These pecan pie energy bites are easy to make in minutes with just 4 simple ingredients! Enjoy for a sweet snack, quick breakfast or healthy holiday dessert.

A plate of pecan energy balls. One on top has a bite out of it.

Features

  • dietary needs: vegan and gluten-free
  • nutritional features: no added sugar, oil-free
  • quick and easy: you’ll need just 10 minutes and 4 ingredients

Ingredient Notes

  • dates – any variety works as long as they’re soft and moist
  • pecans – use plain, raw pecans with no added oil or salt
  • sea salt – use a good quality sea salt like maldon, pink, grey etc., do not use table salt
  • vanilla – use a good quality, pure vanilla extract if you have it (artificial vanilla will be fine in a pinch but it doesn’t deliver the same flavour)
Close up of a plate of pecan energy balls.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Add all the ingredients to food processor.

Dates, pecans and sea salt in a food processor.

Step 2. Blend everything into a thick, sticky dough you can easily press together between your fingers.

Quick Tip: If the mixture is too crumbly to roll into balls, add 1 tsp of warm water and process again. Repeat as needed. If your dates were soft, this shouldn’t be an issue but you may need 1-2 tsp of water if they were on the dry side.

Thick, sticky, date-based dough in a food processor.

Roll the dough into balls and enjoy your yummy pecan pie bites!

A plate full of raw energy balls, bite taken out of one and a hand grabbing one.

Notes

  • Dates: It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe as they create the “dough” and bind the recipe. If your dates are overly dry, place them in a bowl (pit first) and soak in hot water for 15 minutes. After soaking, drain well and proceed with the recipe.
  • Storage: Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Serving: As is for a sweet treat or dessert, or try crumbling over smoothie bowls, ice cream and yogurt. Great for a pre-workout snack and perfect for holiday goodie trays!

Substitutions and Additions

  • Pecans: Can be subbed with walnuts or almonds.
  • Spices: If you like, add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or ginger.
  • Coating: For an extra treat, roll in powdered sugar or coconut sugar mixed with cinnamon.
Close up of a plate of pecan energy balls. One on top has a bite out of it.

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Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 12 bites 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These sweet, little bites call for just 4 ingredients but totally deliver on pecan pie flavour. Enjoy as a healthier dessert or snack, before workouts or add to your holiday goodie tray!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Mix until it forms a thick, sticky dough you can press together between your fingers. If it’s not sticking together (it should if your dates were soft), add 1 tsp warm water and process again. Repeat as needed until the dough is rollable.
  3. Remove and roll into 12 balls.

Notes

Dates: It’s impotant to use soft, moist dates in this recipe as they create the “dough”. If your dates are overly dry, place them in a bowl (pit first) and soak in hot water for 15 minutes. After soaking, drain well and proceed with the recipe.

Storage: Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

Keywords: pecan pie bites, no-bake pecan balls