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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

Guest Post: Debbie the DieticianWelcome to Debbie, the writer behind the wonderful Dietician Debbie Dishes!

Debbie is a Registered Dietitian who works at a local hospital by day and blogs on this space by night. Debbie believes in approaching a healthy diet like a minimalist would approach a cluttered home. Bare down to the basics of simple, wholesome, unprocessed or minimally foods. Clear out all the clutter (ie. junk food, refined grains, and sugar). Limit things that come in boxes and bags and incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetarian protein.

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Hey There! I am so excited to be sharing a post with you all on Jill’s blog today! She is such an inspiration in the world of healthy living blogging. If you are a big blog reader like I am, you may have seen some recipes similar to these bites floating around. Who knew that soaked dates and a little cocoa powder or melted chocolate could be so delicious together? I mean, who needs Halloween candy when you can make these wholesome bites in a little under an hour?

These little dark chocolate pumpkin bites are great for a little sweet after dinner snack or a bit of pre-workout energy.

Like any good snack, you want to incorporate a good balance of fiber (pumpkin and dates), protein (almonds), and fat (coconut oil and cocoa). Each bite is around only 85 calories and offers over 10% of your daily intake for Vitamins E and A. Plus, they are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.

This recipe makes about one dozen 1″ bites. However, feel free to double or triple the recipe. I found that my food processor still had plenty of room for doubling the batch. Since you will have leftover canned pumpkin after making these bites, you may want to check out Jill’s great pumpkin recipe roundup. Personally, I love adding a bit of pumpkin puree to my oatmeal in the morning with a handful of walnuts and a bit of maple syrup. Mmm…

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

Yield: 1 dozen 1" bites

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

These little dark chocolate pumpkin bites are great for a little sweet after dinner snack or a bit of pre-workout energy.


  • ~15 Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa + Extra for Dusting


  1. Place pitted dates in a large bowl and cover with warm water. Set aside to soak for 15-30 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, add the almonds and puree until they have reached an almond flour/meal consistency.
  3. Drain the dates and add to the almonds in the food processor along with the coconut oil, pumpkin puree and cocoa.
  4. Puree until a thick dough has formed. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Pour an extra 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa into a small bowl and roll the date bites in the cocoa to coat.
  5. Place finished bites on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes or until firm and enjoy! Store bites in the fridge in a ziploc bag for up to 1 week or freeze to keep them longer. (Although, they didn't last long at my house!)

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5 Facts About Dark Chocolate

  • may reduce the risk of a heart attack
  • may decrease blood pressure
  • may improve arterial blood flow
  • full of antioxidants
  • high in vitamins and minerals

Source: Fit Day

What is your favorite dark chocolate recipe?

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  1. Just saw this post in a recipe roundup and I’m dying to try it!! Looks so yummy 🙂

  2. Ok I pinned this a while back and just got around to making them, these are delicious! and I don’t feel an ounce of guilt after eating them, even better 😉 Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

  3. Mmm pumpkin and chocolate…..two of my favourite things right now! (Well, chocolate is a favourite thing any time of the year 😉 ) I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I needed to buy dates. Now I can make the bites. They sound too good not to 🙂

  4. I just got a chance to read through all of the comments and I am blown away by your kind words! Hope everyone enjoys the bites. Dates are a fun thing to keep in your kitchen so you have them on hand at all times for these bites. 🙂 I chop dates and add them to smoothies or oatmeal for some sweetness OR slice them open, fill with peanut butter, and eat them as a snack. Huge thanks to Jill for letting me guest post!

    1. Thank you Debbie for the recipe and the date ideas. The peanut butter stuffed sounds awesome. I bought dates yesterday 🙂

  5. How lucky for me that you posted this today as I have some dates that I was wondering what in the world to do with! And, like everyone else, I love pumpkin…. and chocolate! I am going to try this out, thanks for sharing.

    1. I’ve never made a recipe with dates and I think I’ve been missing out. Tricia what are your favorite ways to eat dates? Any tips or suggestions?

      1. I don’t have any recipes for baking or cooking with dates. I usually have dates as a special treat if I eat them along. I will add it to overnight oats, regular oats, cereal, yogurt or even granola mixes.

  6. UMMMM….Those pumpkin bites doeeeeee! On a meal plan right now, so won’t be having these super soon, but filing this recipe away for a rainy day!

    1. Hi Brittany. It’s a brilliant flavor combination isn’t it. I can’t wait to make them.

  7. I feel like these out of the fridge would be SO GOOD! I haven’t made energy bites with pumpkin but I have some I need to use up!

    1. Hi Joanna. It’s a brilliant flavor combination isn’t it. A perk of having guest posts 🙂

  8. Pumpkin + dark chocolate! WE have a winner! I need to stock up on some pumpkin this weekend and join the pumpkin craze! have a great weekend!

    1. That’s exactly what I thought when I read the recipe. That flavor combination is a winner! A great weekend to you too 🙂

  9. Oh my gosh, yum! Dates? I never knew! This recipe looks great! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    1. Hi Sami! This will be the first recipe I make with dates. Do you eat them often? I think I’ve been missing out.

  10. Oh, yum! I was just wondering what I should make with some leftover dates. These sound awesome!

    1. I’ve never made a recipe with dates so I’m going to buy some this weekend. What are some of the ways you use dates? Any suggestions or tips?

  11. My favorite chocolate recipe is any one that is closest to me! But love me some chocolate and pumpkin!

  12. Ooooh these sound yummy! I love dark chocolate, but unfortunately my fiancé does not…..worth trying to convince him? Thanks Debbie, LOVE your site, and love the sound of these 🙂

    1. Pumpkin is a staple! Your pregnancy posts always make me want to have another baby 🙂 OMG my husband would freak out if I told him LOL

    1. I seem to always have leftover pumpkin in the fridge. Have a wonderful weekend Angela 🙂

  13. Oh yum!!!! I absolutely love dark chocolate and, I’m the only one in my family so I get to have it all to myself. I just picked up some dates for some bars I was making and now I can use the leftovers. Love this and cannot wait to make these!

    1. Me too Allie! There are very few things I don’t have to share and dark chocolate is one of them.

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