Treat yourself without spiking your blood sugar.
This recipe blends the health benefits of pumpkin seeds into a pumpkin spice recipe that is nutritious, powerful, and full of flavor. While also, free from all the sugary junk most pumpkin spice snacks have. This recipe allows you to treat yourself without spiking your blood sugar.
These Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls are the ultimate energy-filled snacks for your body.
They are high in protein, free from processed sugar, gluten-free, vegan, and absolutely delicious. Super are easy to make and ready within a few minutes. It’s also the perfect back to school snack if that’s your thing.
So without further ado, our new favorite protein-packed pumpkin spice recipe. I hope you’ll love as much as we do; it features the fantastic health benefits of pumpkin seeds.
The Ultimate Protein-Packed Pumpkin Spice Recipe (that you didn’t know you wanted)
This twist on the traditional pumpkin spice recipe is just as sweet in flavor, but not as sugary. Why? The sweetness of these balls comes from dates, and there’s a massive difference between processed-sugar or added-sugar sweetness, and fruit-based sugar.
Dates are not only nature’s candy, but they are also excellent for your digestion, bones, blood, heart and immune system. They are high in iron and fill your body with energy. The fiber in dates -like most fruits- helps your body process the glucose slowly, which keeps blood sugar levels under control.
So if you were a little worried this protein balls would be bitter, don’t sweat it. They’re healthy, but still very yummy.
The benefits of pumpkin spice are the real star of this recipe, but they’re not the only ones.
This Pumpkin Spice Recipe also features:
- Chia Seeds
- Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Walnuts and Hazelnuts
- Gluten-Free oats
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Organifi Complete Protein (enriched with the health benefits of pumpkin seeds!)
- Maple Syrup (but only a little!)
The chia seeds will fuel your body with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and extra protein.
The walnuts and hazelnuts are also there for you as healthy fat and protein sources.
Gluten-free oats and unsweetened coconut flakes add texture, flavor, and fiber for better digestion.
Organifi Complete Protein is made with organic ingredients, plant-based protein, and digestive enzymes. It combines the health benefits of pumpkin seeds, pea protein, and organic quinoa protein, to provide all the essential amino-acids we need to thrive and build muscle.
Why do we add it? This protein powder, unlike others out there, is easy to digest (no dairy byproducts to upset your stomach) and it’s a complete vegan source of protein. If you’re interested, you can learn more about plant protein vs. animal protein.
Last, but definitely not least, pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is a medicinal fruit that has amazing antioxidant properties. Despite its naturally sweet flavor, it's unusually low in calories and sugar content. Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like iron and folate. It could boost immunity and strengthen vision due to its high antioxidant content.
Pumpkin is one of my favorite fruits (it’s got seeds, hence not a vegetable!) because in addition to the pulp’s nutritional value, the health benefits of pumpkin seeds include potent protein, alkalizing properties, and healthy fats, so it’s not just a source of protein but a good way to help balance your body’s PH. We like to mix some into my pumpkin puree with a food processor, but that’s optional. If you use the protein powder, you won’t have to.
Raw Protein-Packed Pumpkin Spice Power Balls
Makes approx: 12-15 balls
- 1 cup of dried organic dates
- 2 scoops of Organifi Complete Protein
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (plus more to taste)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup hazelnuts
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (to coat outside of balls)
- In a food processor, pulse the dates into small pieces and form a sticky ball.
- Add protein powder, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract to the food processor. Then pulse to combine into a smooth mixture. Taste and add any additional maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter taste, but you shouldn’t need to.
- Add the oats and nuts next and pulse to combine, leaving the oats and nuts in small pieces.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least a half-hour. Scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Then roll the balls in the coconut flakes. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. They should last for a couple of weeks, so you can batch-cook them if you like.
That’s it, very simple.
Why You’ll Love This New Pumpkin Spice Recipe:
These protein balls are perfect for kids and adults alike. They keep you away from processed snacks and sugar-filled energy bars while keeping your body satisfied and nourished for an extended period of time. Plus it’s fun to make and a great way to introduce a healthy version of a pumpkin spice recipe to children and teens (who may be getting a little too addicted to Starbucks!)
They’re also fantastic post-workout snacks and a healthy way to meet your protein goals for the day without abusing other sources.
Once you try these balls, you will realize that you can’t get enough of them and may want to have them every day. Don’t worry; it’s all healthy and good, your body will thank you for having these regularly.
Pair Them With Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice
Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice is one of our favorite drinks-- the adaptogenic blend combines 4,000 years of Ayurvedic wisdom with the autumn taste you know and love. Medicinal mushrooms, restorative herbs, and nostalgic spices work in synergy to promote deeper rest, enhance your immune response, and calm your nervous system.
Other Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes:
- Pumpkin spice latte (a healthy PSL!)
- Dark chocolate Golden pumpkin bites that challenge the “sweet tooth” in the house; they’re a satisfyingly sweet -yet low sugar- snack.
- Pumpkin banana bread that the kids will love to take with them.
- Healthy Pumpkin Pie Pudding a super fun version of the traditional pie.
- Golden protein waffles my favorite weekend breakfast when I’m in the fall mood.
Alright, that should more than cover your PSL needs, but if you’re still looking into a pumpkin spice recipe that was not made in your kitchen, make sure you read the labels! The health benefits of pumpkin seeds and fruit are not going to be available in an artificially flavored and chemically-laden meal.