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Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

When you’re in the mood for pie, there’s nothing but pie that can successfully satisfy that craving. Well today that changed. Kind of. Mainly because of these super cakey protein-rich pumpkin pie protein balls which are vegan, completely free of flour, grains, gluten and refined sugars and filled with nothing but yummy, nourishing goodness. And guess what…just 6 ingredients- say whaaaaaat!

orange colored pumpkin pie protein balls dusted with coconut shreds with bite eaten from top ball in pile on table with yellow background. healthy vegan recipe for fitness and health

I don’t normally put water-rich ingredients in my protein balls mainly to extend shelf-life and to store them without needing a fridge, but TBF these are meant to taste more like pie and tend to  get eaten up faster than you can say pumpkin pie protein ball (though that is a bit of a mouthful to say!).

pink tabletop with yellow background and full view of large white plate filled with big pile of pumpkin pie protein balls dusted with coconut shreds with bite taken from top ball to reveal moist chewy cake inside

These are perfect for any occasion whether it be Christmas, thanksgiving, the gym, out and about, chilling at home…the list could go on – basically you just need to make them!

Serving size:

Makes 25 balls

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 150g walnuts
  • 150g pitted dates
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 7 tbsp almond flour

Method:

  1. In a food processor, add the dates and blitz until a ball forms. Remove and set aside.
  2. Place the walnuts, cinnamon and allspice in the blender and blitz into a coarse powder.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, dates and walnut powder and work ingredients together using hands.
  4. Slowly add the almond flour, a tablespoon at a time whilst forming into a smooth dough. It should get drier with the addition of the almond flour.
  5. Shape into roughly 25 balls and refrigerate.

You can also coat in coconut shreds or an icing sugar glaze if your cake craving is hardcore!

Since you’re here, I know something else you might like. My super healthy carrot cake. Grab the recipe on this link and make away: https://foodflaneur.com/2019/07/02/carrot-cake-vegan-gluten-free-sugar-free-2/

I’d like to give a massive thanks to Minimalist Baker for her inspiration in helping me create this recipe. You can find her version made with carrots instead of pumpkin here: https://minimalistbaker.com/no-bake-carrot-cake-bites/

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