• 3-Ingredient Vanilla Cake Batter Balls

    May 28, 2013

    Hello, hello! I hope your Tuesday is off to a fabulous start! :mrgreen:

    I have an especially delicious, only 3-ingredient recipe for you guys, but, first, let’s do breakfast!


    Breakfast was something a little different this morning, but it was really tasty. I had two toasted Vans waffles with Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread and banana slices on top. I loved the creamy cinnamon flavor mixed with banana. Mmm! I will definitely be a good alternative to nut butter every once in awhile!

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    A few hours after breakfast, I started to get hungry, but lunch wasn’t for a few hours. I was also planning to take a noon CrossFit class and needed a little something in my stomach, so I whipped up a batch of Vanilla Cake Batter Balls, which turned out so well. I’d even go as far as describing them as “incredible”! And, of course, I love any recipe that is easy to make and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients.




    Add coconut butter to a microwave-safe bowl and nuke it until melted (about 1-2 minutes). Be careful not to burn it!


    Meanwhile, combine dates and walnuts in a food processor.

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    Process until coarsely chopped.

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    Remove coconut butter from the microwave and mix in dates and walnuts until fully combined.

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    Roll batter with hands into 1-inch balls and place on wax paper.

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    Refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before enjoying. (The coconut butter will harden up.)

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    *If you don’t have vanilla cake batter coconut butter, regular coconut butter with a little bit of vanilla extract, honey, and sea salt would probably work to get the right flavor.

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    Question of the Day

    What flavors do you think are “incredible”? What foods do you love, but hate the flavored versions?

    Vanilla cake flavors are definitely up there for me. (Vanilla Frosting Lip Smackers anyone? I used to love that stuff.) Basically, if it’s vanilla cake-flavored, I will probably love it. I also love anything truffle-flavored. Truffle French fries, truffle mac & cheese? HELLO!

    As for foods that I love, but hate the flavored versions: bananas. Banana-flavored things are the worst! I avoid them at all costs.

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    { 57 comments… read them below or add one }

    Robyn May 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I love coconut flavored anything (drinks, desserts, coffeee…all amazing). I also love pumpkin everything. Those flavors really make me happy :) By the way…I have been looking for the Cinnamon Cream Cheese spread and can’t find it anywhere :( Where do you buy it? Is it only available in limited locations? I keep looking but haven’t stumbled across it yet. Is it typically with the other Laughing Cow Cheeses (because that’s where I’ve been looking…not necessarily with the other cream cheese spreads). Help!! I’ve been dying to try it and unable to up to this point.


    Tina May 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I buy the Cinnamon Cream Cheese at Stop & Shop, but I’ve seen it at other grocery stores too. Where do you live? It’s sort of new, so maybe it’s taking a little while to get to stores? It’s usually with the other Laughing Cow cheeses.


    Ellen Renee May 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I noticed at our local Walmart laughing cow cheese in the refrigerated specialty cheese area (good quality parmesan/mozzarella/feta – that is in the produce area) but there is also a few items back in the regular cheese area (bags of shredded/Kraft slices) and it is displayed in the cream cheese area (that is where I have noticed the cinnamon cream cheese). I live in a small town in southern Illinois for reference.


    robyn May 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    @Tina…I live in South Bend, Indiana. I’ve checked our local grocery stores as well as the larger chains like Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target, & Whole foods, but haven’t had any luck finding it yet. I’ll keep trying and hope it makes it my way soon.


    Angela May 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Those look seriously delicious. I need to get my hands on some of that Nikki’s coconut butter. :)


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Truffle is definitely a winner! There’s a place near us that makes a ricotta, truffle, and arugula pizza that is to die for. I bought some truffle oil this weekend just so I could recreate it. I love almost anything garlic or chocolate flavored as well (boring, but true).


    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } May 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Incredible flavor = smoked paprika. Seriously changed my life.


    Tricia May 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Mint chocolate anything. Peanut butter anything. soooooo good. oo and i love pineapple. Your skinny pina’s are my go to drinks for summer now!


    Tina May 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Mmm! Those are so good! I could go for one right now!


    Marisa May 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Citrus anything is my favorite flavor


    Paige @ Your Trainer Paige May 28, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I need to try that cinnamon laughing cow cheese! I bet it’d be delish on waffles.


    Danica May 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    yum!! I keep hinting at my husband that I *need* a bigger food processor so that I can make my own nut butter, and treats like this!


    Beth Sheridan May 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    That cinnamon cream cheese spread is absolutely amazing!! And I am going to say that TRUE cajun flavor is my favorite…My dad is from Louisiana so I know what that true cajun flavor should be like and it’s just flat out amazing :)


    Honey, What's Cooking May 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Reading this at work, my stomach is GROWLING! Looks so freakin good.. I have to try Nikki’s coconut butter.


    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate May 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Chocolate-peanut butter is the best. Although I have to say the truffle and parmesean flavor combo might be the best of the best… yum!


    Dee @ The Hungry Fit Chick May 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    My passion has always been chocolate – but, I’ve recently become hooked on pistachio! Anything with the pistachio flavor is so good. I enjoy it in both sweet and savory dishes, which just makes me love it even more.


    Allie May 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    omg those balls look so freakin’ amazing!! I’ll have to make the concoction with regular coconut butter.


    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    OMG…these cake batter balls sound awesome! Hmmm…my favorite flavors…mint, peanut butter, watermelon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate. I could keep going, but I’ll stop! ;-)


    Tina May 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I’m with ya on the coconut. I generally like all coconut-flavored things.


    Lori @ www.ffglobetrotter.com May 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Those look so delish! I’ll have to give them a try. I love recipes that don’t have a huge list of ingredients :).


    Tina May 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Ditto! :)


    Annette@FitnessPerks May 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Cinnamon anything. Swiss chocolate anything. Mint anything. Caramel anything (unless any of those are paired with PB or banana-which I don’t like)

    I’m actually not a huge cake batter person or cookie dough person. I think I liked the BAKED stuff instead of the prep stuff ;)


    Lisa May 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I am with you … Vanilla cake flavor = LOVE. :-)

    I also love the taste & smell of cinnamon!


    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Awh; the froyo shop near my house has a banana froyo flavor and it’s SO good!

    Flavors I think are “incredible”: carrot cake and red velvet. I’ve had both carrot cake and red velvet ice cream and it’s very hard to go back to normal vanilla/chocolate after that (although I’d never pass up an opportunity to eat ice cream, regardless of the flavor!).


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I have been on a coconut binge lately! I used to HATE coconut when I was younger, but now I am all about it! I also love anything that is dark chocolate and coconut flavored, or dark chocolate and pomegranate. Love it.

    I don’t like things that are orange flavored. I don’t like orange juice or anything that is not a true orange.


    Devonshire May 28, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I love banana’s but hate banana flavored things..gross!


    Aurora@Fitness is Sweet May 28, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I seriously need to try the Cinnamon Laughing Cow! I feel like there are so many uses for it!


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League May 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Yum! Cake batter balls sound so good right now! I still want to try coconut butter sometime. I actually just got a $25 gift card to amazon…I’m thinking it’s time for an order for “out there” foods!


    Allie @ Allie's Appetite May 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I’m obsessed with everything about this post! I just bought some gluten free waffles yesterday and I’ve been thinking about what to do with them. Plus, I’ve been craving pizza like crazy and I happen to have a huge bag of brown rice flour in my cabinet :) And finally, those cake batter balls looks incredible. I don’t have Nikki’s coconut butter, but will definitely take up your suggestion for coconut butter + vanilla + honey + salt. Genius!! Thank you!


    Lisa May 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Yum, love vanilla and cinnamon and anything that taste like cake batter!


    kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    those cake batter balls look delicious! i never get around to these healthy little snacks i see because i hate to dirty up my food processor for just a little bit of something. maybe i should just make huge batches and freeze them for a while.


    Alyssa May 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Those cake batter balls look amazing!!


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    3-ingredient AND cake batter in the title of this recipe? You most definitely got me with this one! ;)


    David Gardner May 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This looks awesome!!…will definitely be trying these soon!!


    She Rocks Fitness May 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    OMG could not agree with you more on the banana flavored things! That’s so true…even though I love bananas, they just don’t smell or taste good when it comes to flavored stuff. LOL! Big fan of coconut, vanilla, peanut butter, and yes truffle is a good one too!


    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Your balls look amazing! I have to get my hands on some of that Coconut Butter. It sounds amazing! The flavors they have sound incredible.

    Favorite flavors, peanut butter of course! The one thing I love is coffee, plain flavor and I can dress up with cocoa powder and milk. I hate flavored coffee, the smell is gross, especially hazelnut and I love hazelnuts!


    Stephanie May 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I never seen the laughing cow cinnamon cream cheese before! That looks delicious. Will have to look for it around here.


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Yum this recipe looks awesome! I so need to buy a food processor so I can make things like this.


    Miranda @ Miranda Runs May 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I’ll have to give these a try!!!


    ac May 29, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I HATE orange and grape flavored things

    I don’t like the texture of fresh mango, but I love mango flavored things


    Kristi May 29, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Anything with maple is a winner in my book!


    Becky Drummond May 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Hi! I live in Scotland (uk)- Nikkis butter jars look amazing and I was wondering if they sell them or post them to uk?
    I recently bought your book and it has inspired me tones.

    Becky D


    Sara @ sarasmiles May 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Love the sound of those!


    Linz @ Itz Linz May 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

    cake batter is my favorite flavor EVER!


    Shannon May 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Would anything besides coconut butter work for those?


    Annette May 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Flavors I love: Vanilla, honey, pumpkin, coffee, strawberry, raspberry, white chocolate, pineapple, mango, banana, coconut, birthday cake :)

    Foods I love but hate the flavored version: Oranges, lemons, and limes…love to eat them, but hate orange/lemon/lime flavored candy and “orange flavored” drinks…blah


    Christina May 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Tina! This recipe looks fab, but I am one of the only people on earth who can’t stand coconut. I know it’s all the rage these days, especially since it’s so good for you, but I just can’t get on board. I see so many recipes calling for coconut butter, oils, etc. and never make them because of this. Do you have a suggestion for something I could sub in for the coconut butter in this recipe, while still maintaining the vanilla cake batter taste? And do these even taste like coconut? Thanks for your help!


    Tina May 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Coconut butter is one of the main ingredients, so they taste like coconut mixed with vanilla cake. If you don’t like coconut, you probably won’t like these very much.


    Mary Slagel May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Those vanilla cake batter balls look as you said tasted “incredible”. I am now absolutely starving!


    Jacki Noel May 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    What is the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil. The picture looks the same?


    Tina May 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    Amelia May 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I love almost any flavor – vanilla cake batter, brownie batter, peanut butter, almond, coconut, and even banana. I can’t stomach fake strawberry flavor but I love strawberries!


    Luv What You Do May 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Yum! I love homemade bars and balls with dates. I have been making my own energy bars and it is so fun to experiment with ingredients!


    Linda @ running4two May 31, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Hmm…chocoalate and caramel, chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and strawberry. I see a common theme…LOL.

    I really love to eat bananas, but I’m not fond of banana-flavored things.

    I’m not a fan of coconut…could I use a nut butter instead of coconut butter in this recipe?


    Tina May 31, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Maybe, but I’m not sure it would work as well. The balls would only kind of firm up since they’re nut butter and not coconut butter.


    Kelly June 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Is there anything you would recommend in place of the dates? I’m just not a fan. TIA!


    Tina June 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Raisins or another dried fruit?


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