These pumpkin protein balls have the perfect blend of flavors that will remind you of the fall season. They're also packed with protein and nutrients and come together in less than 10 minutes for the perfect easy snack.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This recipe uses simple ingredients
- They're a great meal prep option for a quick snack throughout the week
- These pumpkin spice protein balls are a great addition to your festive fall recipe line-up
- They're ready in less than 10 minutes and a no-bake recipe
- It's a great option for a snack on the go or a pre-workout snack
- They're also a great snack if you have a sweet tooth
- Pumpkin puree - for this recipe you'll need canned pumpkin puree, not canned pumpkin pie filling. Look for canned pumpkin with one ingredient—pumpkin!
- Almond butter - almond butter has a subtly nutty flavor that blends perfectly with the other cozy fall flavors. Pick a creamy almond butter with just almonds and salt. Almond butter is a great way to add healthy fats in your diet.
- Pure maple syrup - pure maple syrup adds the perfect sweetness and fall flavor to these pumpkin oatmeal protein balls.
- Vanilla extract & salt - just a splash of vanilla and a dash of salt.
- Old-fashioned rolled oats - Use old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe. Our favorite brand is the One Degree brand from Costco.
- Vanilla protein powder - use a high quality, tasty protein powder for this recipe. Our personal favorites are Clean Simple Eats*, Truvani*, and Just Ingredients.
- Pumpkin pie spice - no pumpkin protein ball is complete without pumpkin pie spice. You can purchase it from the store or create your own at home with a mix of spices.
- Ground flax seed and chia seeds - these ingredients are optional, but we love to add them in.
- Mini chocolate chips - mini chocolate chips are our favorite addition to protein balls. Just the right amount of sweetness! We love adding semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.
See the recipe card below for a complete list of ingredients and measurements.
Equipment You’ll Need
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Baking sheet and parchment paper for easy clean-up
- Mixing bowl and spatula
Step by Step Directions
For the full recipe instructions, scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Add the pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well.
Add the rolled oats, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and chia/flax seeds (optional). Mix well.
Mix in the mini chocolate chips and mix well.
Use a cookie scoop for ease and scoop the mixture into balls. Place them on the baking sheet. After scooping all the batter, place the protein balls into an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.
Tips & Variations
- Instead of almond butter, you can use cashew butter. You can also use sunflower butter for a nut-free option. If you use a creamy peanut butter, note that the flavor will differ since peanut butter is a stronger flavor.
- You can use dark, milk, semisweet, or white chocolate chips.
- A few sprinkles of hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds are also a great addition.
- A cookie scoop helps to make the process easier and faster.
- If you want a stronger pumpkin flavor, you can slightly increase the amount of pumpkin pie spice.
- If you find that the batter is too runny, add a few more tablespoons of oats until you reach the desired consistency. If it is too dry, you can try adding a little bit more pumpkin puree, almond butter, or maple syrup (if not too sweet for your liking).
Store the protein balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days or the freezer for 2 months. If you freeze them, let them come to room temperature before eating.
Yes, these protein balls can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
Make it dairy-free and vegan: use a plant-based protein powder and dairy-free/vegan chocolate chips.
Make it gluten-free: ensure the oats you use are certified gluten-free.
If you like these pumpkin pie protein balls, check out a few of our other recipes perfect for fall:
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Pumpkin Protein Balls
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Add the pumpkin puree, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well.
- Add the rolled oats, protein powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and chia/flax seeds (optional). Mix well.
- Mix in the mini chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop for ease and scoop the mixture into balls. Place them on the baking sheet. After scooping all of the balls, place them in an airtight container or freeze them.
- Make it dairy-free and vegan: use a plant-based protein powder and vegan chocolate chips.
- Make it gluten-free: ensure the oats you use are certified gluten-free.
The recipe can be found on My Fitness Pal by searching "BWB Pumpkin Protein Balls."
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