3-Ingredient Vanilla Cake Batter Balls

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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.



  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. @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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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 😉

  8. 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!).

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. I HATE orange and grape flavored things

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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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!

    1. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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?

    1. 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.

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