Pumpkin season is upon us and I’m excited to start finding ways to incorporate it in as many foods as possible. To be honest, I’m not much of a sweets person, so when I’m building a recipe I like to make sure it’s A) low in sugar and B) has added protein so it’s more filling and less filler.
When I was invited to create a recipe using Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE White Chocolate Bars and Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Dark Chocolate Bars, I knew I was going to incorporate pumpkin…and came up with Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Protein Bites. To be honest, the protein bite is good on its own, but with the addition of the chocolate, it takes it to a new level! You can check out the Lindt Community here for more recipe inspiration.
These are so versatile, too, which makes them great to bring to a football tailgate party, a fall gathering or even to keep in your fridge when your sweet tooth strikes and you don’t want to wreck your diet! Without further ado, here’s the yummy recipe for these pumpkin protein bites.
- Protein Bites
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Orgain)
- 2 sheets graham crackers
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 6 oz white/dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
- In a mixing bowl, combine liquid ingredients and blend well with a mixer.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir together.
- Add dry ingredients to liquids and mix until well blended.
- The mixture should resemble cookie dough and you should be able to form it into small balls at this point (I rubbed a bit of olive oil on my hands prior to rolling them).
- As you roll the balls, place them on the prepared cookie sheet. When you're done with this step, put the cookie sheet directly in the freezer to allow the bites to firm up for about 10-15 minutes.
- Before removing the bites from the freezer, go ahead and prepare your topping and melt the chocolate.
- Take two sheets of graham crackers and crush in a food processor along with pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
- Place 6 ounces of your favorite chocolate bar in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/4 tsp coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals until fully melted and smooth.
- Remove protein bites from freezer and use a fork to begin dipping them into the melted chocolate. As soon as one is covered, top with crushed graham crackers. Since the bites are cold, the chocolate will harden quickly - so it's important to move quickly if you want the topping to stick!
- Store the protein bites in the refrigerator in an airtight container and enjoy!
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