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How to Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Protein Balls in 20 Minutes or Less

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If you’re looking for a nutritious and scrumptious snack that’s perfect for fueling your active lifestyle, you’re in for a real treat. These little power-packed balls are ready to eat in minutes, and are the ideal blend of autumn coziness and protein-packed goodness.

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About the Ingredients:


Pumpkin Puree – I made my own homemade puree.  If you choose to do so, just make sure that you drain as much liquid out of the pumpkin as possible before pureeing.  Otherwise, canned puree works great.

Crunchy Peanut Butter – I love crunchy peanut butter, but if that’s not your thing you can use any almond butter, or any other nut butter of choice.

Oat Flour – I always make my own. Just put the oats into a high speed blender.

Protein Powder – Use whichever one you prefer.  Just be mindful of the texture and consistency of the powder.  You may need to adjust the dry or wet ingredients accordingly.

Maple Syrup – You can also honey.  I use as little sweetness in a recipe as I can get away with.  If you want it sweeter feel free to add an extra ⅓ cup to your mix.

Coating – You can leave them plain or coat them in finely shredded coconut, chopped peanuts, chopped almonds, chopped pumpkin seed, or chopped almonds.  Go wild.

Prep Time


15 mins


15 mins


24 – 26 Balls



1/2 cup quick or instant oats

1 ¼  cup oat flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup protein powder

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Add all of your ingredients to a food processor and mix until a dough forms. A wooden spoon, a bowl, and some elbow grease works just as well if you don’t have a food processor.  The dough should not stick to your fingers or hands when you roll it.  If it does, just add a little more oat flour.
  2. Taste and adjust salt, spices or sweetness to desired taste.
  3. Roll into balls and eat immediately or store in your fridge for up to 5 days

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