Pumpkin Protein Fudge

Good morning! How’s your morning going? I have just the perfect pumpkin fall recipe to make your day even better–pumpkin protein fudge! πŸ™‚ My day is off to a good start with a 40 minute tempo Oreo (10 minutes easy, 20 minutes fast, 10 minutes easy– the good stuff’s in the middle) and coffee.

Hot morning coffee

Always coffee.

So there’s this thing going on with my phone. I’m officially out of photos and space to do anything. Buuuut I found a way around that: I take the picture with Instagram. Even if I don’t post said photo, it still shows up in my camera roll.

I’m pushing 3,000 photos and a lot of music.. I wonder how much longer until it explodes.

It’s probably about the time to back everything up, delete and start over, but I like having Livi’s entire life on my phone. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to look back at old photos… like this one πŸ™‚

baby Livi snuggling with dad

I snapped a couple of Instagrammed-but-not-Instagrammed pics at Kyle and Meg’s last night. We brought some dinner over, as well as Bella, for her first puppy play date with her fur cousin Luna.

Livi and Luna the dog

Bella was so sweet and gentle, even though Luna wanted to play and chase. By the end of the night, they were sprinting around the living room together. πŸ™‚ We’ll have to see how Caro does, even though she’s kind of a cat-dog and doesn’t care who’s around or what they’re doing, as long as she has her comfy spot on the couch.

Caro lounging around

Protein Pumpkin Fudge

I didn’t prep a ton of snacks and goodies for this week- slim pickins at the grocery store- so I’ll have to do that at some point today. What we do have on hand: pumpkin protein fudge. 

Pumpkin Protein Fudge is a delicious fall treat

It had to happen.

Closeup of a bite of pumpkin protein fudge  


Pumpkin Protein Fudge

A delicious pumpkin treat for fall that packs in protein power

  • Author: Fitnessista


  • 1 pack protein powder (33g)
  • 4 tbsp dry ingredients (either almond meal, coconut, oat flour or a mix)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (I used Sunbutter)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • Liquid Stevia or other sweetener to taste (I used 12 drops liquid Stevia)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg or dried ginger
  • Chocolate drizzle for garnish πŸ˜‰


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Press the mix into a container (you can make one big one or individual servings like I did here).
  3. Place in the fridge to harden slightly and take a piece whenever you want a little treat with protein power.


pumpkin protein fudge 2

Pumpkin is a fun component to add to the usual meal suspects this time of year; not just because of the seasonal novelty, but it also adds a dose of nutrients and filling fiber. I figured it would be a holiday twist for one of my favorite snacks, and let’s be real… I’m pumpkin-ifying everrrrything. No shame.

Some more of my favorite orange recipes:

Pumpkin amazeballs

Cook and use an entire pumpkin

-The amazing winter vegetable soup

Pumpkin chocolate chip bread

Pumpkin cheesecake for one

Hope you all have an amazing day <3



If you’re looking for a moment of stillness in your day, check out this beautiful ballet time lapse video. My favorite part is the slow sequence around 1:12.

Congratulations to the winners of Ashley’s cookbook giveaway and the Reebok Nano Speed giveaway: Gina and Liz!!  Both winners have been emailed πŸ™‚

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  1. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on October 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wow, this is the easiest thing in the world to make and I love that I have all the ingredients at home right now! I see pumpkin fudge in my very near future! πŸ˜‰

  2. Lisa on October 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This fudge looks delicious! I actually made a pumpkin protein fudge last year too and it’s still one of my favourite year round Snacks! It’s so simply and can be kept for a while so I just love it.
    I’ll need to try out your recipe next!

  3. emily h. on October 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Gina, i had the same prob with my phone. Download the flickr app and get an account if you dont have one and you can upload alllll your photos to the app (a few at a time or it will freeze up). You will still have all the photos easily accessable just like they are in your photo albums on your phone, and you can keep putting photos on as ya go. you can also make your photos private if you want.

  4. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on October 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Yum! I made some protein fudge the other day – but vanilla πŸ™‚
    I’m absolutely terrible about deleting picture from my phone. My husband thinks I’m the worst, lol

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I love fudge!

    Isn’t it awesome that we live in an age where we can take 3000 photos!! I remember when I was a kid and mom and dad had the film camera. You thought taking 3 or 4 rolls was a TON and then it was always disappointing when many didn’t turn out. We sure are lucky. πŸ™‚

  6. purelytwins on October 7, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    coffee makes everything better, right πŸ™‚

  7. lucie on October 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Aaah, even as a non-coffee person that coffee picture looks so good πŸ™‚
    I love Pumpkin Fudge. I definitely need to try it, though I always have to make the puree myself – no canned pumpkin in Switzerland. It’s ok, just takes double amount of time πŸ™‚

  8. Jackie on October 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    That fudge sounds yummy

  9. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on October 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Yum – that protein fudge looks so easy! Definitely making it soon. I feel the same way about pictures – I hate removing them from my phone, even if it’s just to back them up. It just doesn’t feel the same!!

  10. Becca on October 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    YUMM!!! I can’t wait to try that! My kids LOVE pumpkin! Thanks for the recipe! πŸ˜€

  11. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Suddenly I don’t feel so bad about the 1100 pics I have on my phone. I know what you mean about just not wanting to part with them… I mean, sure, they’d be on the computer and everything, but there’s just something about always having them on hand and close to you that feels so much more comforting.

  12. Yvonne Jones on October 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I had to go through and pick out my favorites from my baby and download the rest to the computer πŸ™ I didn’t want to lose the access either! Although someone mentioned Flickr app! I’m all over that!

  13. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on October 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I am TOTALLY making this tonight!! Looks delicious…and nutritious πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      let me know what you think! πŸ™‚

  14. Karen on October 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Can I ask what kind of protein powder you prefer to use?

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      i like jay robb egg white in smoothies and oats/yogurt, sun warrior for baking and projects like this

  15. Shaina Anderson on October 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Delete all of your text messages. πŸ™‚ if you’re like me, you’re probably sending a lot of photos around of Liv so that will clear up a lot of space!

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      smart! thank you πŸ™‚

  16. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on October 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Making this pronto! I’ve been needing some more snack ideas, so this is perfect!

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Yum! This looks so simple & delicious!

  18. queenoffitness on October 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I have all of these ingredients so I am making this stat! Also, you should feel honored…we are having a “fittest winner” competition in my school district for the employees & I am the captain of my team and chose the”fitnessistas” for our team name. Your blog is the very first food/health blog that I ever read three years ago & it’s my favorite.

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      ahhh i love it!!! good luck to your team πŸ™‚ thank you so much for reading

  19. Ruthie@ShesWickedHealthy on October 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    this looks so tasty! way to get a little fall flavored protein in – love it!

  20. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on October 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Haha! Oreo intervals. I love it. And I’m also going to love this fudge…I know it πŸ™‚

  21. Annie on October 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    sorry to be so technical.. but what’s the size of you rectangle container ?


    • queenoffitness on October 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      gina will probably answer but she has made a couple of variations on her protein fudge and she uses what looks like a pyrex lunch size dish that is rectangular. i don’t know the actual size but they sell them at wal-mart and probably other retailers too. i have 3 of them that i use to pack my lunches.

      • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm

        i have no idea what size it is. i went to go measure and also have no idea where my measuring tape is haha. my guess would be 8×6?

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      my guess would be 8×6. it’s not huge

  22. Kelli @ HungryHobby on October 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    You added pumpkin, your so smart, I’m definitely making this tonight!

  23. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on October 7, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    OOO! This looks great!! πŸ™‚

  24. alyssa - life a la wife on October 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    what size pan did you use?

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      it was fairly small. like a large pyrex tupperware

  25. Kimberly on October 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I feel like every day I see a new way to include pumpkin on one of the blogs I read. I love it!!! Pumpkin everyyyythiiinnnnggggggg…..

  26. Maggie on October 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I just made pumpkin turkey chili!! So smooth and yummy πŸ™‚

  27. Cindy on October 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    You should check out Dropbox. It automatically uploads all your pictures via Wi-Fi and keeps them out of your albums.

  28. Emily on October 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I finally bit the bullet and started moving my photos off to my computer. Then backing them up on an external drive. Then backing them up again to Photobucket. And Facebook. I am NOT losing any of Squish’s baby pictures! How silly that I have probably averaged a photo a day of Squish, and my parents *maybe* have an album or two of me and my siblings. Ahh, the technology age!

  29. Laura B on October 8, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I’m having the same phone problem except my computer is full too, which means I need to dump stuff off of that, which I don’t really want to do. There really needs to be a better system.

  30. Whit on October 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

    You and your fudges of late! Make a girl’s heart real real warm. Making this during naptime tomorrow.


  31. Alex @ Kenzie Life on October 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Protein fudge sounds amazing and pumpkin must take it to the next level! Sounds like such a great snack!

  32. Carolynne on October 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Made the fudge, think I followed instructions right but mix is DRY. Added more pumpkin and made in small (sandwich size) container… Will try it tomorrow. Did I miss something moist t add? (Used coconut flour… Maybe should’ve sifted?

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

      coconut flour is very thirsty, so you have to add more liquid (like almond milk). i’d try oats or shredded coconut next time!

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