I’m absolutely in love with pumpkin protein balls!! I could seriously get myself in to trouble with these things because they’re so good! And they’re good for you! (As long as you only eat one or two…not 5 or 6. I mean, I’ve never done that. Nope. I’m an angel when it comes to my food…which is why I gained 60lbs in quarantine, lol!)
Pumpkin Protein Balls: Recipe
Pumpkin Protein Ball Recipe:
- 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/4c ground flaxseed (this is flax meal, flaxseed meal)
- 1T chia seeds
- 2T vanilla protein powder (You could also use chocolate powder!)
- 1 1/2t ground cinnamon
- 1/2t ground nutmeg (I grate my own nutmeg)
- 1/8t ground cloves (I grind up whole cloves)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2c almond butter (You can substitute sunflower butter!)
- 1/4c pumpkin*
- 1/4 honey**
- 1t vanilla extract
- 1/4c mini chocolate chips (I like using dark chocolate if I can find them!***)
Put all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients together, scraping down the sides as needed. Using a small ice cream scoop, portion out small amounts of the mixture onto a cookie sheet. Roll each into a ball. Store in an air tight container, in the fridge, for up to a week…if they last that long, lol!
*Nutritionist Fact: Pumpkin is an awesome fruit! …yes, pumpkin is a fruit! Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals, is a low caloric food and is very high in beta-carotene, which the body uses to produce Vitamin A!
**Pro Tip: When measuring out honey, spray your measuring cup, or spoon, with cooking spray, ie. Pam. This will keep the honey from sticking, and not change the flavor of your recipe!
***Nutritionist Fact: Dark chocolate is healthier for you than milk chocolate. 100 grams of 70-85% cocoa has 11g of fiber, 98% DV of Manganese, 89% DV of Copper, 67% DV of Iron, and 58% DV of Magnesium. It also has zinc, potassium and, that amount, has 600 calories. Yeah, I said it was healthier. I didn’t say it was great for you and to eat 100 grams…
One of these balls is about 170 calories, and 7g of protein. They are high in fiber, so be careful eating too many! If you make these, let me know in the comments below any changes you made to them, and how you like them!