Pumpkin Protein Balls (No Added Sugar)

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Hi, guys!

Just popping in real quick to share a new favorite recipe in our house: Pumpkin Protein Balls! I’m actually off to a (sort of) last-minute Entyvio appointment. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, but, with our upcoming trip to San Francisco, I bumped it to next week. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling so great (lots of cramps, no energy), so I called yesterday to see if the Infusion Suite could fit me in before I left. Thankfully, they have an appointment first thing this morning, so it’ll be a mad-dash to get there. No joke, during rush hour, it’ll take me 2+ hours to get to my appointment when it normally takes me 30-40 minutes. Ughhhhh, but at least I have French toast iced coffee, Pumpkin Protein Balls, and Girls Gone WOD to keep me entertained! 🙂

Anyway, back to the Pumpkin Protein Balls… they’re a huge hit in our house right now, and I love that they’re not loaded with sugar like some recipes you find. A lot of protein balls turn into more of a dessert, which, of course, is totally fine, but these ones are the perfect healthy snack with a nice balance of protein, carbs, and fat!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup smooth nut butter
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

Directions: Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and then roll into 8 balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Recipe can be made with your choice of protein powder flavor and/or nut butter. If balls are too sticky, roll them in extra pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and/or protein powder. (It just depends on “smooth” your nut butter is!)
Macros: P 4 C 7 F 6

 

 

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23 Comments

  1. Might need to make some of these this weekend! I hate how most protein balls are either really high in carbs or fat, but low on protein. These are a nice little balance of both!

  2. Yum! I love energy/protein balls as a snack — they’re just so satisfying and “rich” without being terrible on your macros.

    Can’t wait to try these! Just have to get some chia seeds — and some more nut butter. (Someone went ham on the almost empty container… *scrape scrape, nibble nibble*

  3. Protein balls have become a staple in our house. We went through a phase of eating them like M&M’s , all healthy ingredients, totally fine right?! haha

    Love the pumpkin mix in, will need to try it! I just made the protein balls with cinnamon toast crunch… HOLY COW! Dangerous.

  4. Sorry you’re not feeling well 🙁
    I need to try all these pumpkin recipes that are popping up! Maybe cooler weather this weekend will put me in the baking mood!

  5. I am so making these tonight, especially because I’m out of my go-to homemade pumpkin oat breakfast cookies and because my pantry is stocked with canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Tis the season is right! … but I might double or triple the recipe and add some chocolate. 😉

  6. I am SO jealous you don’t have to take work into account when re-scheduling infusions! I am on remicade and work full-time, so the thought of moving an infusion date makes me shudder. It sounds like a dream to be able to call and go!

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