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These Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites are going to be just what your fall-loving taste buds need.
Love pumpkin spice flavor but don’t love all the calories?
\We’ve got you covered! These protein bites are made with healthy low fat peanut butter powder and have all the deliciousness of pumpkin spice, without any of the guilt.
You won’t believe how good these protein bites taste – they really do hit the spot for when you need a little pumpkin spice in your life. And because they’re made with natural ingredients, you can feel good about eating them too.
These healthy pumpkin protein balls are like a dessert and a protein-packed treat all in one! Allow yourself to indulge – they’re really, really good!
Plus they are kid friendly too! I literally can’t make enough of these at a time because everyone eats them!
WHAT ARE PROTEIN BITES?
While the recipes can vary, they’re typically a no-bake treat that offers a boost of protein with other natural or simple ingredients.
Protein bites are a perfect snack for those looking for a quick and easy way to get their daily dose of protein. They are simple to make and can be tailored to fit any flavor preference. In this recipe, we’re making a pumpkin spice flavored protein ball but they are super easy to customize!
They’re a fast snack with no oven or baking required at all! These can be stored in the fridge or packed for a quick snack during the workday as well.
EASY PUMPKIN PROTEIN BALLS INGREDIENTS
- PBFit Protein Powder Pumpkin Spice
- Rolled Oats
- Chia Seeds (of Flax Seeds)
- Protein Powder (Optional – PB Fit already has 7 grams of plant-based protein per serving!)
- Walnut pieces
PB Fit Peanut Butter Powder
The reason that I love this PBfit pumpkin spiced peanut butter powder is that it tastes basically just like peanut butter once you add water to it. You get all the peanut butter taste with 90% less fat and about 1/3 the calories!
PBfit Pumpkin Spice also has 7 grams of plant-based protein per serving. It’s so easy to add to protein shakes, smoothies, oatmeal, baking recipes, and more!
I love that it’s plant-based because then it doesn’t have a bunch of additives or fillers to it. Clean is the way for me! And because it’s so clean, I can add it to foods I know my kids will be eating and feel good about it!
I personally like to use raw unfiltered honey so that I’m adding some really good stuff, along with some sweetness and binding powder.
Raw unfiltered honey also contains enzymes and antioxidants that are can be beneficial for the body. These are typically destroyed when pasteurizing honey.
Raw honey contains a wide variety of nutrients.
It has approximately 22 amino acids, 31 different minerals and a wide range of vitamins and enzymes. However, the nutrients are only present in trace amounts (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source, 7).
What’s most impressive about raw honey is that it contains nearly 30 types of bioactive plant compounds. These are called polyphenols, and they act as antioxidants (3, 8Trusted Source, 9).
Many studies have linked these antioxidants with impressive health benefits, including reduced inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers (6Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).
Conversely, commercial honeys may contain fewer antioxidants due to processing methods.Healthline
Raw unfiltered honey is definitely more expensive though. So if you prefer you can absolutely use regular honey!
Rolled oats are key for this recipe. You can use any type or folled oats or even quick oats if that’s all your have on hand. Steel cut oats don’t work in protein bite recipes though.
Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds
Chia seeds and flax seeds don’t really impact the taste of these protein balls but they add some great nutrients! If you don’t have them on hand, though, that’s okay! You can skip them.
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, fiber, can be great for your heart and are even anti-infalmatory according to sites like Healthline.com. Flax seeds are similar in that they also have antioxidants, fiber and so much more!
For these reasons, I think Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds are AMAZING to add to any protein bite including these pumpkin spiced protein balls!
I’ve included protein powder as an optional ingredient in this pumpkin spiced protein ball recipe because it’s a great addition, adds even more protein, and doesn’t impact the consistancy or taste!
That said, you can absolutely make these pumpkin protein balls without adding the protein powder if you want and they will still be jammed packed with protein thanks to all the plant-based protein in the PB Fit powder! I typically don’t add the protein powder when I’m making these for my kids.
I love the crunch that walnuts add to protein bites! I know many recipes you might find for protein bites, energy balls, and other similar snacks don’t include nuts but give this a try and you’ll be pleasently surprised!
If you don’t like walnuts you can absolutely try something else. If you’re allergic to nuts, no worries! You don’t HAVE to include nuts and can absolutely substitute something else. Something like dried cranberries or died dates would be great!
How do you make pumpkin protein energy balls?
This recipe couldn’t be easier! Simply combine all the ingredients together and mold them into balls.
I like to add the water to the PB Fit first to make it more like peanut butter and then add the rest in.
Be sure to mix and combine everything well so that the flavors are dispersed evenly. You can’t really over-mix this recipe, but you do want to make sure it’s all mixed in so that you can roll them into balls more easily.
To avoid having a sticky mess, get your hands damp before rolling the protein balls. It’ll work to keep everything from sticking! You may even need to dampen your hands a few times as you roll them.
Pumpkin Protein Bites Frequently Asked Questions
They’re a great treat to give you more protein easily without having to eat meat or sitting down for a full meal. You can literally grab and enjoy it as you’re walking out the door.
Yes, they can be! The added protein is not only great for helping to fuel your body, but it’s also great for helping you feel full throughout the day. This will lead you to not snack and to stay satisfied until your next full meal.
They’re actually a really good choice. Their calories will vary between 100-300, depending on the ingredients. But the added protein is what pulls people in and has them snacking on them throughout the day.
Since you’re adding water to the ingredients, you will want to refrigerate them if they are going to be out for too long to be on the safe side.
If the protein balls are falling apart, you don’t have enough liquid or need more of your binding agent. You can always add more as you see fit.
Technically, yes. If you want to place them in the freezer, do so! These are really versatile to make, and if you want to make some ahead of time and freeze them, you can.
One easy way to maintain a portion size when eating these is to freeze them in portions. You can buy smaller freezer bags and store 2-3 in each bag. That way, you only have to eat and unthaw a few at a time to enjoy!
How To Make Easy Pumpkin Spice Protein Bites
You're going to love these pumpkin spice protein balls!
- ⅓ Cup PBFit Pumpkin Spice
- 8 Tbsp Water
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 1 ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds (of Flax Seeds)
- ¼ Cup Walnut pieces
- Mix the PB Fit powder and water together until its fully blended.
- Add the Honey and mix and stir.
- Add in remaining ingredients until fully combined.
- Wet hands.
- Scoop into 15 equal balls and roll each int oa uniform ball.
Amount Per Serving Calories 55Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 1g
Nutritional information is an estimate only and is auto generated. Please consult the nutritional information on the ingredients you use for exact nutritional information.
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