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Pumpkin Spice Recipe: Protein-Packed Power Balls

Pumpkin Spice Recipe: Protein-Packed Power Balls

Written by: Drew Canole

Do I have the pumpkin spice recipe for summer -and the rest of the year- for you! Are you excited? I am!

Do you love pumpkin spice? There’s nothing basic about it.

When I developed this recipe I really wanted to bring the health benefits of pumpkin seeds into a pumpkin spice recipe that was nutritious,powerful, and full of flavor. But also, free from all the sugary junk most pumpkin spice snacks have.

Pumpkin may seem like a fall flavor, but its health benefits are available year-round. 

Since summer is the perfect time to be active in nature I came up with a pumpkin spice recipe to power your days, that still feels like a treat. Whether you love going for long runs, enjoying some beautiful hikes, swimming in open water, playing beach volleyball with your friends, running around with your kids, playing fetch with your puppies, doing yoga in the grass or whatever else, you will need something to refuel your body with.

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, my new favorite protein-packed pumpkin spice recipe. I hope you’ll love as much as I 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 Ingredients:

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. 

To make sure you meet all your protein requirements, I have added two scoops of Organifi Protein Powder to the recipe. You can use either the chocolate or vanilla flavor, it’s up to you and your preference, but I like it a lot with the vanilla one. 

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 I 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

Feel free to add this protein powder to your smoothies, mix it with water or sneak it into a pumpkin spice recipe like this one, but instead of making protein balls you could make a pumpkin spice smoothie.

Last, but definitely not least, pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is a medicinal fruit that has antioxidant, antidiabetic, and anti-inflammatory 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, strengthen vision, and even prevent chronic illnesses 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. I 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.

How to Prepare Your Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls

Makes approx: 12-15 balls

You’ll need:

  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the dates into small pieces and form a sticky ball.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the oats and nuts next and pulse to combine, leaving the oats and nuts in small pieces.   
  4. 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, that brings all the flavors of fall with an even healthier, satisfying and nourishing twist for the body.

Our pumpkin spice recipe is different from everything else you’ll find out there. Featuring the signature ingredients of our popular Gold tea, it has adaptogen mushrooms like Reishi to help you manage stress, the incredible anti-inflammatory power of maximum strength turmeric, and all the health benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. 

Remarkably low in sugar, it’s a nutrient-rich powerhouse designed to help you relax and unwind with the warm flavors of fall, which is why we recommend it as a post-workout drink along with the protein balls. 

This combo will help your body transition smoothly from high-energy and muscle-making mode to recovering and repairing (which is when muscles are actually made!)

Not enough? We have other pumpkin spice recipe alternatives for you, so you can switch it up and keep the craving fully satisfied.

Other Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes:

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.

If you don’t have Organifi Complete Protein at home, make sure to pick a bottle up. While you are at it, pick up a bottle of Organifi Green Juice as well, our thyroid-friendly green juice mix is an excellent way to sneak in a serving of detoxifying vegetables into your diet - without the grass flavor. Note: you can add one scoop of it to this recipe, to add some green superfood powers to your kid’s diets!

Do you have other protein-filled snack recipes for this summer and early fall season? Share them in the comments below. We would love to try them out.

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