In need of a nourishing snack or post-workout replenisher? Enter: cake batter protein bites. These vanilla-flavored protein balls are both satiating and delightful—delicious anytime of day. Best of all, they come together in no time. Made with a few pantry staples, your whole family will love them. As a Nutrition Consultant, I often hear women lament about low energy (and motivation) in the afternoon. In turn, they crave a nap, more coffee, or a sugary snack. As we dive deeper, all signs typically point to two things: blood sugar imbalance and a low-calorie / nutrient-poor lunch. Luckily, these cake batter protein bites do both—help balance blood sugar and are the perfect sweet bite after lunch. Enjoy!
Ingredients in cake batter protein bites
Subtle in flavor, I used Vega’s vanilla Protein Made Simple to give these bites a protein boost. The almond flour, coconut flakes, and tahini aid in satiation (although you can certainly swap a different nut or seed butter, like almond butter). Thanks to a hefty shake of sprinkles, they’re playful and sweet. These cake batter protein bites are a nod to childhood—a reminder that snacking can be equal parts joy and nourishment.
Apart from naturally enhancing the flavor of these bites, coconut is a rich source of dietary fiber, which keeps you fuller for longer. These are my favorite toasted coconut flakes. Coconut also stabilizes your blood sugar.
Blanched almond flour
I love making energy bites with almond flour. It keeps them soft yet moist. Almond flour is a great alternative to refined flour as it’s high in healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Vega protein powder
Speaking of protein, Vega’s Protein Made Simple is truly the most delicious protein powder I’ve tried. It’s not chalky, but instead has a fine and smooth texture.
Is it cake batter if there aren’t sprinkles? Aim to find sprinkles made with natural food coloring, rather than artificial colors. These are my favorite sprinkles.
A paste made from sesame seeds, it is a staple in many cuisines. Particularly, in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Tahini is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Soom makes my favorite tahini.
For a touch of sweetness, maple syrup pairs beautifully with tahini.
A truly essential ingredient, vanilla extract helps give this energy bites their cake batter flavor.
A small pinch goes a long way.
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Cake Batter Protein Bites
- 1 cup unsweetened, toasted coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 30 grams Vega Vanilla Protein Made Simple protein powder
- 1 tablespoon sprinkles (free of artificial colors, if possible)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a food processor, pulse toasted coconut until it resembles a sand-like texture.
- To your food processor, add all remaining ingredients. Pulse until a dough ball forms. If the mixture is too dry (i.e. a dough ball does not form after 1-2 minutes), add 1-2 teaspoons of water. Pulse until the mixture sticks together.
- Scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture at a time, and roll into balls.
- Once the dough is rolled into small bites, top with additional sprinkles. This is optional (but highly recommended).
- Store these, covered, in the fridge for 5-7 days.
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