These Pumpkin Protein Balls are the perfect fall-inspired snack packed with nutrition, protein, and overall deliciousness. They're a nutrient-dense combination of simple ingredients like rolled oats, raisins, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree. So believe us when we say your house will smell DELISH when you make these pumpkin energy balls!
These protein balls make for a hearty snack or delightful dessert. They have a wonderful texture and are the perfect energy fix when you're in a crunch! Pumpkin energy bites are easy to make and are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters!
Not only do these vegan protein balls taste amazing, but they’re also a perfect two-bite dessert or snack! They taste like tiny slices of perfect pumpkin pie.
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This Pumpkin Protein Balls recipe is...
- A wonderful two-bite snack
- Made with healthy, simple ingredients
- Ready in less than an hour
How to Make Pumpkin Protein Balls
- Preheat oven and prep baking tray.
- Make chia egg.
- Make oat flour.
- Mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add all ingredients except flour and stir well.
- Add oat flour and stir.
- Cover the batter and place it in the fridge for 20–30 minutes.
- Roll batter into balls and coat with rolled oats.
- Bake until lightly brown.
Full directions for how to make Pumpkin Protein Balls are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Tips & Tricks for Pumpkin Protein Balls
Make a chia egg easily.
Simply mix the chia seeds with water and let them sit for 10–15 minutes to make a chia egg. The texture will be similar to a traditional egg when it's finished. Chia eggs work just as well as traditional eggs for making ingredients stick together—and chia eggs are super healthy!
Make your own oat flour.
Oat flour is easy to make. All you need are some rolled oats and a high-speed blender to process them until they are ground. It's that simple!
Sweeten up your protein balls.
These pumpkin energy bites are fantastic, but they're not overly sweet. If you're looking to sweeten them up a bit, add 1–2 tablespoons of maple syrup or additional raisins. You could also add dark chocolate chips or craisins for a sweet and unique flavor.
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Pumpkin Protein Balls FAQs
How long can I store these protein balls?
These pumpkin energy bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. Alternatively, you could keep them in the freezer for a month or two, but you'll need to let them thaw before eating them again—they can get pretty hard!
Are these vegan protein balls healthy?
These protein balls are packed with nutrition! They are protein-rich and make for a hearty and healthy snack. Thanks to the rolled oats, raisins, and chia seeds, these vegan protein balls make for a delicoius, nutrient-dense treat.
Pumpkin Protein Balls
- ⅓ cups rolled oats
- 2 cups homemade oat flour see directions
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1 tbsp chía seeds + ¼ cup water
- ¾ cups pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking tray with baking paper and set it aside.
- Mix the chia seeds with water and let them sit for 10–15 minutes until the chia egg has developed.
- Make homemade oat flour: Process rolled oats in a high-speed blender until oats are ground. To make two cups of homemade oat flour, you’ll need 2 ⅓–½ cups of rolled oats. However, you can also use store-bought oat flour if desired.
- Mix wet ingredients—pumpkin puree, non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and chia egg—in a large bowl until well combined.
- Add raisins, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and baking powder and combine.
- Finally, add oat flour and stir to combine.
- Cover the batter with wrapping paper or a silicone wrap and place it in the fridge for 20–30 minutes to allow the oats to absorb any excess liquid.
- Roll the batter into 20 balls and then coat each of them with rolled oats.
- Bake the balls for 10–12 minutes or until oats get lightly brown.
- Store these energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
- These energy balls aren’t super sweet; they are meant as a healthy snack. Adjust their sweetness by adding one or two more tbsp of maple syrup or extra raisins.