These cake batter protein energy balls are a quick and easy snack or dessert made with simple, wholesome ingredients! They’re also completely refined sugar free!
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Anyway, allow me to introduce you to these delicious cake batter energy bites. I’m a huge fan of energy balls, energy bites, bliss balls, or whatever you want to call them. They’re an easy, on the go snack that are (usually) very good for you.
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, sices etc.
Energy balls are often protein and fiber rich, and have lots of healthy fats to keep you full for longer. They’re the perfect healthy, on the go snack! For this recipe you will need:
- Cashew Butter as the base
- Oat Flour to help bind everything together
- Protein Powder for flavor and…more protein!
- Maple Syrup for natural sweetness
- Almond Extract to give that delicious cake batter flavor
- Vanilla for extra flavor
- Spinkles for fun 🙂
- Pinch of salt
How long do protein balls last in the fridge?
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!
Can you freeze energy balls?
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.
A few final thoughts on these high protein energy balls
- 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!
Try these other snacks next!
- Sweet and Tangy Lemon Coconut Bliss Balls
- No Bake PB & J Granola Bars
- Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Sweet, indulgent, but entirely healthy, these cake batter energy balls are your new favorite high protein snack!
- 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.
These energy balls will last in the fridge for about 2 weeks or in the freezer for several months.
You can use any protein powder for this recipe. I highly recommend a vanilla protein for best flavor.
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