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Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Balls (Paleo)

An easy, no-bake Paleo dessert that's full of healthy, delicious ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, Collagen, No Bake, Pumpkin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings (16-18 balls)
Calories 352kcal


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup raw cashews unsalted
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree canned pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder plus 1/4 cup more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice or substitute baking spice
  • 2 tbsp vanilla collagen creamer or substitute unflavored Collagen Peptides plus 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Paleo Pumpkin Protein Bites

  • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients.
  • Blend on medium speed for about 45 seconds. You may need to stop halfway through to scrape down the sides. The mixture should be smooth but still have texture to it. Don't overblend.
  • Put the mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill it.
  • Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to a small dish.
  • Using two spoons, scoop out bite-sized amounts of the pumpkin and date mixture into the cocoa powder, one at a time. Turn it with the spoons to lightly coat it, then use your hands to roll them into a ball. This helps keep it from sticking to your hands.
  • Set the balls aside, and keep chilled until you're ready to enjoy them!


If you don't like collagen, don't have it handy, or want to make this recipe Vegan-friendly: simply omit it. 


Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 6355IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 5mg