkin bites. You can also lightly toast the nuts to make them extra flavorful and crunchy. Use walnuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, or peanuts for best results.
Seeds: These no-bake pumpkin bites are already healthy, but if you add some seeds into the mix, it’ll really make a big difference in terms of the texture as well as the nutritive value. Chia seeds and flaxseeds are some classics you can never go wrong with, but of course, you can always experiment with another kind of seeds if you want to.
Others: Apart from nuts and seeds, there are a lot of other delicious and healthy ingredients you can add to the mix. Mini chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, and dried cranberries are some good classics you can opt for.
Your no-bake pumpkin bites can be refrigerated for up to 7 days. Just use an airtight container to keep them fresh and you should be good. You can also double the recipe and store the extra batch in the freezer for months.
If you’re planning to freeze them, remember to maintain a bit of space between them to keep them from sticking to each other. If you’re stacking them in a freezer-safe container, lay parchment paper or wax paper between each stack.
Tips to Make the No-Bake Pumpkin Bites
Ready to try out these delicious bites? Keep these additional tips and tricks in mind to nail the recipe.
- If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can use cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, ginger powder, or powdered clove or a combination of two or all of these rustic, earthy spices. It is all about bringing in an additional layer of warmth into these bites.
- Don’t forget to add the salt into the mixture while making these pumpkin bites- it balances out the sweetness of the pumpkin bites wonderfully.
- While using fresh pumpkin puree is always a good idea, you could use the canned version too. Just make sure you’re not using pumpkin pie filling instead.
- If you don’t want to take those few extra minutes to melt the chocolate and use it as a coating for these bites, you can just roll the bites in some desiccated coconut and then refrigerate them for an hour- they’ll taste just as good.
- To make sure all your pumpkin bites are roughly the same size, use a cookie scoop to scoop out portions of the mixture, and then roll it between the palms of your hands.
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- ½ cup (120g) nut butter
- ¼ cup (57g) pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoon (5g) maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla
- ¼ cup (28g) coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon (28g) pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon (2g) salt
- ½ cup (170g) mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup (170g) melting chocolate
- 1 tablespoon (14g) coconut oil
- In a big bowl mix together the nut butter, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Then add the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Add the chocolate chips and mix again with a spoon.
- Leave the mixture in the fridge for around 10 minutes so you can shape it easier.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil.
- Take the dough out of the fridge and shape it into small balls.
- Dip the balls in the melted chocolate with a fork and place them on a dish lined with baking paper.
- Leave them in the fridge for a few minutes until the chocolate sets.
- You can decorate them with white chocolate.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g