Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites

Hello friends! These pumpkin spice protein bites are filled with fall flavours and will keep you going no matter what time of day- or year.

As I’m sitting here writing this post, a typhoon is brewing outside.  The sky is darkening and the wind is beginning to howl, blowing all the crackling dry leaves down the street.  It’s all reminding me of autumn, my favourite season! Not only do I love the invigorating change of weather, I just adore foods of the fall harvest: pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, spices… all those cozy warm flavours that just make me want to curl up with a blanket and a good book.

And as I understand it, we celebrated National Pumpkin Day in the US just last week!  The US has a day for everything, I reckon. But I can get into Pumpkin Day with the best of them… especially with these cute little pumpkin protein bites. They’re everything I love:

  • easy & quick to make (these took me 15 min start to finish)
  • uses only 10 ingredients (that I had on hand)
  • no-bake
  • healthy! (full of potassium, Vitamin A, protein & fiber)
  • and so delicious

So let’s get going!  These little bites use only pumpkin puree (in the US, I’d use canned pumpkin, but here in Philippines, I boil & mash the local kalabasa squash), coconut flour, powdered peanut butter, protein powder (I used a combo of salted caramel whey protein + vanilla pea protein), oatmeal, & almond butter (you can substitute any nut or seed butter), and spices.

It’s a one-bowl job and you just mix everything together and roll it into balls.  If you want to get extra fancy, roll the balls in cinnamon/sugar or cinnamon/stevia plus almond meal.

And that’s it! Easy and delicious.  This recipe makes 10-11 bites but it would easily double.

Happy Pumpkin Day, friends! And happy autumn!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10-11 bites

Serving Size: 1 bite

Calories (per serving): 36

Fat: 1.4gm

Carbs: 3gm

Protein: 3gm

Fiber: 1 gm

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites

Ingredients

    For the bites:
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ c quick oats
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 2 T. powdered peanut butter
  • 10 grams (~2T.) salted caramel whey protein (I used Wheyl brand)
  • 10 grams (~2T.) vanilla pea protein (I used Vega Sport Performance)
  • 1 T. almond butter
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. nutmeg
  • For rolling (optional):
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 2 t. granulated stevia (I used Truvia brand), or sugar
  • 2 t. finely ground almond meal

Method

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the the cinnamon/stevia/almond meal for rolling. Mix into a stiff dough.
  • Roll into 10-11 small balls. Chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Combine cinnamon, sugar or stevia, and almond meal. Roll chilled balls in topping mixture, and store in the refrigerator.
  • Makes 10-11.
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