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Cake Batter Protein Balls

July 13, 2022

Want the taste of cake batter without having to whip up a whole cake? These No-Bake Cake Batter Protein Balls are a lightened-up and high-protein snack recipe that tastes just like the real thing!

no-bake cake batter protein balls on a plate.

How many recipes can I share that have something to do with my postpartum meal prep? You may not want to challenge me on that…For reference, the first thing I bought when I felt comfortable buying stuff for the baby was a chest freezer. Not a bassinet or a stroller, a chest freezer! I knew the early postpartum days would be long and exhausting so having easy, meal-prepped recipes like these cake batter protein balls was a definite priority.

One day I’ll get around to sharing my whole list of recipes for postpartum, but rest assured that at least 4 of them were energy balls or protein balls. These cake batter protein balls kept me full during those middle of the night feeds and “omg I’m starving but i’m nap trapped” days. But even if you’re not postpartum, these no-bake cake balls are always a hit – especially with the kiddos. Enjoy!

What You Need:

These cake batter protein balls require just a few ingredients! They’re naturally sweetened with dates and are grain and gluten-free.

  • Shredded coconut – alternatively you can also use coconut butter (NOT coconut oil!). You’ll process it until a sticky paste is formed.
  • Pitted Dates – medjool or honey dates both work. Just make sure they are sticky! If they’re dried out a bit you can soak them in hot water for 10 minutes and then strain the water.
  • Cashews – raw or roasted work for this recipe.
  • Sea salt – for every sweet recipe you need a bit of salt!
  • Vanilla Extract – you can also use vanilla bean paste (I get one from Trader Joe’s) which adds even more of a cake flavor
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – Any protein powder should work though I’ve only tested with Vanilla Whey Protein Powder or Plant-Based Protein Powder.
  • Rainbow sprinkles – any kind will do! I highly recommend the more natural sprinkles from Supernaturals

How to Make Birthday Cake Protein Balls

These no-bake cake balls are so easy to make! All you need is 7 simple ingredients and a food processor! Here’s how to make these cake batter protein balls step-by-step:

STEP 1: Add coconut to food processor and process for 5 mins, scraping down the sides as needed. Alternatively, skip this step and use a 1/4 cup of coconut butternot coconut oil.

STEP 2: Add in dates and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.

STEP 3: Add in cashews, sea salt, vanilla extract and protein and process until all ingredients come together. Mixture is done when you can roll dough into balls and they hold their shape.

STEP 4: Add in sprinkles and pulse several times to combine.

STEP 5: Roll into 14 balls and place in the freezer for 15 mins. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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Cake Batter Protein Balls

Want the taste of cake batter without having to whip up a whole cake? These No-Bake Cake Batter Protein Balls are a lightened-up and high-protein snack recipe that tastes just like the real thing!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 14 Balls 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Raw
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add coconut to food processor and process for 5 mins, scraping down the sides as needed. Alternatively, skip this step and use a 1/4 cup of coconut butter – not coconut oil.
  2. Add in dates and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  3. Add in cashews, sea salt, vanilla extract and protein and process until all ingredients come together. Mixture is done when you can roll dough into balls and they hold their shape.
  4. Add in sprinkles and pulse several times to combine.
  5. Roll into 14 balls and place in the freezer for 15 mins.
  6. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

*Make sure your dates are sticky. If not, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to soften and then drain.
**I’ve made these with both whey and plant-based protein powder

Keywords: Birthday Cake Protein Balls , Cake Batter Protein Balls, No-Bake Cake Balls

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  • Reply
    Jane
    February 28, 2021 at 9:14 am

    What is the calorie count per serving? these really sound good. I make your No-Bake Oatmeal Protein balls very other week. The recipe is recommended on the Fit Mother Project blog.

  • Reply
    Katherine
    May 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I made these for my son’s school snack, but substituted chickpeas for the cashews as school requires all snacks be nut-free. He tried them today for the first time and LOVED them! We have a winner! Kid-approved! Thanks so much for the great recipe – it’s sure to become a staple for school snacks, and on-the-go munchies, especially with summer day trips and camping adventures coming up!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      May 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Amazing! I’m so happy to hear that. I just returned from a camping trip too and of course brought some energy balls along 🙂

  • Reply
    Christina
    October 26, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I love anything cake batter! But, I absolutely cannot stand coconut. Is there anything else I can use ? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Hi Christina! Unfortunately no 🙁 It’s really the combo of coconut + vanilla, which creates that cake batter effect. I don’t personally find it to be coconutty at all. To be it tastes like cake batter! Wish I could help!

  • Reply
    Davida Kugelmass
    October 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Fangirling right back atchu!

  • Reply
    Davida Kugelmass
    October 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I totally agree! They’re like birthday cake donut holes!

  • Reply
    Deb
    October 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

    These do look great. I have been a fan of these, but in bar form. Next time I will mold them into balls which saves the rolling pin and cutting steps. One question though… What kind of whey protein do you use in your recipe? I like organic, so even though I do drink protein drinks I try to stay away from artificial ingredients.
    Thanks,
    Love your blog!
    Deb~

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      I used an organic whey brand but it’s only one scoop and truthfully it’s for flavor rather than the protein boost. The nuts also help increase the protein naturally. Click the link for the protein powder and you’ll see which one I’ve been using. Truthfully I don’t looooove it but for such a minuscule amount it does the trick!

  • Reply
    Jan
    October 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I love your recipes but I want calorie counts on all you dishes thanks

    • Reply
      Maddi
      July 13, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      18 servings

      98 calories

      11.2g carbs
      5.2g fat
      2.2g protein

      I would use 100% Whey–Vanilla (EAS brand) so that is what I based my calorie count on.

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