How 4 simple ingredients can taste so delicious, I have no idea but these pecan pie energy bites are awesome. They taste like pecan pie, are perfectly sweet with a hint of sea salt and have the perfect soft and chewy texture. Try them for a healthy snack, breakfast on-the-go or even for a healthy holiday dessert.

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Pecan Pie For Food Prep

My food prep routine varies depending on the season but I treats like these pecan pie energy bites tend to make an appearance year round. When I need a quick, sweet treat, pre-workout snack or healthy dessert, these always save the day.

Quick snacks and treats like these balls are so good for food prep. They’re so easy to make, keep for weeks and just perfect to grab when you want a treat but want to keep it healthy.

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Date Health Benefits

Although dates are high in sugar, that sugar comes in a fibre and mineral-rich package making them my favourite choice for satisfying my sweet tooth while still getting some health benefits. Dates are high in dietary fibre, making them digestion-friendly and helpful in controlling blood sugar levels.

Dates also contain various antioxidants such as flavanoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid, which may help prevent the development of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and the minerals they contain, such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, have all been studied for their potential to prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis. Plus, they taste like candy and are just the best!.

Those are just a few of the benefits to enjoying dates. The details aren’t important, just know that dates are one more whole food you can include in your tool box for healthy living. If you have a sweet tooth, a couple of dates is a great way to get a sweet fix without the need for refined sugar.

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Best Kind of Dates to Use

There are many different varieties of dates and they vary in shape, size and flavour. Which type I use usually depends on what I can find in my area, although they are readily available online too. I’d say the best kind of dates for recipes like this are medjool dates. They’re sweet, soft, moist and taste like caramel.

Deglect noor dates are a little smaller and drier than medjool dates. They have a sweet, delicate flavour and are good for cooking and recipes but also yummy just for eating. Honey dates are soft and creamy and have a deeply sweet flavour. I love their melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes them a deliciously sweet treat on their own but they’re also great for sweetening recipes.

Sayer dates are delicious as well. They’re small, gooey and super sweet. I use them often in recipes because they blend beautifully and add the perfect sweetness. Other dates varieties include barhi, dayri, halawy, khadrawy, thoory and zahidi. I don’t have much experience with these varieties or haven’t seem them in my local larger grocery stores. They should be available in any Mediterranean market or specialty store or you can always shop online.

If you can’t find any fresh, soft dates, no problem. Place dry dates in a bowl, pour boiling water over them and let soak for 15 minutes. After soaking them, drain well and they’re ready to use in recipes.

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Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Okay, pecan pie energy bites time! You can now get your delicious pecan pie fix in vegan, no-bake, gluten-free, sweet and salty bite form. Traditional pecan pie definitely isn’t something you can be eating everyday but popping one or two of these healthy bites is no problem.

These bites are healthy enough to eat as part of breakfast or for snacking anytime but they’re also delicious enough for dessert. I’ve served these on a holiday dessert tray and everyone always loves them.

I love them straight from the freezer for a treat. You can also try them crumbled over a smoothie bowl, on top of oatmeal, chopped and added to banana ice cream or cut in half with some almond butter in the middle.

They’re so simple but the flavours are just perfect.

Recipe Substitutions

With just 4 ingredients, there isn’t much to substitute in these but you can try almonds or walnuts instead of pecans if you want to switch it up. I haven’t tried these made with raisins in place of dates but that’s an option too if you can’t do dates for some reason.

If you do want to try raisins, I’d recommend soaking them in hot water for 15 minutes and draining before using. These can also be pressed into a pan and cut into bars if you prefer.

I didn’t add any additional spices to the recipe but I’m sure a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger would be delicious if you want to play around with it. You can also take a read through the comments to see what other readers have tried, such as rolling them in powdered coconut sugar and cinnamon…YUM.

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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 pecan pie bites call for just 4 ingredients but they’re in no way short on flavour. Get your pecan pie-fix in healthy bite form! You can enjoy these for a snack, dessert or as part of a healthy breakfast. Or try them crumbled over banana ice cream, a smoothie bowl or chia seed pudding.




  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Remove and roll into balls.
  4. Store in the fridge.

Keywords: pecan pie bites, no-bake pecan balls