I promise these are mine and now going to be your “go-to” healthy snack all Fall long. I mean how can one go wrong with all the tastes of fall; pumpkin, pecans and maple OH MY!
Protein balls of any kind are my favourite go to snack, I always try to prepare some on Sundays to have them in the fridge all week. Once you start making these you’ll never stop because they are healthy, easy, quick to put together, and store very well.
The ingredients of this recipe is oats, pumpkin, a nut butter or protein powder, and maple syrup – everything else you can add to your liking. I love to throw in coconut flakes because it helps the protein balls stick together well and have some good fats in them.
Not only will the bright orange colour of the pumpkin brighten up any lunch box, it will also boost your immune system, helps with sleep and is a great source of fibre.
You can’t go wrong with healthy fats, whole grains, and good carbs packaged in easy-to-grab little bites of fall time heaven.
– Trainer Jenn
No Bake Pumpkin Protein Energy Balls
Ready in 5 minutes or less
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal (based on consistency)
- 1/2 cup nut butter or 2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup quality maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
- In a medium bowl, add oats, nut butter or protein, pumpkin, coconut, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon or spices. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball. It should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands.
- When the mixture is workable, add the pecans or walnuts and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.