The taste and texture of a classic chocolate cake batter in a delicious, no-bake bite form! These soft, doughy and chewy healthy bites taste like dessert but are packed full of nutrients! Ready in just five minutes, this recipe is also gluten-free, vegan, grain-free and completely paleo- It also has a tested sugar free option!
I often forget that terminology in Australia is vastly different in America.
I was at the infamous ‘Cheesecake Factory’ with some friends visiting from Australia. They were en route to Colorado and were stopping by New York. For some reason, this chain restaurant happens to be on the bucket list of many Aussies. Maybe it’s the size of their meals or their delicious desserts but safe to say, it’s taken over ‘In N Out’ of the American Food bucket list….well, amongst my friends at least.
We’d ordered lunch and were served platters. PLATTERS. My friend was shocked that her salad came with onion rings on it (Seriously, she would not stop raving about it) and my other friend said his Asian chicken salad had an entire chicken on it. Me? I was trying to work out what legal drug was put in their bread. I could literally scoff the entire bread basket in one go and be satisfied for days. I didn’t just eat the bread- I ordered the chicken sandwich and was presented with a tower.
We’d finished off (most) of our meals and were gearing up for the main event- THE CAKE! The server asked us what our favorite cake was in Australia, and in unison, we all said ‘mud cake’. Long term readers know that mud cake is my all time favorite cake and albeit it’s odd name- It’s delicious and ridiculously basic- It’s pretty much a moist chocolate cake with chocolate icing.
The server looked at us like we were on crack (besides the crack in the bread basket). For some odd reason, she believed that there was dirt or something from the garden in it. She began telling us that in America, they didn’t put dirt or other things from their gardens in their cakes. She must have felt sorry for us, because she offered us two slices of cake on the house.
What’s the lesson here, friends? Act as though you eat dirt in your cake and you’ll get free cake.
We don’t eat dirt.
Anyway, after our mud cake antics, we rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and I was proud to be in the presence of my two friends and their ability to cross off something off their bucket list. Just kidding, but it was solid food and the cake was delicious too (we ended up choosing the Godiva Chocolate cheesecake and Banana Cream cheesecake). In fact, the Godiva Chocolate cheesecake inspired today’s recipe- The texture was unlike other cheesecakes (heavy) and was fudgy and soft, almost like cake batter. It also wasn’t overly rich and as such- Reminded me of my beloved garden cake batter. I mean mud cake batter. Enter today’s offering- This delicious healthy no bake chocolate cake batter bites!
These healthy no-bake chocolate cake batter bites have amazing texture and are the perfect grab and go snack to enjoy between meals or a snack anytime! They literally take minutes to prep and taste like a classic chocolate cake batter! Unlike most cake batters, it has no butter, oil, grain flour or sugar in the entire recipe but I promise- It does NOT taste healthy! There’s an option to add a boost of protein too (Check out my favorite vegan protein powder, paleo protein powder and casein protein powder). It’s naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, grain free and there’s an option to keep it completely sugar free too!
HACK! Long term readers know I’m an advocate of eating sweet treats (like these brownies and these blondies) straight from the freezer or fridge but these bites- Enjoy them at room temperature for the ultimate cake batter like consistency!
Make these healthy no bake chocolate cake batter bites and remember….Free cake = claim you eat dirt.
- 1 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour*
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 T cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (See above for recommendations)
- pinch sea salt
- Granulated sweetener of choice**
- 1/2 cup nut butter of choice (I used homemade paleo "nutella")
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey, agave or brown rice syrup)***
- 1 T + dairy free milk of choice****
- Dairy free chocolate chips (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your flours, protein powder, cocoa powder, salt and granulated sweetener and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with the maple syrup. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
- If batter is too thick (it generally is), add a tablespoon of dairy-free milk, until a thick batter is formed. If batter is too thin, add a dash more flour until a thick batter is formed. Stir in optional chocolate chips then using your hands, form into bite sized balls.
- Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or until firm.
- * For a paleo option, swap for 1 cup of coconut flour
- ** Adjust accordingly- I omitted because my protein powder was sweet enough
- *** To keep this sugar free, omit and increase dairy free milk- You'll have a more firm no bake bite
- **** Depending on the flour blend, you may need more. Adjust accordingly.
Have you ever had a mud cake before?
What odd named food do you enjoy? I think ‘Christmas crack’ is an odd name….