I once saw a meme that said we should hide nuclear codes in the body of recipes posts because no one actually reads them. So maybe I should expose my deepest darkest secrets in here and treat this like therapy if no one’s going to read this?! Probably a bad idea. But if you’re reading this, hi! I’m Claire and I’m happy you’re here with me on this little corner of the internet.
I’ve been in the process of starting up my health coaching business, running my blog, etc. But it’s proving to be a bit of a slower process than I thought, so I think getting another job may be in order. HMU if you want to hire me, lol! What’s been going on in your lives? I love to hear from you!
Anyway, despite the stress of life, these cake batter energy balls are a sure fire way to get me in a good mood. They come together in *literally* five minutes, and perfect for both kids and adults.
Why are energy balls good for you? I know the whole cake batter part of this recipe might not make it seem like these are all that nutritious, but I promise they are! Energy balls of all kinds are often made with simple ingredients like oats, nuts, dates, etc. Energy balls are often rich in plant-based protein and fiber — plus, they often have lots of healthy fats to keep you full for longer. They’re the perfect healthy, on-the-go snack! Can’t argue with that.
- 1 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 3 tbsp sprinkles (plus more for rolling)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Add the cashew butter, vanilla, almond extract, and maple syrup to a bowl. Mix well.
- Add all remaining ingredients except the sprinkles and combine until a dough forms. Don’t be afraid to use your hands!
- Gently fold in the sprinkles with a wooden spoon.
- Take about a 1 1/2 half inch scoop of the dough and roll into balls.
- Roll the dough in additional sprinkles if desired.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
The almond extract is a key ingredient in giving these energy balls a cake batter flavor, I don’t recommend subbing it with anything else.
You can probably omit the oat flour and sub for more protein powder if you want a grain free energy bite or just more protein! I have not tested this myself, but imagine it would work well.
You can use any protein powder, but I suggest a vanilla flavor for best results. I personally used this protein powder.
You can use any other nut butter in place of cashew butter, though it won’t have quite the same cake batter flavor. Cashew butter yields the best flavor. The Almond Extract is very necessary to give a cake batter flavor, so I don’t recommend leaving it out!
These particular cake batter protein balls will last in the fridge for about 2 weeks. But let’s be real, you’ll probably eat them all before then!
Yes! They will harden and freeze… obviously. But they will keep much longer in the freezer as opposed to the fridge. If you want to make a big batch of these protein energy balls to have for quick snacks or desserts, you can store some in the freezer! Just take them out and let them defrost in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.
Need more simple plant-based recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth? You only need five ingredients to make these vegan caramel chocolates. Like my cake batter bites, they’re secretly packed with better-for-you ingredients, like cacao butter and lucuma powder — a superfood rich in vitamin B3, iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
There’s also this four-ingredient dairy-free chocolate sauce perfect for drizzling over ice cream, brownies, pies, eating by the spoonful… Anything your heart desires, really. It’s made with hazelnut butter, gooey Medjool dates, raw cacao powder, and again, lucuma powder.
This recipe was republished with permission from Eat With Clarity.