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These Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls are made with just 6 ingredients, in under 10 minutes and all in 1 food processor. Tender and crunchy balls that taste like fall- they’re high in protein, low in sugar, vegan & gluten free.

vegan pumpkin protein balls on a baking tray

Protein balls and energy bites are on the top of my meal prep list that I make weekly. They’re just the most convenient little snack packed with wholesome ingredients. Plus, they’re so much more cheaper to make at home than buying vegan protein bars cause that ishhhh can get pricey $$$.

Because it is officially fall, I wanted to make some kind of pumpkin energy balls that were quick and easy to make, no bake, high in protein and naturally sweetened with dates. This recipe covers all the requirements and are seriously so delicious! The taste is not too sweet (thanks to the dates), perfectly nutty (thanks to the peanut butter) with the pumpkin pie spice coming right through. The texture is tender and chewy, yet still crunchy thanks to the chia seeds. To make these nut free, you can also switch up the peanut butter for sunflower butter!

vegan pumpkin spice protein balls ingredients

Ingredients in these Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Just 6 ingredients (plus a dash of salt) needed to make these delish pumpkin spice protein balls! You probably already have these in your pantry right now too 😉

  • Peanut butter: Used as the binder. You can also use any nut butter or seed butter for a nut-free version.
  • Dates: A natural sweetener that also helps with binding.
  • Protein powder: To boost the protein content and give it body.
  • Chia seeds: To boost up the healthy fats and increase omega-3s.
  • Oat flour: To help mold these protein bites. Make your own oat flour by blending the same amount in grams until a flour consistency.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: Duhhhh, cause these are pumpkin spice protein balls!

And for some extra yumminess, add on your choice of toppings. I really like drizzling on some dark chocolate and topping it off with some maple hemp seeds!

how to make vegan pumpkin protein balls step by step in food processor

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

The best thing about homemade protein balls is that they’re actually so easy to make. Blend. Roll. Freeze.

  1. Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined.
  2. Take a tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball.
  3. Optional, but recommended… top with your favourite toppings!
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to let them firm up then gobble ’em up.
drizzling on chocolate over vegan protein bites

A quick tip on making protein balls: Depending on how soft your dates are, how runny your nut butter is and how absorbent the protein powder is, the mixture may come out too wet or too dry. If you find the mixture to be too wet, add in more protein powder or oat flour. If you find the mixture to be too dry, add in more nut butter or dates.

adding on hemp seeds to protein balls

How to Store Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites

I find these pumpkin balls stay freshest stored in an air container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long!). If you double, or even triple a batch, they’ll stay good in the freezer for about a month. Eat straight out of the fridge or freezer (my preferred way of eating them) or let them sit at room temperature for super soft and tender protein balls.

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How many grams of protein do these pumpkin protein balls have?

These pumpkin protein bites have 6 grams of protein EACH! Eat two of them and thats an easy 12 grams of protein right there. They’re the perfect post work-out snack, breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up.

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These pumpkin spice protein balls are seriously SO good I hope you try and love them as much as I do! They’re a great snack to meal prep because of how easy and quick they are to make.

close up of vegan pumpkin protein bites

More No-Bake Energy Balls to Try!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls


  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 balls 1x

Description

These Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls are made with just 6 ingredients, in under 10 minutes and all in 1 food processor. Tender and crunchy balls that taste like fall- they’re high in protein, low in sugar, vegan & gluten free.


Ingredients

Scale

Optional toppings:


Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the ingredients form a cookie dough like consistency. 
  2. Scoop out 1 heaping tbsp of the mixture and roll them into balls. I was able to make 14 balls that weighed around 28g each. 
  3. Place them into a parchment lined tray or container. 
  4. Optional step: drizzle on some melted chocolate and top with hemp seeds (or crushed nuts/seeds of choice). 
  5. Place them into the fridge or freezer to firm up for at least 30 minutes. 
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 month for best taste and texture. 

Notes

  • If you find the mixture is too dry, add in 1-2 tbsp of nut butter or dates. If you find the mixture to be too wet, add in more protein powder or oat flour, 1 tbsp at a time. The amount needed will depend on how soft your dates are, how oily your nut butter is and how absorbent your protein powder is. 
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 protein ball
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: 5.4g
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: pumpkin protein balls, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin energy balls, protein bites

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.


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  1. This recipe is amazing!! I made my own pumpkin spice with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice and it was so easy! It seems healthy enough to eat as a post-workout snack if you ask me!