I used to hate on the whole "meal prep energy balls" trend, but as I've gotten creative with my flavors, they've become one of my favorite snacks!
I mean, you can't beat the cookie dough texture made from real food ingredients that doubles as a post-workout snack or healthy treat. Right?!
And if that's not enough, today's no bake energy balls are actually pumpkin spice energy balls!
They're a simple no bake recipe with cozy fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and, of course, dark chocolate.
Simple ingredients: this recipe is made with real pumpkin puree and basic pantry staples.
Easy to make: all you need is one bowl and a spatula!
Pumpkin season: the perfect treat for those early fall months when there is no shortage of pumpkin recipes. (PS if you need another pumpkin recipe you have to make my chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!)
High protein: each healthy bite has 4 grams of protein!
Allergy friendly: these pumpkin spice protein balls are naturally gluten free and dairy free with no added sugar.
Kid friendly: meal prep these at the beginning of the week, then throw a couple in your kids' lunch boxes for a healthy snack.
Step 1: mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together the oat flour, protein powder, Stevia, and spices until well combined. If you are making your own oat flour, pulse the oats in a food processor first, then add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend until smooth.
Step 2: mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, chia seeds, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
Step 3: mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and fold until well combined. Pour in the pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips, mixing until incorporated. The dough will be slightly wet and sticky.
Step 4: flash freeze. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden while you wash the dishes.
Step 5: make the pumpkin balls. Remove the protein balls from the freezer. Use a one tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the dough and roll into balls.
Step 6: flash freeze again. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then place each bite on the paper. Freeze for 15 minutes, then store in the fridge until ready to eat.
I prefer using glass tupperware, but you can use any airtight container you have. These pumpkin protein bites will keep fresh for up to one week in the fridge.
Place on a cookie sheet and flash freeze for 30 minutes, then transfer to a large ziploc bag and store for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in the fridge the night before and thaw overnight.
You could also thaw at room temperature, but they might retain excess liquid from freezing and get a little mushy.
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Whether it's pumpkin season or not, these no bake pumpkin protein balls are a great addition to your weekly menu.
The best part? They are a great way to get in some extra protein while satisfying your sweet tooth!
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Made with nourishing ingredients like oats, chia seeds, almond butter, pumpkin, and dark chocolate, these Healthy Pumpkin Protein Balls are the perfect fall snack. Each energy bite is gluten free, refined sugar free, and has 4 grams of protein.
*See blog post for substitutions.
**If you don't have this on hand, use 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger, and 1/4 tsp cloves.
Serving: 1 ball / Calories: 90 / Fat: 3.8g / Saturated fat: 0.2g / Carbohydrates: 10.7g / Fiber: 2.3g / Sugar: 0.2g / Protein: 4.3g
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