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Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Easy, raw, bite-sized, naturally sweetened collagen bites full of chocolate and pecan pie flavors without all the hard work and sugar! Raw, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and paleo. Try my apple pie and coconut lemon poppy seed energy bites next.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Energy bites > pie

I’ve probably mentioned this in past years, but I’m not a huge fan of pie. Depending on what kind you make, it can be a pain in the ass – you make the crust, then maybe have to cook a filling, pour it just so, bake it without it overflowing, making sure that the crust edges don’t burn but are still cooked through… meh. I’d rather not.

I know there are people who would totally argue my point and say that making a layer cake is just as much a pain in the ass with the leveling, making sure the texture is right, making the frosting and icing the cake with it.

And you would be correct, it can also be time consuming and meticulous – but for some reason I enjoy that kind more. Maybe it’s just because cake = frosting. Yeah… that’s probably why.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

My fiancé loves pie (this strawberry rhubarb pie is a favorite for his birthday), so I try to remember that pie is beloved by basically everyone else in the universe so I need to get over myself and just make one from time to time.

OR… I can still manage to avoid it by making pie into little energy bites that requires far less work, no crust, and isn’t something for which I need to justify the calories. Enter the Pecan Pie Energy Bites. More specifically, Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

I’ve had a recipe idea in my head for a raw chocolate pecan pie for the last couple years and I just haven’t gotten it exactly the way I want it yet. So in lieu of that, I still wanted to make something with pecans and chocolate for this holiday season.

And since I’m doing everything in my power not to eat every single thing in sight so that my poor wedding dress doesn’t burst at the seams come February, I figure this is a good compromise to still get some nutty dessert flavors with the added bonus of them actually being pretty good for you.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Here’s what we’re looking at, ingredient-wise:

  • Medjool dates: This is where the sweetness comes from – no added sugar!
  • Cashew butter or almond butter (aff link): Cashew is my personal favorite for these, but almond works just fine, too.
  • Pecans: Because they wouldn’t be pecan pie bites without… pecans.
  • Collagen peptides: I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (aff link), and it helps promote healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as joint health.
  • Chia seeds: Helps to control hunger, and packs a punch of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.
  • Vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon: Just gives it a little somethin’ somethin’ and adds flavor.
Pecan Pie Energy Bites

And for the chocolate version, we’re also adding:

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

I brought these into my office, and people were loving them. One person threatened to steal the whole container, another called them “absolutely delightful”. Granted, he was partially predisposed to liking them because it was his birthday and I was basically letting him eat pie for breakfast.

I got requests to make more of them, but little did they know I had a secret second container of them waiting in the wings. I’m a real evil genius.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

These are soft, so it’s not like biting into a truffle or something with a hard shell on the outside. It’s more or less the texture of cookie dough, and similar to the apple pie bites I made last year.

I know some people see chia seeds and immediately become concerned with having chia seeds stuck in their teeth, but there’s a pretty small amount in these and I’m yet to have any stuck in my teeth – and trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of these in one sitting.

But if you’re really that worried about it, you can leave the chia seeds out – you’ll just be missing out on their nutritional value, but it won’t affect the flavor.

I’ll let you know when I finally perfect that raw chocolate pecan pie recipe, but until then let’s indulge ourselves in these little guys and feel good about all the calories we’re saving for Christmas Cookies in a couple months <3

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

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Pecan Pie Energy Bites

Pecan Pie Energy Bites or Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1524 balls 1x

Description

Easy, raw, bite-sized, naturally sweetened collagen bites full of chocolate and pecan pie flavors without all the hard work and sugar! Raw, gluten free, dairy free, vegan and paleo.


Ingredients

Scale

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates, packed tightly (about 68 dates)
  • 2/3 cup almond butter (aff link) or cashew butter
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans
  • 1 tablespoon collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (aff link))
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates, packed tightly (about 68 dates)
  • 2/3 cup almond butter (aff link) or cashew butter
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (aff link)
  • 2 tablespoons collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (aff link))
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life mini chips (aff link))

Instructions

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans out on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prep another baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine dates and nut butter and pulse until the dates have broken down into smaller chunks, about 5 seconds.
  4. Add pecans, collagen, vanilla, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt and pulse again until crumbly and you can squeeze the mixture in your fingers and have it all stick together.
  5. Use a tablespoon (or small cookie scoop (aff link)) to scoop out the mixture and roll them into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecans out on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Prep another baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine dates and nut butter and pulse until the dates have broken down into smaller chunks, about 5 seconds.
  4. Add pecans, cacao powder, collagen, vanilla, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt and pulse again until crumbly and you can squeeze the mixture in your fingers and have it all stick together.
  5. Add mini chocolate chips to food processor and give it a single pulse just to distribute the chips throughout.
  6. Use a tablespoon (or small cookie scoop) to scoop out the mixture and roll them into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Notes

Pecan Pie Energy Bites will make 15-18 balls.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Energy Bites will make 20-24 balls.

  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: chocolate pecan balls, chocolate energy balls, chocolate energy bites, pecan pie bites

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Noel Lizotte

Monday 22nd of October 2018

I love this recipe! Too much probably ... because I'm not sure I could stop eating these until the pan was empty!

Andrea

Monday 22nd of October 2018

These are the kind of treats I crave this time of the year! I love the chocolate+ pecan combo, I could snck on these forever!

Sam | Ahead of Thyme

Sunday 21st of October 2018

YUMM, this looks like the perfect fall snack! I've been looking for some healthier snack options so this is perfect. Pinning to try this week!

Eileen Kelly

Sunday 21st of October 2018

These chocolate pecan pie energy snacks are delicious! I love that you are using the collagen peptides. I have been working with them and I love what it brings to food. These are a perfect pick me up! My daughter is training for NYC marathon, these will be a great snack for the last 2 weeks before the marathon.,

lauren

Sunday 21st of October 2018

I would rather make a two tier cake than a pie crust. Truth. These little bites of pecan bliss look amazing. Love that you added in the chocolate, because duh.

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