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 and vegan.
I’m an avid snacker. I rarely can go an hour without something to eat, so I love having little snacks on hand for when hunger strikes.
They’re an easy, on the go snack that are (usually) very good for you. This
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 that you can keep in the fridge or freezer for weeks on end. For this recipe you will need:
Cashew Butter. Cashew butter is the base of this recipe. You can use another nut butter if you prefer, but cashew butter is going to have the most neutral flavor and really give you that cake batter feel.
Oat Flour. To help bind everything together. You can also use almond flour if you prefer a grain free option or even try subbing for more protein powder instead.
Protein Powder. I love a vanilla protein powder for flavor and of course protein!
Maple Syrup. Since these are refined sugar free, we’ll be using maple syrup for natural sweetness, but honey is also delicious.
Almond Extract. This will give that delicious cake batter flavor. You just need a small amount paired with vanilla extract to really round out the flavors.
Sprinkles. These are just for fun and you can totally do without!
Frequently asked questions
Do they keep? 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 this recipe? 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.
Can you make them grain free? 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.
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Cake Batter Protein Energy Balls
- 1 cup cashew butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup oat flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ 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 ½ 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.