Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls | Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan

Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying the first week of Fall. It’s slightly cooler here (like four degrees cooler), and I’m trying to keep my Fall spirits up by decorating the house, baking all kinds of fall goodies, and planning some trips to visit my favorite fall foliage spots. I know some of you are already having sweater weather and I’m so jealous! I’m heading to the midwest next week, and I’m excited because the leaves will have already started to change, and I’ll be able to break in the new boots and wear a cozy sweater.

Keeping protein balls in the house has been a must for us. I love grabbing one before I head out on the dog walk in the morning, or sneaking one before bed. It’s definitely a must for our trips! We love keeping these in the hotel for when we are hungry and need a quick snack. I thought it would be fun to make a fall-flavored protein ball for our trip next week!

If you love pumpkin pie, you’ll want to print this recipe out! 
All you need is oats, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, sea salt, chopped pecans, plant-based vanilla protein powder (Orgain), and vanilla. These are much lighter than my normal protein balls because they are made without any nut butter. 
If you want these to be lighter, just leave out the pecans. They are optional 😊 Preferably, I love the extra crunch! If you like them to be a little sweeter, try adding a couple tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. 
You can make these in ten minutes! After the consistency is perfect, just roll them into tablespoon-sized balls. 
This recipe makes 24 tablespoon-sized balls.

Per Ball: 75 Calories, 10g Carbs, 2g Fat, 6g Protein, 0g Sugar

If you want to get real fancy, try drizzling white chocolate on top! I thought about doing that with dark chocolate, but that idea went out the window when I realized there were no more chocolate chips in the pantry. 

4.56 from 9 votes

Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24
Author Taralynn McNitt


  • 2 Cups Oats (I used quick oats)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Tsps Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Scoops Vanilla Plant-Based Protein Powder (I used orgain)
  • 1/3 Cup Pecans
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsps Cloves
  • 2 Tsps Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and combine. 

    *If it's too dry, add more pumpkin puree, and if it's too soft, add more oats. 

  2. Roll the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. 

Questions for you!

  1. Which flavor should I make next?
  2. Is it sweater weather where you live?
  3. Fun fact about me! I hated anything “pumpkin” flavored until I was in college! Have you always liked the taste of pumpkin?

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  • Sharon

    If I’m measuring protein powder, hour much should I use?

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  • Amelia

    I just found this recipe online. I have a different protein powder I would like to use. What size is the scoop in your protein?

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  • Faith

    Is one ball one serving?

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  • Eme

    5 stars
    These look delicious, healthy and so easy to make, I’ll definitely give these a try!

    Eme x


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  • Sarah

    5 stars
    I just started dabbling with using protein powder and got the Orgain one you tagged here. Are there any others you like to use too?

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  • Debra

    5 stars
    Yum! We loved them!

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  • Anonymous

    Can I use dairy protein

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  • Rileigh

    5 stars
    We made these last night and the kids love them! We took your suggestion and drizzled white chocolate on top. I am going to make these for Thanksgiving instead of pie!

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  • Ashley

    5 stars
    Hey taralynn,
    How do u store these protein balls and for how long?

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  • Heather

    It’s not quite sweater watcher here yet but we’re quite ready!! Buying these ingredients tonight along with vegan pumpkin spice stuff. What about like Apple cider or cider spiced balls??

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  • Courtney

    Off topic, but when are you going to post the cvs giveaway winner? Thanks!

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  • Jen

    Okay definitely making these this weekend…..

    1. Which flavor should I make next?
    I would love it if you made a salted caramel (or salted caramel mocha) protein ball recipe!

    2. Is it sweater weather where you live?
    Off and on. PA can’t decide, but that’s normal for this time of year. I like having fall one day and summer the next- that actually sounds like perfect year-round weather to me.

    3. Fun fact about me! I hated anything “pumpkin” flavored until I was in college! Have you always liked the taste of pumpkin?
    I always have 🙂

    Reply to Jen
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hope you enjoy them! 😃

      ohhhhhhh yum!! I saw a caramel protein powder that may work for that!

      Lol that would be the perfect year-round weather! I wish there was a button we could press to choose the weather for the day 😀

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  • Jen

    5 stars
    1. I love anything chocolate – so I’d love to see a chocolate recipe (maybe pumpkin and chocolate)?
    2. I currently live in Florida so it’s no-where near “Sweater Weather”. My Husband and I are moving soon though. (Thankfully) I miss having the 4 Seasons! (I emailed you earlier this week. Not sure if you got it?)
    3. Yes, I’ve always loved Pumpkin. My Grandma always made the BEST pumpkin pies. My Husband and I made this Penzey’s version that includes pecan (hybrid Pecan-Pumpkin Pie) it was soooo Good!!
    Here’s the Recipe: http://www.jenmijenmi.com/penzeys-pumpkin-pecan-pie/

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I was thinking a hot chocolate one!

      I’ll have to check into those emails! I haven’t been too on top of them this week!

      Dang…that recipe looks amazing!!!!

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  • Jenn Connors

    5 stars
    Can I just say “amaz-balls”. These looks so good. Making them this weekend! Your recipes never cease to amaze me.
    Thank you!

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  • Caroline

    It might be counterproductive but I so want to dip these in while chocolate when I make them so they’re a slightly more healthy truffle lol #balance

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  • Candice

    5 stars
    These were so easy and tasted just like pumpkin pie!

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  • Nattie

    Your flowers look beautiful and inspired me to go get my own! Do you get them at Home Depot?

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  • Liz

    These look great! I love the idea of keeping something in the house you can grab easily. I’ve seen your other protein ball recipes and have been wanting to make them. Is there something I can substitute for protein powder? Maybe almond flour?

    Also, loving the videos!

    Reply to Liz
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Sounds like such a healthy fall treat! It’s not yet sweater weather in Hong Kong, we’re pretty hot all year round haha, but it’ll get cold soon. For the meantime, I’m making the most out of my last days of summer! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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