What's the next best thing to a slice of birthday cake? These Birthday Cake Energy Bites! These Paleo protein cake bites taste exactly like vanilla cake batter. And, better yet, they are nut free, egg free, grain free, dairy free and high in protein.
I've had a couple requests for birthday cake flavored recipes. Because, sure enough, I don't have any on my blog. Well, until now that is.
I decided that I'd kick off the new year with these Birthday Cake Energy Bites. They taste just like vanilla cake batter. But, unlike "real" cake they are high in protein, low in sugar and a perfectly healthy snack.
I've made them multiple times and they've turned out perfectly! My kids love them as well, which is always a plus.
Ingredients in Birthday Cake Energy Bites
These healthy, no bake energy balls are made with real, wholesome ingredients. They are sweetened with honey (or sub any liquid sweetener) and high in protein. In addition, they are:
- grain free
- egg free
- dairy free
- low carb
- no bake
The filling consists of plant based protein powder, coconut butter, honey, vanilla, sprinkles, baking soda and salt. The baking soda is not required, but provides a more cake-like flavor. In addition, the honey can be substituted with any liquid sweetener (like maple syrup or monk fruit).
The outer coating is made of cacao butter and powdered monk fruit sweetener. However, coating these birthday cake protein balls is optional. Other toppings could include white or dark chocolate.
How to Make Birthday Cake Energy Bites
These Paleo protein balls don't require any baking and the filling is made in one bowl.
First, combine all filling ingredients (except the water and sprinkles) in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, add the water one tablespoon at a time. This ensures that the correct amount of water is added. You don't want a dry, crumbly mixture or one that is too sticky and runny. Mixing the filling with your hands works best.
After adding the water, mix in the sprinkles. Then, roll the batter into balls about one tablespoon in size. Freeze the balls for at least an hour to set. Freezing them makes them easier to handle when dipping into the cacao butter.
Lastly, melt the cacao butter and mix in the monk fruit sweetener. Then, dip the cake bites into the cacao butter. Add a few extra sprinkles immediately after dipping (before cacao butter has time to set). Place the balls on parchment to set, then eat!
No bake, high protein energy bites that taste like cake batter. Great for a quick treat or energizing Paleo snack.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine protein powder, baking soda, salt, melted coconut butter, honey and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture can be rolled into balls*
- Mix in sprinkles.
- Roll dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon in size.
- Place balls in freezer for at least 1 hour to set**
- In a small saucepan, melt coconut butter over low heat. Once fully melted, remove from heat and mix in powdered monk fruit.
- Dip the balls into the melted cacao butter and place on a sheet of parchment paper to set. Optional: top with additional sprinkles.
- Store in fridge or freezer.
*Use more or less water as needed. Mixing dough with hands works best.
**Freezing the balls makes it easier to dip them in cacao butter.
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