Yep, back on the pumpkin wagon! I guess I never really fell off. But you all know how I feel about my bites and I couldn’t let pumpkin season pass without making a new bite. These are different than my other bites though.. the base is a bit out of the ordinary. Usually I use gobs of peanut butter but this time I went for a different legume—beans.
Before you click the big “X” in the corner, hear me out. When you blend up beans, they become super creamy and because northern beans are mild in flavor, they easily take on the flavor of whatever you mix them with. On top of that, beans are a great source of iron, fiber, potassium, and protein. Sounds like a pretty good base now, huh?
Pumpkin Protein Bites
Makes 55 bites
– 1 can northern beans; drained and rinsed
– 3/4 cup pumpkin [not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/2 cup pumpkin protein flour [I used MyOatmeal PB Lean but you can sub regular peanut flour]
– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder [optional—can sub coconut flour or more peanut flour; I used Vega Vanilla Performance Protein]
– 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 5 Trader Joe’s cinnamon graham crackers; crushed [can sub another graham cracker, but will only need 2 1/2 – 3]
Place beans and canned pumpkin in a blender or food processor and blend until totally smooth. Remove the mixture from the blender and hand mix in the rest of the ingredients except the graham cracker. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes.
After the mixture has cooled, it should be sticky, but easier to roll. In a medium bowl, crush up your graham crackers. Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out and roll your bites in the graham cracker crumbs. Place the bites in an air tight container and store in the fridge or freezer.
Per 1/2 tbsp bite
20 Calories / 1g Fat / 3g Carbs / 1g Sugar / 1g Fiber / 1g Protein
Food for Thought
Have you ever made sweets with beans?
You are becoming quite the protein bike baker, huh? I’m curious, do you know how much coconut flour would replace the protein powder?
I’d start out with 1 tbsp and adjust as needed.
A little surprised to see northern beans! Looks delicious and I think I have everything I need to make them. Even the beans 🙂
ohh you know i love it all! beans too
Tasty looking…as always!
love this girl!! what a great idea to add beans!
These look awesome! Any alternatives to peanut flour that would work? Do you think almond flour could be subbed?
These sound fantastic. I have modified a chickpea cookie recipe into a protein ball. I think the beans are great for adding moisture (oh and the protein and fiber)
These look amazing! And so original – I’ve seen so many protein ‘bites’ but none with that crunch y coating – and beans! I don’t think we have northern beans in the UK, but I’d love to experiment with chickpeas. I made chickpea brownies once and they weren’t half bad!
I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen more pumpkin stuff on blogs this season! Happy to see this recipe 🙂 I’m on a meal plan right now, so I won’t be making it, but I’ll file it away for a rainy day!
Those look delicious!!! Bring on all the pumpkin 🙂
I love that these are made with beans! I can’t wait to make them!!!
I FRIGGIN’ LOVE THE SECRET INGREDIENT!! 😀
These look amazing!!! I love pumpkin anything!
I love bean sweets! Great protein add… and pumpkin is always a win.