These easy-to-make, fun protein bites are full of protein and fiber. They're great for meal prep or make a perfect pre/post workout snack!
Life as a busy mom is hard. Feeding your kids healthy food, keeping up with house, and staying on top of work are all tough tasks to tackle when you're already stretched thin.
Throw in an event like a birthday party and suddenly you find yourself drowning in a sea of cake batter.
Mmmmm cake batter - which is what got us to today's recipe.
It's time for some birthday cake protein bites! These sweet treats will be the perfect addition to any celebration or just any ole day because they taste just like frosted cupcakes but are made from ingredients that won't leave your body feeling weighed down or bloated afterwards.
Plus, they make it easy to feed the whole gang by providing individual servings so everyone can grab one without having to wait around for their turn at the table.
Ingredient Spotlight for Protein Bites
Almond or Cashew Butter - The nut butter is what will make your protein bites nice and smooth with a creamy texture. Plus it will help to bind everything together.
You can opt to use any other nut butter or even a seed butter.
Maple Syrup - Pure maple syrup adds a rich and natural sweetness to the protein bites and also helps to bring all the ingredients together.
Protein Powder - Here I'm using a plant-based protein powder, but you can use any protein powder you like and are used to using.
Almond Flour - Almond flour is a great gluten-free option for these protein bites, making them even healthier!
Look how easy it is to make protein bites!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Birthday Cake Protein Bites
Step 1 - In a bowl add the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until well combined and smooth.
Step 2 - Then add in the almond flour, scoop of vegan protein and the salt. Mix well (with your hands or a spoon) until a moldable dough begins to form. If dough is too dry, add 1-3 tablespoons of hot water until you get a moldable dough.
Step 3 - Lastly, fold in 2 tablespoons of sprinkles.
Step 4 - Use your hands to roll the dough into 16 balls. Refrigerate before consuming or enjoy them immediately.
These Vegan Birthday Cake Bites are everything you’ve ever needed when it comes to yummy snacks:
- quick, easy, and delicious!
- perfect for after a workout or on the go
- travel really well in school lunches.
Holly's Insider Pro Tips
Change it up
Make them into bars - instead of balls like I've done, feel free to press into a baking dish, refrigerate to harden, and then cut into bars.
Use a different butter - Instead of almond or cashew butter, feel free to use peanut butter or even sunflower seed butter. Using peanut butter will alter the flavor of course, and it won't be quite a birthday cake flavor, but it's still an option if you're wanting to play around with the recipe.
Omit the sprinkles - Sprinkles are fun, but of course, if you're not into it, that's totally fine.
Use a different protein powder flavor - Feel free to go crazy here. If you wanna change it up all-together and not go the birthday cake route, that's fine with me! Try a chocolate protein powder or any of the other crazy fun flavors out there.
Make rolling the bites easier
If you're struggling to roll the protein bites, try a couple of these tips. You could try and place the batter in the refrigerator to firm it up a bit. Or you could wet your hands just a little bit so it doesn't stick to you as much. I've found either method to work well.
Protein bites too crumbly?
If your protein bites batter seems just a bit too crumbly and they just won't come together, add a splash more water. Only a tiny bit though. Too much, and your batter will end up too soft and squishy and not hold their form.
Use a food processor
Now this one's totally up to you. With the recipe being so easy, I would rather just throw all in the ingredients in a bowl and stir it all up. But if you're feeling impatient and have a food processor on hand, feel free to put that baby to work. That's what it's there for. I just wouldn't use the food processor for mixing in your sprinkles or your batter will be all sorts of weird colors.
Protein Balls FAQs
Yes! The almond flour, nut butter, and protein powder has a lot of great nutrients making this a fiber & protein-filled snack that will fill you up longer than a cookie!
Keep energy bites in and air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Alternatively, store them in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Yes, you can store protein bites in the freezer for 2-3 months in a freezer-safe container. If you're eating them straight from the freezer, I'd recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temperature before doing so.
Looking for more Vegan Snack Recipes?
Vegan Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes
Raspberry Coconut Butter Cups
Crock Pot Trail Mix
Vegan Banana Bread
Mexican Coffee Energy Bites
Toasted Coconut Clusters
Granola Bar Bites
Vegan Cookie Dough
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Birthday Cake Protein Bites
- ⅓ cup almond butter or cashew butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups almond flour
- 1 scoop vegan birthday cake or vanilla protein powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
- 1-2 Tablespoons hot water, if needed
- In a bowl add the almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until well combined and smooth.
- Then add in the almond flour, scoop of vegan protein and the salt. Mix well (with your hands or a spoon) until a moldable dough begins to form. If dough is too dry, add 1-3 tablespoons of hot water until you get a moldable dough.
- Lastly, fold in 2 tablespoons of sprinkles.
- Use your hands to roll the dough into 16 balls. Refrigerate before consuming or enjoy them immediately.