Friday, January 17, 2014

Pumpkin Protein Bites

I love snacks that are readily available for grab-n-go occasions. I typically turn to snacks like granola bars that are made with whole food ingredients and packed with nutrients. This week, I scoured Pinterest for some homemade protein bar recipes. I came across this recipe and absolutely loved it because not only did I already have the ingredients in my home but the recipe was extremely simple.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 ¾  cups rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (gluten free if needed) 
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds 
  • ¼  teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not sweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate (gluten free chocolate if needed) 
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup additional chopped chocolate for drizzle (optional) 

  • First, I mixed the dry ingredients
    I only used 2 scoops of protein powder in my batch. It seemed like a lot of powder to add for my liking.
    I also used flaxseed instead of hemp seed (just because that's what I had at home).

    Then the wet ingredients

    Then I cut up some nuts and dark chocolate
    I ran out of pecans but I had walnuts in my cupboard. Yay! So I substituted with walnuts.

    Mix Well!

     Then roll them into golf-sized balls & place on a cookie tray
    The recipe yields 16 but I ended up with 19 (perhaps I made them too small).
     Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and drizzle with melted dark chocolate, if you so please. Then, it's time to CHOW DOWN!
     I chose not to drizzle them with chocolate (because I was lazy) but I bet they would taste even better with a little more chocolate ;)

    These things tasted great! I'm excited to have them after a good workout or for a quick afternoon snack. Give them a try! I love eating food that I have prepared because I know exactly what I am putting into my body. 

    I hope you enjoy the recipe! Give it a try this weekend and let me know what you think.

    Do you have a favorite snack recipe? I'd love to hear it! Please share. 


    1. These look delicious - I've been wanting a new recipe to try! What do you do with your left over pumpkin?

    2. Kayla, I typically either use it in muffins, whole grain pancakes or freeze it for another time. I hope you enjoy the recipe--it's so easy to make!

    3. What a great recipe. I need to try it.
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      1. Thanks Kim! I'll have to look into those. :)

    4. Ashley, where do you find the chia seeds?

    5. Also, do you cook them? If so,what temp and how long? Or do you just mix and eat?

      1. I bought my Chia Seeds at Trader Joes but I'm sure they carry them other places as well. As far as cooking these, no cooking necessary--refrigerate only. Took me about 5 mins to make!