These birthday cake protein balls taste like your favorite cake, but are actually full of wholesome, healthy ingredients!
This easy-to-make snack is has no refined sugars, is vegan, gluten-free, and is packed with protein.
You can whip up this better-for-you treat in about ten minutes–no baking required. And, get the kids to help. This recipe couldn’t be easier!
Skip the pre-packaged junk food snacks! These yummy birthday cake protein bites are the perfect grab-and-go treat to keep on hand for the whole family.
Just 6 simple ingredients
Cashew Butter: Cashew butter, or your favorite nut butter, will work in this recipe. Peanut butter has a stronger flavor and may not work as well, however. Almond butter or sunflower seed butter are better substitutes, if necessary.
Maple Syrup: We’re using maple syrup as our sweetener in this recipe. Feel free to adjust the amount to your family’s taste.
Vanilla Extract: Every good “cake” recipe needs a little bit of vanilla!
Oat Flour: This recipe calls for oat flour, but don’t worry if you don’t have any in the pantry. Just blend some rolled oats until they reach a flour-like texture.
Salt: A dash of salt always makes sweets sweeter!
Sprinkles: Use your favorite colorful sprinkles to coat these energy bites! For a fun option, use seasonal colors, like pink, red, and white for Valentine’s Day, red, blue, and white for the Fourth of July, etc.
Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Balls
Here’s everything you need to make these tasty (and healthy) birthday cake protein balls.
First, mix together the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Next stir in the oat flour and salt.
Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop out the batter, and roll into balls.
Roll the protein balls in the colored sprinkles.
Enjoy this tasty treat!
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you make the protein balls all the same size?
Use a measuring spoon or cookie dough scooper to make sure these come out roughly the same size.
Do protein bites need to be refrigerated?
These protein balls should be kept in the refrigerator. They’ll last about a week when refrigerated.
Can these protein bites be frozen?
Yes! Store in a freezer-safe bag or airtight container for up to one month. Allow the protein balls to thaw before eating them.
Birthday Cake Protein Balls Recipe Notes:
Almond butter or sunflower seed butter make good substitutions if you don’t have cashew butter. Peanut butter has a stronger flavor, so this will affect the taste.
Add additional fiber to this recipe by adding a little flaxseed meal, if you’d like.
Keep a cup of water nearby to add a little moisture to the outside of the balls before rolling and coating the surface of the balls in the colored sprinkles.
Use different colored sprinkles to match the season or holiday–even team colors! You can also use chocolate sprinkles.
Double, or even triple, this recipe, if you’d like. These are great snacks to make ahead for the week or include in your child’s lunchbox.
Healthy Birthday Cake Protein Balls
- ½ cup cashew butter may substitute with another nut butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup oat flour
- Dash of salt
- Colored sprinkles
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Add the oat flour and salt. Stir again until incorporated.
- Use a measuring tablespoon to scoop the batter, and roll it into balls. Wet hands to help with this process if necessary.
- Add colored sprinkles to a small bowl.
- Keep a cup of water nearby to add a little moisture to the outside of the balls before rolling and coating the surface of the balls in the colored sprinkles.
- Store in the fridge for up to one week.
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