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Pumpkin Protein Balls

These no bake pumpkin protein balls are a family favorite! A delicious fall inspired energy ball that everyone will love.

pumpkin energy balls stacked in a bowl

These pumpkin protein balls are the best healthy snack!

These pumpkin energy balls taste like pumpkin spiced cookie dough bites. Full of protein and healthy fats, this easy little snack is perfect for fall!

They are the perfect little healthy snack and taste so yummy. Not only are they simple to make, but these energy bites are no bake, gluten free, and naturally sweetened with honey.

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Ingredients to make protein balls

  • almond butter: we used a creamy no salt added almond butter
  • canned pumpkin: not pumpkin pie filling
  • vanilla protein powder: or substitute chocolate protein powder
  • honey: this natural sweetener helps the protein bites stick together
  • rolled oats: also known as old fashioned oats
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Spices: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt
ingredients to make pumpkin energy balls

How to make pumpkin protein balls

Step 1: Add the creamy almond butter, canned pumpkin, protein powder, honey, rolled oats, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt to a bowl. Stir well to combine. Fold in the mini chocolate chips into the energy ball batter.

ingredients to make pumpkin protein balls in a mixing bowl

Step 2: Form the pumpkin batter into protein balls and place on a baking sheet. Tip: I like using a mini cookie scoop for this step to help make evenly sized balls.

I drop batter onto the baking sheet using the cookie scoop, then roll each one with my hands to even out the edges and make it round.

Step 3: Place the pumpkin energy balls in the fridge until chilled and firm to the touch. Usually 1-2 hours is plenty of time. Once the protein balls are hardened, it’s easier to store them without sticking together.

pumpkin protein balls lined up on a baking sheet

How to store pumpkin protein balls

  • in the refrigerator: store leftover pumpkin protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
  • in the freezer: our favorite method for a grab and go snack anytime! Freeze pumpkin protein bites in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw for several minutes at room temperature before eating.
pumpkin protein balls lined up on a baking sheet

What kind of almond butter do I use?

For this recipe, I used a creamy drippy almond butter with no added salt. It did not have any added sugar.

If you use an almond butter with salt in it, you should leave the salt out of this recipe, then salt to taste if needed after you taste the dough.

pumpkin energy balls stacked in a bowl

I am just obsessed with these yummy little pumpkin spice protein balls! My kids love them too and ask for them at snack time. Try a batch of these for fall snacking and let me know how you like them!

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pumpkin protein balls lined up on a baking sheet

Pumpkin Protein Balls FAQs

What is healthy about protein balls?

Protein balls are full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. They make a great well rounded snack or dessert that will keep you fuller longer!

When should I eat protein balls?

You can eat protein balls anytime of day. These would make a great breakfast on the go, post workout snack, or dessert when you are craving something sweet.

How many calories in a pumpkin protein ball?

There are 157 calories in one of these pumpkin protein balls. Calorie content will vary based on the exact almond butter and protein powder that you use to make the recipe.

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Every time I make a batch of these I can’t stop at just one. Try these delicious pumpkin bites for a yummy snack!

pumpkin protein balls in a bowl

Pumpkin Protein Balls

Yield: 20 protein balls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These pumpkin protein balls taste like bites of pumpkin spiced cookie dough. An easy wholesome fall snack!


  • 1 cup no salt added creamy drippy almond butter
  • ⅓ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Add the almond butter, pumpkin, cinnamon, honey, vanilla protein powder, rolled oats, salt, and pumpkin pie spice to a bowl and stir well to combine. 
  2. Stir in the mini chocolate chips
  3. Form the pumpkin batter into balls and place on a baking sheet
  4. Chill the pumpkin protein balls in the fridge until firm to the touch, then store in a ziploc bag in the fridge or freezer


If you are using almond butter with salt, you can omit the salt from the dough. Once it is stirred together you can taste it and add any salt if necessary

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

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Monday 30th of October 2023

Can I sub drippy peanut butter for this because I am allergic to almonds?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 1st of November 2023

Yes, or sunflower seed butter!


Monday 4th of October 2021

Want to hear something crazy? My dad always grows these enormous carrots, and my step mom didn't know what to do with them. For years now, she has cooked them, froze the pulp, and used it for pumpkin pies. I now use carrot puree for all things pumpkin. It's free, equally nutritious, and indistinguishable. Can't wait to try this!

Joy Shull

Thursday 7th of October 2021

That's fun! Hope you enjoy the recipe :)

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