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No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bites Spiders Recipe

by Heather

My no-bake pumpkin protein balls are the perfect blend of nutritious and yummy, a great option for pairing with your pumpkin spice latte. Say goodbye to your sweet tooth — these naturally-sweetened chocolate-dipped pumpkin spice energy balls are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and a generous dose of protein to squash your cravings. Plus, they’re a breeze to whip up using wholesome ingredients that are probably already in your pantry!

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No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bites Spiders Recipe

I keep pumpkin on hand all year long, but definetely bring out more pumpkin recipes when the cooler months hit.

Almond flour pumpkin muffins and my pumpkin protein shake are always on rotation in our household. Now, these healthy pumpkin bites are happening over and over again!

For all my magic-loving mamas out there, I’ve also added a fun twist: turning pumpkin energy balls into adorable (and slightly creepy) spiders. 🕷️

These spooky treats are bound to be the hit of any Halloween party, and they’re a great snack that you can feel genuinely good about feeding the family!

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Why you’ll love this pumpkin protein ball recipe 

Whether you’re a busy parent, a fitness fanatic, or just a lover of all things pumpkin-flavored, these pumpkin spice protein balls are sure to bring a smile to your face. Here’s why:

  • Quick, Easy, & No Bake: Say hello to snacktime convenience! You’ll be done in just a few simple steps. Just blitz, roll, and you’re good to go. These delicious pumpkin energy bites are the ideal homemade snack for busy lifestyles.
  • Perfect Snack for Pumpkin Season: These healthy pumpkin protein balls capture the spirit of the season, combining rich, cozy fall flavors with a satisfying texture. 
  • Nutritious & Delicious: Who said healthy snacks have to be boring? Packed with simple ingredients like canned beans, pumpkin purée, your favorite protein powder, and cozy pumpkin pie spices these little bites are much more than the sum of their parts. 
  • Kids Love Them! If you’re looking for a kid-tested, mom-approved healthy snack, look no further than this healthy sweet treat. These adorable spider-shaped pumpkin spice protein balls are a hit with the little ones, making snack time exciting and interactive. Better yet, you can feel great about giving them a snack that’s free from added sugars and artificial ingredients. 
What you'll need for this healthy pumpkin recipe

What you’ll need for this healthy pumpkin recipe

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

How to make pumpkin protein bites

Step 1: Into a food processor add the beans, nut butter, maple syrup, pumpkin, protein powder, oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon and sea salt. Pulse and puree until everything is combined. Scrape the sides down as needed.

Step 2: Chill the dough for at least 1 hour – this helps it to become less sticky.

How to make pumpkin protein bites

Step 3: After the chill, scoop out heaping tablespoons of the batter and roll into balls. Place on a parchment paper lined sheet.

Step 4: If you’re making spiders, break pretzel sticks in half and push 8 legs into the ball.

How to make pumpkin protein bites

Step 5: Freeze the pumpkin protein balls while you melt the chocolate.

Step 6: Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a double boiler or in the microwave.

Step 7: Once melted, drop the protein balls and spiders into the chocolate. Let the excess melted chocolate drip off, place it on parchment paper, and add the candy eyeballs.

Step 8: Chill to set the chocolate and enjoy!

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Watch me make pumpkin protein ball spiders!

The full how to video can be watched below, or on my YouTube channel!

Serving Suggestions

Whether you’re looking for a delicious treat to energize your morning, a delicious mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or a guilt-free dessert, these balls are about to become your new favorite snack. Here are just a few of the many ways you can enjoy them:

  • Festive Treats: These protein balls are a hit for Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings. Their pumpkin spice flavor fits right in with the festive theme. Serve them as is, or get creative by shaping them into fun, themed shapes to delight your guests. Need more healthy holiday inspo? Check out my fruit turkey platter & mummy brownies next! 
  • Breakfast on the Go: Start your day with a boost of energy! Pair these pumpkin oatmeal protein bites with a cup of Greek yogurt or your morning smoothie to fuel your day.
  • Mid-Morning Snack or Afternoon Energy Boost: When your energy starts to dip, these protein balls are a perfect snack to reach for. 
  • Lunchbox Addition: Packing lunch for school or work? Add a couple of pumpkin protein oat bites for a delightful surprise. They’re a great way to bring a homemade, nutritious touch to your lunch.
  • Post-Workout Snack: After a workout, your body needs protein to help repair and build muscle. These healthy pumpkin snacks are an ideal post-workout snack. They’re easy to carry and can be enjoyed right after your gym session.
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Recipe Success Tips

  • No oat flour? No problem! Make your own by blitzing quick oats or old fashioned oats in a food processor – find the full oat flour tutorial here!
  • Quality Ingredients Matter: Start with high-quality ingredients for the best flavor and nutrition. Use real pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling), fresh spices, and a good-quality vanilla protein powder that you enjoy the taste of.
  • Get the Consistency Right: The key to perfect protein balls is in the consistency of the mixture. It should be firm enough to hold its shape but moist enough to be easily rolled. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more pumpkin puree or a splash of almond milk. If it’s too wet, add a bit more oat flour or protein powder.
  • Chill Before Rolling: Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before rolling to make it easier to form the balls.
  • Even Sizes for Even Setting: Try to roll the balls into even sizes so they chill and set uniformly. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon can help you get consistent sizes.
  • Engage Kids in the Process: If you’re making these as a fun activity with kids, especially for Halloween, let them get involved in rolling and decorating. It’s a great way to spend quality time together and get them excited about healthy eating.
  • Taste as You Go: Don’t hesitate to taste the mixture before rolling them into balls. This way, you can adjust the sweetness or spices according to your preference.

How should I store my pumpkin protein balls?

Keep your pumpkin protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You can also freeze them for longer storage; just let them thaw for a few minutes at room temperature before enjoying.

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Substitutions, optional variations & dietary adjustments

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this pumpkin no bake snacks recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

  • Vegan Protein Bites – You can easily make these high-protein energy bites vegan-friendly by using the plant-based protein powder and vegan chocolate of your choice.
  • Go Bigger – Rather than making pumpkin bites, make full-sized pumpkin protein bars instead. Press the dough into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan, then slice into rectangles for a more substantial post-workout snack. 
  • Mix-Ins – Chopped nuts or chia seeds would both make a great addition to this healthy treat recipe. You can also add some white chocolate drizzles on top of the dark chocolate to make little protein truffles.
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No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bites Spiders Recipe

My no-bake pumpkin protein balls are the perfect blend of nutritious and yummy, a great option for pairing with your pumpkin spice latte. Say goodbye to your sweet tooth — these naturally-sweetened chocolate-dipped pumpkin spice energy balls are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and a generous dose of protein to squash your cravings. Plus, they’re a breeze to whip up using wholesome ingredients that are probably already in your pantry!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpea, chocolate, coconut flour, no bake, oat flour, protein powder, pumpkin
Servings: 12
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Into a food processor add the beans, nut butter, maple syrup, pumpkin, protein powder, oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse and puree until everything is combined. Scrape the sides down as needed
  • Chill the dough for at least 1 hour – this helps it to become less sticky.
  • After the chill, scoop out heaping tablespoons of the batter and roll into balls. Place on a parchment paper lined sheet.
  • If you’re making spiders, break pretzel sticks in half and push 8 legs into the ball.
  • Freeze the pumpkin protein balls while you melt the chocolate.
  • Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over a double boiler or in the microwave.
  • Once melted, drop the protein balls and spiders into the chocolate. Let the excess melted chocolate drip off, place it on parchment paper, and add the candy eyeballs.
  • Chill to set the chocolate and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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Heather

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