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Protein bites are healthy and convenient—but can be pricey at the store. Save money by making your own with this delicious fall-inspired recipe from Bob Harper.


  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or finely ground coconut, plus extra for coating
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup egg-white protein powder
  • Pinch of salt


Serves: 24-26 bites


Add pecans and pepitas to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until ground. Add soaked dates, pumpkin purée, coconut, pumpkin pie spice, protein powder and salt, and pulse until the mixture comes together in a ball. Remove with a spatula and place in a bowl; chill for 20-25 minutes.

Once chilled, use a 1-inch scoop to scoop the mixture into a plate of coconut flakes. Roll the pumpkin pie protein bites in coconut flakes and serve.