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The Best Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls Recipe

August 15, 2018

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls?  Yep, it’s time.

Hands up if you could eat pumpkin all year round?!  The answer here is absolutely yes!  However, I do like to temper my pumpkin love until it’s a least close to back to school.  So yes, I’m totally not hating on Starbucks for bringing out the PSL mid-August.

pumpkin spice protein bites for healthy fall snack

So – prepare yourself… this post is one of the first seasonal flavor posts you’ll be seeing over the next few months!

I’ve got lots of yummy fall-inspired recipes for snacks, side-dishes and comfort foods coming your way.  But – newsflash for no one… they’ll all have a healthy spin.  Low carb and keto-friendly snacks and desserts, healthy Thanksgiving side dishes and some clean eating holiday and Christmas treats coming your way!

Until then… pumpkin spice protein balls.

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Benefits of Pumpkin

So why pumpkin?  What makes pumpkin so great for us?  Aside from the fact that basically everyone loves pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin in its pure form (I don’t mean pumpkin pie mix) helps to slow digestion.  It’s full of fiber!  But unlike other sources of fiber like whole grains, it’s a very low in calories.  Pumpkin is also full of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  Web MD explains 6 surprising benefits of pumpkin.

Why Should I include protein in my snacks?

Did you ever eat a snack that didn’t include protein?  Usually you are starving just a bit later.  That’s because protein has the power to keep you fueled!  Including protein in your snacks will help to keep you satiated and not craving another snack 20 minutes later.  Since these pumpkin spice protein balls include both protein and pumpkin you are getting a protein and fiber filled snack!

Want the Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls Recipe?  Keep Scrolling!

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Servings 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 servings protein powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 TB mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix until well incorporated.  

    Scoop out approximately 12 balls with a small cookie scooper.  Balls will be a firm pumpkin pie consistency.  

    Place balls on plate and freeze for 10 minutes before serving if eating immediately.  

    Store frozen and thaw for 5 minutes before serving.

pumpkin protein balls recipe

What Kind of Protein Should I use?

You can choose any kind of vanilla protein powder to include in these pumpkin spice energy balls.  Here are a few of my favorite protein and superfood powders I use that make this recipe delicious!
Tone it Up – Vanilla Organic Plant Protein
Orgain Organic Protein
Shakeology – Vanilla Vegan

One of my favorite shakes – Shakeology – is actually coming out with a Pumpkin Spice flavor!

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Are you pumpkin-obsessed too?  Did you get your first PSL yet???  Tell me about that pumpkin-love in the comments!!

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4 Comments

  • Sarah

    September 17, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    What is 1.5 Serving size protein powder? (In cups/tablespoons) thx

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      September 17, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      it depends on which protein powder you use. the one I use one serving is 2 scoops but some are just one. Check the label on your protein powder and then multiple by 1.5

  • Jessica sims

    September 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    How many calories are in this and protein per ball? How many should one consume? 2 or 3

    1. mommafitpgh@gmail.com

      September 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      It really depends on your protein! Depending on what protein you use will determine how many calories are in each one. I would estimate servings to be 2 for a snack portion and calories to be around 140 per two balls. Protein will depend on which protein you select. Hope that helps!

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