October 8, 2016 by Virginia James
This is the perfect addition to your post workout meal! These protein bites are inspired by another previously posted recipe – Vegan Cookie Dough– which I LOVE to roll into tiny balls and freeze into cookie dough pops! They’re super convenient -just pop one into your mouth and taste that protein goodness.
To make these babies into cake pops, melt some dark chocolate with a bit of coconut oil and dip your bites into the chocolate. Freeze overnight and enjoy a yummy frozen treat post-workout or add it onto your breakfast for a bite full of energy to help kick off your day!
The best part of this recipe? No baking required! All you need is a food processor!
Pumpkin Protein Bites
- 9 Dates, pitted (place in bowl of warm water if hard and dry)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 tbsp pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
- ¼ cup almond milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut flour, Oat flour (all purpose will work here too)
- 1 scoop or serving of your favorite PlantBased Protein Powder (Vanilla Flavor is best)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- (optional) 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips
- Place dates, applesauce, pumpkin, almond milk, and vanilla in a large food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add your choice of flour, protein, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon and blend until a ball of “dough” forms. *
- Stir in cacao nibs. Roll into 12-15 bites.
- Place these rolls on a sheet of parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator or freezer for at least a half hour. If you like to get messy, eat them right after making them!
*If mixture in the food processor seems too dry, add a splash of milk. If the opposite occurs and it comes out too sticky or wet, toss in some flour one teaspoon at a time until you get a “cookie dough” consistency.
*It’s important to make sure to pit your dates prior to tossing them into your food processor. Sometimes, their pits can be small and easy for you to miss. If you feel more comfortable, dicing dates prior to processing can ease your doubt. (Biting into a yummy treat only to hurt your tooth is no fun!)
Pumpkin Protein Pops: Stab these bites with a pop stick and dip into chocolate. Freeze them overnight.
Sweet Tooth: Craving something sweeter? in a bowl mix equal amounts of sugar and cinnamon, and roll each of your bites into this mixture prior to refrigerating.
Sweet and Salty: Chop up some pretzels into small chunks and roll it into your bites for a sweet AND salty taste! (definitely my favorite option!)