Pumpkin Protein Balls (No Bake and Gluten Free)

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Are you in search of a nutritious and delicious snack that perfectly captures the essence of autumn? Look no further than our Pumpkin Protein Balls! Packed with the wholesome goodness of quick oats, protein powder, pumpkin puree, and a medley of enticing flavors, these bite-sized treats are the ultimate combination of taste and nutrition.

Whether you need a pre-workout boost, a post-meal sweet treat, or a satisfying on-the-go snack, these vegan Protein Balls have got you covered. Simple to make and endlessly customizable, they’re a seasonal delight you’ll want to enjoy year-round. Let’s dive into the recipe and discover how to whip up these delectable and energizing bites. If you are looking for other delicious No Bake Vegan Desserts you can view the full collection here.

Ingredients & Substitutions

When it comes to the ingredients for Pumpkin Protein Balls, here’s a quick rundown. Start with quick oats to provide a hearty base. Opt for vanilla protein powder to give a sweet and protein-packed kick. You can also read our article here on How To Make Your Own Vegan Protein Powder at home.

For that signature pumpkin flavor, include pumpkin puree in your mix. You can choose between all-natural peanut butter or almond butter to add creamy richness. Sweeten things up with a drizzle of maple syrup, and don’t forget to sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice blend to infuse those autumn vibes.

Now, if you need some substitutions, here’s what you can do. If you’re out of quick oats, rolled oats can do the trick, but you might need to adjust the quantities slightly. If vanilla protein powder isn’t your thing, try a different flavor, but keep in mind it will alter the taste. For those with allergies or preferences, you can easily swap peanut butter for almond butter or any other nut or seed butter. And if maple syrup isn’t on hand, honey or agave nectar can step in as sweeteners. Just remember, these swaps can bring different flavors and textures, so choose according to your taste.

Helpful Tools

  • Mixing Bowl: A medium-sized mixing bowl is essential for combining all your ingredients effectively.
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon: Use a spatula or wooden spoon to thoroughly mix the ingredients together without damaging the texture.
  • Baking Sheet or Tray: A baking sheet or tray is useful for placing the rolled balls on before they go into the fridge to set.
  • Parchment Paper or Wax Paper: Lining your baking sheet or tray with parchment paper or wax paper prevents the balls from sticking and makes for easy cleanup.
  • Airtight Container: Store your Pumpkin Protein Balls in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them fresh and maintain their shape.

How to Make Pumpkin Protein Balls

To make these delicious Pumpkin Protein Balls, first gather your ingredients: quick oats, vanilla protein powder, pumpkin puree, all-natural peanut butter (or almond butter), maple syrup, and a dash of pumpkin pie spice blend.

pumpkin spice protein balls batter in bowl

In a medium bowl, combine these ingredients thoroughly – oats, protein powder, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until everything melds into a cohesive mixture.

Pumpkin Protein Balls batter with wooden spoon

Next, shape this mixture into 18 small, bite-sized balls.

Pumpkin Protein Balls recipe in hand

Once done, store them in your fridge for a cool and tasty high-protein snack!

Pumpkin Protein Balls Recipe

Tips & Tricks

Follow these tips and tricks for creating the best Pumpkin Protein Balls

  • Consistency is Key: Ensure your mixture is well-mixed and has a consistent texture. This will help your balls hold together better.
  • Chill Before Rolling: Pop the mixture in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before rolling the balls. This will make it less sticky and easier to shape.
  • Non-Stick Hands: Coat your hands lightly with a bit of oil or water to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands as you roll the balls.
  • Uniform Size: Aim for uniform-sized balls to ensure even cooking and serving.
  • Storage Savvy: Store the Pumpkin Protein Balls in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay fresher and hold their shape better.
  • Freeze for Later: These balls freeze well. Make a big batch and freeze them individually for a quick and healthy snack option on busy days.

FAQ: Pumpkin Protein Balls

What can I use instead of pumpkin pie spice blend?

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice blend, you can make your own by combining cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Alternatively, you can use just cinnamon for a simpler flavor.

Can I make these without a protein powder?

Yes, you can omit the protein powder if you prefer. However, keep in mind that this will affect the protein content of the balls, and they may be less filling.

How long can I store these Pumpkin Protein Balls?

You can store these balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them for several months.

Can I add mix-ins like chocolate chips or nuts to the recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to customize your Pumpkin Protein Balls with mix-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit, or shredded coconut for added texture and flavor.

Can I enjoy these as a pre-workout snack?

Absolutely! These Pumpkin Protein Balls are a great pre-workout snack because they provide a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your workout.

pumpkin energy balls in hand

Pumpkin Protein Balls (No Bake and Gluten Free)

Delicious Pumpkin Protein Balls: No-bake, gluten-free, and bursting with protein. Quick and easy, ready in just 10 minutes!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 balls


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (¼ cup)
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ all natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend


  • In a medium bowl, add oats, protein powder, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well to combine.
  • Roll into 18 small bite-sized balls. Store in the fridge, and enjoy!


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Conclusion: Pumpkin Protein Balls

These Pumpkin Protein Balls are a delightful embodiment of autumn’s flavors, offering a healthy dose of protein and a burst of pumpkin goodness in every bite. Whether you’re seeking a delightful treat or a convenient snack to fuel your day, these easy-to-make balls tick all the boxes. With a simple preparation process and room for personalization, they’re not only delicious but also versatile. Whip up a batch to satisfy your cravings and share the goodness with family and friends!

16 thoughts on “Pumpkin Protein Balls (No Bake and Gluten Free)

  1. Janis says:

    5 stars
    Loved these! So simple and easy to make thank you. I already have to make a second batch lol

  2. Kaitlin says:

    5 stars
    So tasty and delicious 🤤 I had to make a double batch.

  3. Debbie T says:

    5 stars
    This was such a nice recipe my family and kids absolutely loved these. I will definitely have to make these again I have printed off this recipe and added to my cool book!

  4. Ashlee says:

    5 stars
    These pumpkin protein balls were SO GOOD!!

  5. Ashanti says:

    5 stars
    10/10 so simple and easy to follow loved the flavour and nice and filling 😊

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback! I’m thrilled to hear that you found the recipe simple to follow!

  6. Annalise says:

    5 stars
    Loved these no bake balls and huge fan of the pumpkin so delicious. Great for my post workout I also use the vegan protein powdered to increase the protein content.

    • spicyveganfood says:

      I’m thrilled you loved the no-bake pumpkin balls! Using vegan protein powder for post-workout is a fantastic idea.

  7. Ayana says:

    5 stars
    Very nice recipe so quick and easy. Great plant based snack to have in the house for in between meals.

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