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Pumpkin Brownie Cookie Balls

Pumpkin brownie cookie balls are a no bake energy bite that taste like a combination of a pumpkin brownie and a cookie. Made gluten-free with simple ingredients, they’re a great blood-sugar friendly and pumpkin-packed snack for October!

Looking for a fun October snack that’s packed with pumpkin and chocolate?! You’ve come to the right place! These cute little pumpkin brownie cookie balls are just that and super nutritious too. Made gluten and dairy free with almond and oat flour, this recipe requires only a few simple ingredients. They’re great to make ahead and enjoy all week in the fall!

I love having a snack like these pumpkin protein balls on hand to enjoy as part of my breakfast with coffee, after lunch, or anytime I need a little something during the day. They are not overly sweet (sweetened naturally with honey), and you can feel good knowing you’re getting extra nutrition by way of pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A, C, E, and minerals like potassium and iron. It’s also a good source of fiber and works in a variety of sweet and savory recipes — not many other vegetables can go from muffins to pastas and even dog treats!

These bites have a luxe texture that’s everything you want in a pumpkin ball. Filled with fall spices, that nice bit of chocolate that goes so well with the pumpkin, and a silky smooth texture!

Perfect for October, I know you’ll love snacking on these pumpkin brownie cookie bites all spooky season long! The only thing scary about them is how good they are….eek!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Brownie Cookie Balls

  • Pumpkin Pureejust like in pretty much all of my pumpkin recipes, this recipe calls for pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling!
  • Blanched Almond Flouralmond flour it what gives these balls their incredible texture. I haven’t tested this recipe with any other flours.
  • Oat Flourcoconut flour would also work in place of oat flour.
  • Creamy Unsweetened Almond Butter or Creamy Unsweetened Cashew Butterboth work really well to give these bites a nice flavor the doesn’t overpower the pumpkin flavor!
  • HoneyI have’t tried it but you could substitute honey for maple syrup.
  • Cinnamon
  • Raw Cacao Powder or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder see below for the difference.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Cloves (optional) — in my opinion cloves really amplify the flavors of pumpkin spice and cinnamon to give these balls that quintessential fall taste and smell!
  • Salt

Equipment / utensils

  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • spoon
  • whisk
  • cookie scoop

Difference Between Cacao Powder and Cocoa Powder

Cacao powder is basically the less processed version of cocoa powder. Often times cocoa powder also contains sugar and dairy as it’s what is marketed for hot chocolate. If you do find cocoa powder is easier for you to find for this recipe, look for unsweetened versions.

Both cacao powder and unsweetened cocoa powder taste similar — like unsweetened chocolate which is why they’re great to use to give these balls that chocolatey taste!

Because it’s processed less, cacao powder has higher amounts of beneficial nutrients like antioxidants and minerals like magnesium and potassium.

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How to Make Pumpkin Brownie Cookie Balls

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Pumpkin Brownie Cookie Balls

Pumpkin brownie cookie balls are the perfect snack for October! A delicious bite that tastes like a mix between a pumpkin cookie and a pumpkin brownie with that cozy fall flavor we love!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 10 balls

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Whisk
  • 1 cookie scoop

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup creamy unsweetened almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. oat flour
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. clove
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the almond butter, honey and pumpkin puree.
  • Add the flours, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Mix until you have a pumpkin batter.
  • Divide the batter in half, adding the cacao powder or cocoa powder to half of the dough. Mix until you have your brownie dough!
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop half of the cookie dough and half of the brownie dough. Use your hands to roll into a ball and refrigerate the bites for 10-15 minutes before enjoying!
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to a week.

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Pumpkin Cookie Protein Balls

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

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!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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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