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June 7, 2019

by Alyssa

Healthy Cake Batter Energy Bites

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These cake batter energy bites are vegan, gluten-free and made without refined sugar. They're easy to make and are a healthy sweet treat everyone will love!

No Bake Cake Batter Bites

My energy ball addiction is back and coming at you in full force today. We're changing up my standard chocolate or fruity base and making something so fabulous that you might just never look back.

When I first made these cake batter energy bites, I felt like it was too good to be true. They taste like vanilla cake, have icing on top, and even are studded with sprinkles.

And the best part? They don't require any baking, have only 9 ingredients and are ready in about 15 minutes!


Healthy No Bake Cake Batter Bites

How to Make Cake Batter Energy Bites

Just like my other energy bite recipes, you're going to need a food processor to make these cake batter energy bites.

We start by adding our base ingredients: cashews, coconut, oats, and dates. Blend that up until you get a sandy texture. This combination gives you a really nice “plain” base for your cake. The coconut adds a little sweetness and the oats give it a really soft texture.

Then you'll add your flavorings: vanilla extract, cashew butter, and maple syrup. The cashew butter helps bind the dough together and has a really subtle flavor. The maple syrup is our sweetener and the vanilla is our flavor. Together this forms the perfect base for our energy bites.

The final thing we want to do is pulse in some sprinkles. I like these natural sprinkles!

The Best Vegan Cake Icing

The Perfect Vegan Cake Icing

What would a cake batter energy bite be without a little some healthy icing, right?

I've used coconut butter as icing on all sorts of things. All I do is melt it and drizzle it on everything. I've used coconut butter icing on recipes like my Healthy Quinoa Carrot Cake, Healthy Blueberry Muffins, and even Pumpkin Spice Truffles.

What's fabulous about coconut butter is its natural sweetness. Coconut is something that inherently has a little sugar in it, so when you melt it, you really don't need to add anything else. You can totally stir in a little vanilla extract, but for this recipe, it's just plain old coconut butter.

Vegan Cake Energy Balls

A Quick & Easy No Bake Snack

I've shared before about how much I love having a stockpile of energy bites on hand for a quick and easy snack. What's great about energy bites is that they're portable. I'll grab one on my way out the door as I head to yoga, but also bring them when I travel.

To help make my energy bites last longer, I keep them in the freezer. You can store them for at least 6 months. But if you're traveling, for example, you can also keep them in the fridge (like your hotel mini fridge!). Some recipes – like these cake batter energy bites – can also be stored at room temperature.

Either way, they are ready in about 10 minutes, don't require any baking, are packed with fiber, healthy fats and some protein, and honestly just make the best little snack ever.

No Bake Energy Ball Recipe

No Bake Cake in Bite-Sized Form

I like to think of these cake batter energy bites as the healthiest way to eat a slice of cake! While they don't have the same texture as something like a cake pop (which is made with cake batter), they do honestly taste like a slice of vanilla cake.

Not to mention our natural sprinkles that help give them a funfetti flavor.

These are really one of my new favorite no-bake dessert recipes. I've always loved vanilla cake and now I can have it – icing and all – in bite-sized form!

Healthy Cake Batter Energy Bites

Other Energy Bite Recipes to try:

No-Bake Healthy Cake Batter Energy Bites

These cake batter energy bites are vegan, gluten-free and made without refined sugar. They're a healthy sweet treat everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 85kcal
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Vegan Cake Batter Energy Bites
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  • Add cashews, coconut, oats, and dates into a food processor. Process on high until crumbly.
  • Add in cashew butter, syrup and vanilla and blend again until a dough starts to come together. If that's not happening, stream in water one tablespoon at a time until a sticky dough forms. Pulse in the sprinkles.
  • Remove the lid and form the mixture into balls.
  • Transfer to a plate, and drizzle with coconut butter. Top with sprinkles to finish. Enjoy immediately, or for an even better texture, cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.



Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Absolutely perfect recipe!!!! So delicious! What a treat and very filling! Great for that on the way home from work stuck in traffic hunger!

  2. These are amazing! I used almond butter instead of cashew butter and also added a splash of almond extract, so yummy!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. Hi Alyssa,

    These looks delicious. What might make a good substitute for the coconut? I am trying to get my husband to eat healthier snacks but he doesn’t like coconut. Thanks.

  4. Hi Alyssa, what type of coconut do you use for the energy balls recipe? Shredded coconut ? Fresh coconut?


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