These Healthy Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls are packed with walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin pie spice and will have you singing the praises of fall with each and every bite. Naturally sweetened with dates (no refined sugar), this clean pumpkin snack tastes JUST like pumpkin pie–only it’s grain-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo.
Are you in “pumpkin mode” now that fall is officially here? I sure hope so because I hopped on Team Pumpkin as of 4:02 PM EST Friday (the occurrence of the 2017 autumn equinox, for those in the dark). And there’s no turning back now!
Over the weekend, I sipped on my first pumpkin spice latte of the season from Starbucks. I also enjoyed a cup of hot apple cider during a brisk barn wedding ceremony in northern Connecticut (props to the bride and groom for the best idea ever!) and unpacked a box of sweaters stored in the top corner of my closet since last year. So basically I am now a pumpkin and the pumpkin is now me. Or something like that.
I figured I shouldn’t stop my pumpkin streak (um, I have no self control), so I hopped in the kitchen to create a healthy pumpkin-based snack. I typically gravitate toward protein-packed snacks such as nuts, Larabars, and Kind Bars during the week while I’m at my desk job, so I set out with that end goal in mind. And…drumroll, please. It was a success!
These Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls combine just nuts, dates, canned pumpkin, and spices to create the perfect healthy pumpkin snack. They’re high in protein from the nuts and sweetened with dates (no refined or added sugar).
Add a touch of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and you have yourself possibly the best snack ever invented. I’m not even lying. These are literally magical…like pumpkin pie in a ball minus the sugar and flour and carbs. Let me know what you think if you give them a try!
- 1 cup Medjool dates
- ½ cup pecans
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin (I used canned)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are combined and a thick, slightly sticky dough forms.
- Divide dough into 12 portions (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) and firmly roll into balls using your palms.
- Firmly press pumpkin seeds into sides of balls, scattering them sporadically over each side.