Pumpkin Cacao Protein Bites

This is the perfect Fall treat. Packed with flavor, protein and spices, this nutritious treat is gluten and dairy-free.

Prep Time: 10 min. Makes 20 bites.


  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cacao nibs
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free organic rolled oats (not quick oats or instant oatmeal)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • dash sea salt (or to taste)
  • cacao powder, ground almonds or shredded unsweetened coconut for rolling


1. Pulse the oatmeal, almonds, and cacao nibs in a food processor until the size of small crumbs.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well-combined and mixture holds its shape when pressed together. Do not over-process.
3. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. If desired, roll the finished bites in organic cacao powder, unsweetened shredded coconut or ground almonds.
4. Transfer to fridge to chill completely, then enjoy:) Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you make these, send me an email (contactus@buffalobarre.com) or let me know in class how you like them!

Maria McKendry, PT