CAKE BATTER ENERGY BALLS (VEGAN / GLUTEN FREE / REFINED SUGAR FREE)
The other day I grabbed a pre made smoothie from a company that I really like. The flavor was Cake Batter and I was soooo excited. I love cake batter: I have the best memories of my mom baking cakes and letting me and my sister lick the spoon and clean the bowl. (Thank god we never got samonella) It’s been a year since I’ve baked a cake (I had an EPIC cake fail last 4th of July) and I’ve been craving cake batter. (Side note: was anyone else obsessed with the gu birthday cake flavor? These balls remind me of them)
Anyways, the smoothie was kinda bleh but I got the idea to make energy balls that taste like cake batter but healthier. After some searching on the good old internet I found this recipe but made some switches to cut out the added sugar and add some more protein. These are good pre/post workout or just to grab when I’m feeling munchie. This is definitely a recipe that sounds like it’s junk food but is actually healthy. I wanted them to be refined sugar free because as my training picks up I like to cut out refined sugar.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted creamy cashew butter
pinch of salt
3-4 dates soaked for an hour in hot water (it softens them up and makes them easier to blend
2/3 cup oat flour (you can make your own by putting the oats in a food processor on high until they are a flour)
1/3 cup vanilla protein (I used Vega vanilla protein)
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon unsweetened non dairy milk of choice (you may need more depending on the consistency of the dough)
Sprinkles (preferably organic)
In the food processor combine everything but the sprinkles. Blend until it forms a dough. Sprinkle the sprinkles over the dough but don’t combine them with the food processor. Take a spoonful of the dough and roll it into a ball to your desired size. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Keep the balls in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
I hope you guys enjoy these! Let me know if you make them by tagging me on your Instagram pictures ( @lisalindeyeats )