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Pecan Pie Energy Bites

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These Pecan Pie Energy Bites are a cute lil’ 7-ingredient miracle! Made with dates, pecans, oats, almond butter, and maple syrup, you’re going to be snackin’ on these all. day. long.

Here we are in 2022. WHA? HOW.

But also, yes, here we are. And it’s clear we’re still very much looking for an ease into things. This month we’re all about preparedness (#newyear) and ready-grab snacks and not thinking too hard about it all, and bingo! These lil’ energy bites are our new very best friend.

Wholesome, slightly sweet, super satisfying, and very keep-in-the-fridge/ready-whenever-you-need-them best friends. And we are calling on them. Weekly. You will too!

Perfect for breakfast or an anytime snack. These little sweet, chewy bites with hints of maple and subtle crunch are ready to boost you all day long!

A No-Bake Seven-Ingredient Miracle

It takes very few things for these little wonder bites to come together and here’s the thing, an oven IS NOT ONE OF THEM. A real simple list of ingredients that you mix up, ball up, chill up, and then eat ’em up all the days through.

  • dates
  • pecans
  • oats
  • almond butter
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla
  • flaxmeal

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Ingredients for pecan pie energy bites in a food processor

Three Steps To Make These Energy Bites

Who doesn’t love a three-step process?! Classic. Easy. Get us to pecan pie bites quickly, please.

  1. Throw everything in the food processor and buzz up until mostly smooth and kinda dough-y.
  2. Start balling them up! And pop them on a parchment lined sheet.
  3. Chill and store in the fridge or freezer (we prefer the freezer, but both are great!)

Made that last guy a step even though it’s really not a step so much as a yay-you’re-done-pecan-pie-energy-bites-forever declaration. See? So easy! These keep saving us over and over and over.

Instagram screenshot of ingredients for pecan pie energy bites

Made To Your Heart’s Desire

The flexibility of these angels is also A+. You can throw in different nuts, use honey or another liquid sweetener you prefer. Want a different nut butter option? That’s a thing you can do! Want to skip flaxmeal because that isn’t a pantry-stocker for you? You’re a champion, who needs it. Did some cranberries or chocolate chips fall in that food processor while you were mixing?! OK YES, YOU’RE DOING IT. SNACK NIRVANA IS ON ITS WAY.

Whatever you make them, they are great for an easy grab-and-go breakfast, or awesome to put out on the table for the kiddos to occupy their little hands and tum tums while you get dinner prep going, maybe you’re doing laps through the house while you WFH and why not stop and grab one out of the fridge and pop it in your mouth on the move? It’s like those cheering volunteers who hand you tiny cups of water during a marathon but instead, it’s pecan pie energy bites and honestly, they are so, so much more fun than a tiny cup of water.

(But also, drink water. It’s the new year. We’re all making that resolution, right? Drink more water?)

Pecan pie energy bite with a bite taken out of it

Truly that marathon analogy feels right. We’re rounding the corner of this very long run but there’s still quite a ways to go. So we’ll take the little energy boosts anywhere we can get them — especially if they’re balled up and in a ready-grab fridge container — to help keep us going and push us through, with wholesome pecan pie flavored goodness.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites: FAQs

What could I use instead of dates?

Dates really work best here, but you could also try dried figs – they will be less soft and creamy so you may need to adjust amounts. If you’re looking for a date-free energy bite, try these fan-fave Cookie Dough Energy Bites.

How do you recommend storing these?

You can store these in the fridge or the freezer in a sealed container.

Is there a sub for almond butter?

You could use peanut butter or sunflower seed butter here in place of the almond butter.

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Pecan pie energy bite with a bite taken out of it

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1518 bites 1x


These Pecan Pie Energy Bites are a cute lil’ 7-ingredient miracle! Made with dates, pecans, oats, almond butter, and maple syrup, you’re going to be snackin’ on these all. day. long. 


Units Scale
  • 10 dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Mix everything in the food processor until it’s nice and smooth-ish, like a dough.
  2. Roll into individual balls.
  3. Store in the fridge or freezer (I keep mine in the freezer).
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pecan pie energy bites, energy bite, pecan pie energy ball

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These look delicious! I will also drink more water this year, but I also need to snack on these! Are you using the big Medjool dates, or the smaller ones?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I have the same question. I make these all the time, and would like to know. Would it be possible to post the weight of the dates, to make it easier to account for variance in size?

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These remind me of those little bites at Freshii. We get them every time we order from them but they cost a lot! So, good to have a recipe for making them.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I happened to open this recipe and have everything on hand to make a yummy afternoon snack for myself and the kids! Easy and delicious!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made these when you posted them on stories and they’re my absolute favorite. A perfect sweet treat for midday.

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      We haven’t tested this recipe with an oat substitute. But, you can leave them out entirely!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are so yummy! A nice healthy sweet treat. I recommend toasting the oats first. The pecans as well if they’re raw.

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    Jessica H

    My kids and I made these as written but with more “heaping” type of scoops 😛 – I needed to add a bit of water to make them stick together.

    We used the medjool dates from Costco – the medjool dates from Aldi are smaller but I think I would use the same amount as if you need any more sweetness you can always add a bit more maple syrup.

    The kids love them – the adults love – it’s a win for everyone!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Holy smokes, these are fabulous! Extra salt makes these just sublime. Thanks for an easy, gluten free and vegan treat.

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made it! It was very easy as use food processor. But rolling them even with cookie scoop took long! It was a bit hard to make balls, so I added extra vanilla and then went well. Yes, taste was so yummy! Thanks always for delicious recipes:)

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I’ve made these several times. They’re definitely kind of loose, but they firm up a lot in the fridge. I just try to get them to barely hang together knowing that.

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    Julie Anderson

    These look really good. Bite sized – high calorie.
    Good if you’re trying to gain weight.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are delicious!My 1yo and I love this flavor. But my batch turned out really crumbly and was hard to roll and stick together. Any suggestions on what I can do differently?

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Kirsten! So glad you like them! You can try adding in a bit more almond butter and/or maple syrup next time to help the “dough” stick together.

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These were so easy to make and so delicious! My four year old has been devouring them as well. Perfect, easy snack to have on hand.

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      These should keep in the fridge for up to a week, I’d say and in the freezer for 3 months.

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    Diane Chrislip

    Oh, my. I can’t tell you how much I love the Pecan Pie Energy Bites. The problem with most granola bar type recipes is that they are too sweet. With just dates and real maple syrup providing the sweetness, these are perfect. Perfect!!! I had to use peanut butter and skip the flax meal because I wanted to make them as soon as I saw the recipe. But still perfect. Did I say I love these?

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      So glad to hear it, Diane! We just made these the other day and used peanut butter in a pinch, too! Still amazing!

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    So good! I subbed cashew butter for the almond butter and we’re adding these to our rotation. What a great little sweet treat!

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      We haven’t tested this recipe with that substitution, so I’m not entirely sure, but I think it’s worth a try!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are so delicious!! I used cashew butter instead of almond butter because that’s what I had on hand and I loved them so much!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    As an avid skier, hiker, runner and cyclist I am always looking for easy to make energy bars that pack well. I’ve made countless versions and these are hands down THE best. You don’t have to take my word for it – I’ve already shared a batch with my Trail Sisters and they all agree. 🙂 Thank you!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Used prunes instead of dates since that’s what I had on hand…they are tasty and definitely remind me of pecan pie. My husband said they aren’t as good as the cookie dough ones —-can’t argue with chocolate and pb—still these are better as a snack whereas the others can satisfy dessert.

  17. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These are TO DIE FOR!!!! So amazing. I followed another reviewer’s recommendation to toast the oats on medium / medium low heat. I also used Vanilla infused Maple Syrup and the taste of these are divine. Like little desert balls!! (except they also give you energy) Thank you for another great recipe Pinch of Yum!!

  18. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I’m not usually a big fan of energy bites but these are soooo good. Thanks for this amazing recipe!