Pumpkin Amazeballs

These pumpkin protein balls are the perfect seasonal healthy snack! They pack a punch of protein and healthy fat in delicious dessert-like bites.

It was a low-key, laid back day- everything a holiday should be.

Got the Bob tire fixed (!)

family walk with the Bob

took it for a spin at the dog park

Bell and me

lunch at Chippodle (my fave fast place, and Liv loves it too)

and a grocery haul.

Someone restrain me from the pumpkins.

mini white pumpkins

It’s funny because I don’t even use them too often during the season (“too often” is subjective, baha), but I just love having access to them. Like candy corn, they seem like such a lovely seasonal treat.

assorted mini pumpkins in a basket

I especially love these little pumpkin trees:

Pumpkin tree

so cute!!

I remember buying them last year and eventually cutting into one to figure out what the heck they were. I can’t remember or find the post for the life of me- guess I’ll have to experiment again.

As pumpkin seems to creep it’s way into every nook and cranny of my life, it only makes sense for one of my favorite snacks to be pumpkin-ified…

pumpkin spice protein balls

Pumpkin Protein Balls

aka amazeballs!

These are less dense than the original version, and can easily be customized to suit your personal tastes. 

pumpkin energy balls


Pumpkin Spice Amazeballs

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  • 4 T of dry ingredients (protein powder, oats, coconut, almond meal or any combo of those. I used oats and coconut)
  • 2 T nut butter
  • 2 T pumpkin puree (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/8 t cloves
  • pinch of dried ginger
  • pinch of sea salt
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • Sweetener of choice (I rolled with Stevia, but if you like to use liquid sweetener, you may have to add to the dry ingredients).


  1. Pulse the dry ingredients in the food processor until you have a powder.
  2. Add in the reminding ingredients and pulse to combine.
  3. Taste a little bit for spice and sweetness- adjust as needed. (If you use maple syrup or honey as your sweetener, you may have to add more dry ingredients)
  4. The mixture will be very wet. Do not be afraid- just roll into balls using your hands or melon scooper and store in the fridge to harden slightly. In the fridge overnight allows the flavors to mingle and they taste even better.


ingredients in the food processor


pumpkin spice energy balls

Enjoy! <3

These pumpkin protein balls are the perfect seasonal healthy snack! They pack a punch of protein and healthy fat in delicious dessert-like bites. fitnessista.com

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  1. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy on October 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I love those pumpkin trees too! I already had to throw mine away though, because it started to get moldy. Do you put water in your vase? I’m thinking that I put too much in mine?

  2. Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset on October 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    YUM!! I love all your pumpkins πŸ™‚

  3. Laura S on October 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    OHMYGOSH. This recipe has made my day!!! As a dry ingredient, can we use 4 tbsp of cocoa powder instead? Oh, and can we use fresh & minced ginger instead of dried? (Or ground?)
    Thanks! πŸ™‚
    – Laura

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I love all the pumpkins!! I can’t wait to have a home to be able to decorate for the holidays!

  5. Blog is the New Black on October 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Love all your pumpkin decor!

  6. Tess @ Cross Country Cajun on October 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    These look amazing – I cannot wait to make them! I love all the pumpkin decorations – super cute!

  7. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on October 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve been waiting for you to post this recipe since your meal plans! I love pumpkin and your amazeballs recipe so these babies look amazing! Thanks for experimenting for our benefit πŸ˜‰ Also, I love the Chevron shirt!

  8. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    These sound delicious, and I bet they would taste especially good with some dark chocolate chips thrown in πŸ˜€ Loving all the pumpkin decor! I haven’t been using much pumpkin in cooking/baking this year either, but they’re definitely making my house look festive.

  9. Beth on October 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I must try the pumpkin amazeballz!! What’s your fave at Chipotle? And what’s Liv’s? LOL!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      i get the chicken burrito bowl with lettuce on the bottom, brown rice, black beans, chicken, hot, pico, guac and lettuce on top
      liv gets rice, black beans and guacamole πŸ™‚

  10. Sarabell on October 9, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I love your Chevron shirt!
    I remember your little pumpkin tree, but I don’t remember you cutting into it either so I’m excited to see it!

  11. Katy @ Naner-A-Day on October 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    For some reason I thought all your ballz had dates in them! So excited to try this recipe! Raunchiest comment ever lol!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

      my balls are date-free πŸ˜‰

  12. Julie on October 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I cannot wait to make these. I’ve been waiting since… yesterday πŸ™‚

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 9, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I love your love of pumpkin! Saw you on the DailyBuzz today with them linking up your roasting/using an entire pumpkin post. Which I am highly impressed with!

  14. Cathy Ly on October 9, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Ohhh those amaze balls sound….amazing! I can’t wait to try them πŸ™‚

    Cathy Trails

  15. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced on October 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I love all of your decorations! So pretty!! and I definitely need to try those pumpkin balls!! They look amazing! πŸ™‚

  16. Emily on October 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    These look sooo so amazing, I need to make these!

  17. Bonnie on October 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Love your black and white shirt– where’s it from?

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

      francesca’s collection

  18. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on October 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Fall decorations definitely make me happy. I love little gords, they are so cute. Glad you enjoyed your holiday, wish I had the day off!

  19. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on October 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Love this recipe! and love all the fall decorations! As sad as I am that it is starting to get colder out I do love everything fall! Pumpkin and squash is pretty irresistible right about now!

  20. Gennie on October 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

    A request for you! (your blog is fab is always btw!) I was wondering what are your thoughts on the Leangains Protocol…? Thanks!

  21. Alexis @ Hummusapien on October 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Mmmm I love this version–especially the addition of coconut!

  22. Shari on October 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    That little pumpkin tree is SO cute!

  23. Ashleylyn on October 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

    You’re genius continues to amaze me everyday!

  24. Sarah on October 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hi Gina,

    First off, I realize this is a totally strange question, but since you are a native to Tucson, I figure you might have some advice. This is my second year living in Tucson- I go to UA for graduate school. Anyway, long story short, this weekend, I saw a tiny translucent pink lizard/gecko in my closet in my house! I freaked out! I tried to lock him in there and sealed the door by shoving a towel in the crack, but I don’t think that worked because just this morning, I saw him in my closet AGAIN!

    People keep telling me that these little guys are 100% harmless and actually eat crickets and spiders that might be in the house, but I can’t help but feel a little icked out by the thought of him crawling around while I am sleeping at night.

    So, I am wondering, is there a way to get these guys to leave for good, or do I just need to get used to him because they are unavoidable in Tucson. Ugh I am sorry for such a long silly comment, I am just freaking out and I figured you would probably feel not so good about little lizard/geckos in your house too…

    Thank you ahead of time! Agh!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

      hey girl,
      yes, they’re totally harmless- don’t be afraid. the best way would be to make sure your doors are sealed well, and maybe get an exterminator to come out. lavender oil is also a great way to get rid of insects- they hate the smell of it. when seasons change, the creepy crawlies come out. we had a couple of scorpions a couple of weeks ago, but since the exterminator came and sprayed outside, we haven’t seen any (knock on wood!)
      hope this helps a little!

      • Sarah on October 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

        Thank you! Since I am renting the house, I think my best bet is to email my landlord and start with the lavender oil. Do you just burn it in an oil burner around the house? Thank you so so much for the advice!

  25. Rachel on October 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Those pumpkins are so cute!! I’ve never succeeded in making “balls” –they never held together for me lol

  26. Maja on October 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Oh my, these look amazing!
    Can’t wait for the day, when canned pumkin puree will be availabe in Germany.
    I seem to be too lazy to cook a whole pumkin just to mash it up again…

  27. Kath Eats on October 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Can’t wait to make these!!!

  28. Danielle @ D. Sells Seashells on October 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Ran right out and got pumpkin and scurried home to make these. I added carob chips and used 2T coconut flour and 2T vanilla whey protein. They’re so good I ate one before they had even set :S

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      yay i’m glad you liked them!!!

  29. Katie @ A Full Plate on October 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Genuis! Love your amazeballs already, but can’t wait to make this version πŸ™‚

  30. Ana on October 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Ohh, I love your amazeballs and already made the pumpkin version!
    I used oat bran and rice protein for the dry ingredients, and sunflower seed butter. They turned out delicious, love it! Ate 2 as part of my afternoon snack and saved the other two in the freezer for later – I usually make lots of balls and keep them in a zipbag in the freezer, then take as many as I need/want and bring along with me/eat!
    Thanks Gina for another amazing recipe idea!

  31. Carrie Fette on October 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I HAD to come to your blog to find this recipe. I pinned it on pinterest but I NEED to make these today. I think the kiddos are going to adore them too! Ben keeps saying, “Cookie” and I’m lucky that I can pass most anything off to him as a cookie, but I know this one he’ll love!! Thanks Gina!!

  32. Julie on October 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I made and ate all 4 today then made another batch!

  33. SC on October 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Made these last night with coconut flour in lieu of oats and shtuff, and cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and a smidgen of black pepper instead of pumpkin spices. So good! I’ve been loving cayenne pepper with pumpkin lately πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe!

    • Ana on October 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Good idea to use coconut flour. I made mine with oat bran + rice protein for the dry and these were awesome!
      I will try it with coconut flour too!

      • Fitnessista on October 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

        whoo hoo!

        • Em on October 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

          Can I use just ALL oat flour for the dry here? Don’t have a food processor, but I have ground oat floor (Bob’s)

  34. luv what you do on October 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    These look fantastic! I can’t wait to try them!

  35. Gena Hondrogiannis on October 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    So excited to try these! Queston, are the oat, coconut and almonds meal types of flours? Or do you put in whole oats and coconut flakes? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      whole oats and coconut flakes πŸ™‚

  36. Rachel {studio cuisine} on October 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Just made these…holy YUM!

  37. Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on November 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Just made these tonight- they are in the freezer now! We used cookie butter (speculoos), oats, ground almonds, pecan pieces, and rolled them in cinnamon sugar! Can’t wait!!

  38. Beth on March 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    For the amazaballs, did you use shredded coconut or coconut flour?

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      shredded coconut

  39. Carolyn on July 19, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Any recommendation for a nut butter substitution???? We have allergies πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2014 at 1:19 am

      are seeds out too?

      • Carolyn Walden on July 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

        Hmmmmm….not entirely….I could use pumpkin or sunflower seed….but if I wanted to do nut/seed free what are your thoughts?

        Another thought….maybe I could use a Chia gel…it wouldn’t form as well but could do the trick.

        • Fitnessista on July 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

          i’m not sure of a good nut/seed-free option since the nut butter really gives it the consistency. sunflower seed butter if you can! and yes, chia gel would work in a pinch, but they wouldn’t taste or look the same

  40. RachelG on September 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I can’t wait to make these once I’m done with school work tonight! Since I’m celebrating the Jewish New Year today I’ll consider pumpkin amazeballs my Jewish Champagne. πŸ™‚

  41. MJ on October 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    How many balls does this recipe make? The quantities are so small?

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      it only makes 4-5 balls! you can always double the recipe if you’d like more

      • MJ on October 4, 2020 at 3:10 pm

        Thank you for the quick response!

  42. KOLYA LYNNE SMITH on October 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for the wet/dry ratio. It’s super helpful!

  43. Suzanne on September 16, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    This looks so good! What a fun way to make this treat with a fall flavor!

  44. Vanessa on September 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Do they freeze well?

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2021 at 12:58 am

      i’ve never frozen them but i’d imagine they freeze great!

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