Summer is here!!!!!
As much as I’d like to say that I enjoy all the seasons equally, it would be a straight up lie. I live for summer. Long warm days, eating dinners outside, tank tops and flip flops, everything about it just gives me an instant high. And while summer might be a little different this year (a pandemic will do that though), there’s one thing that is sure to be an unchanging fact about summer. That summer treats are epitomized in no bake desserts, raw concoctions, and the freezer becomes the mecca of refreshing but delicious goodness. So to celebrate the beginning of this season, I bring you these Cake Batter Balls! Cuz is there any more classic way to celebrate something than with a cake?! But make it no-bake and healthified.
These Cake Batter Balls are super easy to whip up. Made with just a few good-for-you ingredients and in just one bowl, these would be great to mix up with any little helpers looking to get in the kitchen. Sweetened with maple syrup and spiked with protein, these are a fun way to fuel up pre/post work out. And with (mostly, cuz sprinkles) clean ingredients, I may have convinced myself to enjoy a couple of these for breakfast. Because does the day even start until chocolate’s been had? But if you’re looking to cut the sugars a bit, not really into chocolate, just don’t have the time for melting chocolate, or want to make these a sun-friendly snack, feel free to skip the chocolate coating. They will still be amazing!
These are super customizable so you can use what you have on hand. For the chocolate I’ve used Enjoy Life chocolate chips which are made with cane sugar. If you’re looking for a paleo-friendly chocolate, I love the Hu gems which are made with coconut sugar. For the sprinkles, I used naturally dyed rainbow sprinkles. I found this brand at a store nearby and really like them. For some reason they are currently unavailable on Amazon at the time of publishing this post. For strict paleo, just leave these out, they will only be a little less fun.
paleo friendly (gluten/grain/dairy free), naturally sweetened, vegan, oil free
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Cake Batter Balls
These sprinkle studded balls taste just like cake batter, but healthied up and spiked with protein. Sweetened with maple syrup and made with only good for you ingredients (ok, and some sprinkles) these are the perfect treat to enjoy any time of day, pre or post-work out, mid-morning snack, or even dessert! I like the sprinkles that are naturally dyed but still taste just as fun!
no bake, vegan, paleo, naturally sweetened
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder or additional almond flour
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2-3 tbsp tahini, well stirred before using or other nut/seed butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 tbsp nut/seed milk of choice
- 2-3 tbsp sprinkles omit if strict paleo
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
In a medium bowl mix together the almond flour, protein powder, and sea salt.
Add the maple syrup and 2 tbsp of tahini and mix well. If the mixture is too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk and stir well. If the batter is still too thick add a bit more nut milk. If batter is too thin, add the additional tbsp of tahini. The batter should look like a cookie dough batter and easily rolled into a ball.
Add the sprinkles and stir to incorporate into the batter.
Roll into 11-12 balls (I used a 40 mm cookie scoop) and place on a parchment lined plate or baking sheet and place in the freezer.
Make the chocolate coating by melting the chocolate in short 5 second bursts in the microwave or over a double boiler. Once chocolate is melted carefully stir in the coconut oil until chocolate is shiny and smooth.
Using a fork, gently roll each ball in the melted chocolate, lift up, and tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place back on plate/baking sheet and repeat until all balls are coated. Place the coated balls back in the freezer to set. Once chocolate is fine enjoy!
Store these in the fridge or freezer!
Leave off the chocolate coating to make these a sun-friendly snack to enjoy on the go!
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