What do you think of when it comes to birthdays?
The first thought that most likely comes to mind is that of a thick slab of white chocolate frosted sponge cake speckled with rainbow sprinkles, topped off with "happy birthday" lettering. It's unfortunate that birthdays are synonymous with these gluttonous cakes, because they're nothing but processed carbohydrates, sugar and trans fatty acids. It's almost ironic that the word "happy" is typically found on these large pastries because really, there is nothing happy about them.
That being said, birthday cakes will forever be a predominant part of almost everyone's special day, regardless of their nutritional profile, even if it leaves you feeling guilty after polishing off the third slice.
But what if there were a recipe where you could truly have your cake and eat it too, sans guilt?
Well, even if it's not your birthday, you can pretend it is with the recipe below. It's a nutritional super star, thanks to it being high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. This creation can truly be consumed at any time of the day. Birthday cake for breakfast? Where's the sign up sheet!
High Protein Cake Balls
- 2 scoops vegan protein powder
- 2 tbs coconut flour
- 2 tsp baking stevia
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 4 drops cake batter flavoring (or vanilla extract)
- Water (or unsweetened almond milk)
- Optional Toppings: coffee grounds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients.
- Roll into roughly 10-12 balls.
- Place on parchment paper and put in freezer* for about an hour.
- Serve and enjoy!
*These cake balls are best stored in the freezer. However, when you want to eat a few, you may need to put them in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
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