Even though we follow a whole foods style of eating, we're human and still crave sweet treats from time to time. Since it's fall and pumpkin pie season I thought it would be fun to create a treat that would satisfy our sweet craving and also pack a protein punch.
What you'll need to make a batch of Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls (makes 12)
- 2 heaping tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 cup of finely shredded carrots
- 1 cup of almonds
- 3/4 cup of pitted dates
- 1/4 of flax seeds
- 1 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 - 4 scoops of vanilla protein powder
Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and then form into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. If the mixture is too running add rolled oats or more protein powder to soak up the liquid/moisture from the carrots and honey.
Options: Freeze the protein balls and dip each ball into melted chocolate and re-freeze or drizzle melted chocolate over protein balls. Additional add-in's chopped walnuts, pecans, and raisins.