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Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

Pumpkin Appetizers & Snacks

Pumpkin cookie protein balls are made with a few simple, nourishing ingredients like oats, peanut butter and protein powder. They can be made gluten and dairy free and make for the perfect protein and fiber-filled snack!

If you’re feeling like you need to jazz up your at-home snacks these pumpkin cookie protein balls are definitely for you! Made with a few simple ingredients from your pantry and very customizable, you’ll love how they taste like a cookie but are made with healthy ingredients at the same time!

These protein balls are indulgent cookies meet nourishing snack bite. The oats give them that oatmeal cookie texture, plus filling fiber and the mini chocolate chips (or cocoa nibs!) are that hint of cookie-like sweetness.

You know that time after lunch but before dinner when you’re craving a little something sweet? Enter these protein balls! A snack you definitely don’t need to feel guilty about having when 3pm hits that will tie you over to dinner with a burst of nourishing energy!

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Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, oats and chia seeds give these balls a nice dose of fiber. Pair that with the protein from the protein powder, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and peanut butter and you have a winning snack combination that will actually keep you full.

What type of protein powder is best to use for this recipe? I used a vanilla pea protein I had on hand but you could definitely use whatever kind you have at home. A vanilla protein powder would be your best bet for getting them to taste the way I made them here.

ingredients for pumpkin cookie protein balls

This recipe requires no food processor required, is date free, and super customizable! Don’t have chia seeds? Use one of the other seeds listed. Out of peanut butter? Use almond butter instead. I recommend keeping the oats as is to get the same type of texture I did.

how to make this recipe

Making these pumpkin protein energy bites is SUPER easy. No blender or food processor is required. You simply mix all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon in a bowl until well combined before portioning them out into individual balls!

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pumpkin cookie protein balls

Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Pumpkin cookie protein balls are the perfect post workout or midday snack packed with protein and fiber. Super easy to make with simple ingredients, you’ll love having these to snack on!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup regular or gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree*
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder and or 1 serving of collagen
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp. mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  • In a medium sized bowl combine all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. The batter will be thick!
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out mixture and roll into balls using your hands.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze for longer.


Don’t have pumpkin or don’t want to add it? It won’t impact the texture or consistency of this recipe that much so you can go without it if you must!
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6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

  1. These are really good!!! I substituted almond butter for peanut butter and added coconut oil. Really good, quick snacks.

  2. Really good! I did a little less nut butter and a little more pumpkin, plus I added some chopped pecans and pumpkin seeds instead of chocolate chips. I also froze mine and I loved the texture that they had when they were frozen. Highly recommend!

  3. 5 stars
    Really love this recipe and am about to make another batch! Can you tell me the nutrition/macros (calories, protein, carbs, fat)?