Have your cake and eat it too! These vanilla cake balls are moist, fluffy and taste like cake, but they’re made with healthy ingredients like chickpeas, protein powder and cashew butter. Vegan + gluten-free.
February is a month for celebrations over here. Isaac’s birthday is TODAY! My birthday/Valentine’s Day is next week. And my friend Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch has a new cookbook coming out this month. Cue all the celebration emojis!!
I was so excited when I received a copy of her cookbook in the mail a couple weeks ago. I mean it’s tilted Energy Balls and full of energy ball recipes… obviously I’m a fan.
A little more about the cookbook — it’s filled with 100 recipes for no-bake balls that are 100% vegan and gluten-free. There are breakfast balls for an energy boost in the morning, lunch-box balls for a mid-day treat, brain-boosting balls with ingredients known to enhance concentration and focus, performance enhancing balls to boost stamina and aid in workout recovery and bedtime balls with ingredients to promote rest and relaxation or boost your libido.
I already have like 10 recipes bookmarked (Peanut butter and Chocolate are calling my name) and the Vanilla Cake balls recipe that I’m sharing today comes directly from the cookbook!
It’s perfect that I’m sharing these Vanilla Cake balls today because the birthday boy LOVES them! It was so funny because the day I made these Isaac came home from work and immediately popped one in his mouth. The whole thing… obviously. And with his mouth completely full he started talking. I could barely make out what he was saying, but finally realized he was asking, “Is there anything healthy about these?” Apparently he thought they tasted too good to be healthy and almost didn’t believe me when I told him they were made with chickpeas and protein powder. Score!
I normally don’t gravitate toward cake batter flavored things, but I really liked these balls too! They kind of remind me of a cake pops, only without the icing. Plus these are packed with good for you ingredients. Plus, eating something with sprinkles is just plain fun.
If you have a celebration coming up OR just want to celebrate your workout with a fun treat.. these balls are for you! I highly recommend making a batch ASAP.
Healthy Vanilla Cake Balls
- 1 1/2 cups [300 g] canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup [60 ml] coconut or agave nectar (I used maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup [30 g] vanilla vegan protein powder
- 2 Tablespoons almond flour or meal or ground almonds
- 2 Tablespoons coconut butter
- 2 Tablespoons cashew butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup [80 g] vegan sprinkles or 1/2 cup [50 g] unsweetened shredded coconut.
- Combine the chickpeas, coconut nectar, protein powder, almond flour, coconut butter, cashew butter, vanilla and salt in a food processor and processor for 1 to 2 minutes, until a smooth mass forms. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl from time to time to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated.
- Spread the sprinkles on a plate.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and, with clean slightly wet hands, shape the mixture into a ball between your palms. Roll the ball in sprinkles to lightly coat, and set on a separate plate. Repeat with remaining mixture until you have 16 balls slightly smaller than a golf ball.
- Place the balls in the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until required.
by Brittany Mullins