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By Sarah Brown
Moffitt Clinical Dietician

We all know that fall means one thing…PUMPKIN! We also know that during treatment you may find it difficult to eat enough calories and protein every day. These no-bake energy bites are a great high-calorie and high-protein snack that can be prepared in minutes. Swap out ingredients to make this recipe your own!

Yields: 25 bites


2 cups oats

½ cup canned pumpkin puree

¼ cup almond or peanut butter

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ pumpkin seeds

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup honey

Pinch of salt

½ cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well-blended (tip: using a food processor will create a smoother texture). Scoop mixture and form 25 balls. Freeze until solid. Can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator.

Nutrition facts (per energy bite): 80 calories, 2 g protein, 1.8 g fiber, 12 g carbohydrate

Recommended serving size: 3 bites (240 kcals, 6 g protein, 5.4 g fiber, 36 g carbohydrate)

Ways to add more calories, protein, or flavor! Get creative and make this recipe your own. Below are some ideas to get started:

  • Dried fruits (craisin, raisin, dates)
  • Coconut flakes
  • Flax seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup