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.
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Cake Batter Bites
- 1 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour*
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon 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 tablespoon + 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.
** 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.
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Have you ever had a mud cake before?
What odd named food do you enjoy? I think ‘Christmas crack’ is an odd name….
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Can I just say you have the nicest nails!? They are so clean and perfectly shaped! Mine are a MESS and sadly I have a bad biting habit! I can never show them in food pics LOL. But, moving on! THIS WEEK’S THEME is my favorite. Between you and Amanda I am in chocolate HEAVEN.
LOL! Omg! I need to send this comment to my mum- To this day, I cannot break my nail biting habit!
That’s my favorite salad, the one with the onion rings! The BBQ ranch 🙂 And, interestingly enough, my all time favorite dessert there is the factory mud pie. It’s not on the menu anymore but you can still ask for it – it’s their blackout cake topped with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and nuts (which I sub with chocolate chips).
Ohhhhhhh THAT’S RIGHT! I was wondering where I’d seen it haha! Oh no- I wish I knew that!
Chocolate lava cake is similar to mud cake and a must eat! I love it when I break open the surface and chocolate gooeyness steamrolls out. I’ve only eaten at the Cheesecake Factory once and I got an appetizer as my main meal. It was supossed to be for four people…but I handled it pretty well. When in America, eat like Americans haha
I admire your ability to make chocolate cake acceptable for a healthy snack too. You should have seen my face after reading this, I am so excited that you would have sworn i just won the olympics or something!
You are the best.
OMG the Cheesecake Factory has been on my bucket list for at least a decade! I can’t wait to try it one day!
Okay, but put on an English accent- We need to break the Aussie cliche haha!
Teehee! As an Australian (Brisbane represent) I love reading about your Aussie-in-the-US antics, Arman! Is it just me or does everything over there just seem so BIG?! All my friends who have been there have said the servings are huge (case in point being your Cheesecake Factory meals), the cars are huge and the roads are huge. I feel like if I ever go there I won’t even know how to handle it. Oh and I love your mud cake mention there. So true that it’s the best. Reminds me of the classic Woolworths mudcake…the one with the white squiggle on the top. I’m willing to bet my bottom dollar that more or less every Australian kid has had one of those for their birthday. When their parents didn’t have time to make the swimming pool cake, that is. Just Australian things, right? Anyhoo so these cake batter bites…dat texture! Feed them to me! Yummo.
Oh yes!!! That is my all time favorite cake- Definitely working on recreating it!
Thank you- You’d love them!
Arman, Mississippi Mud Cake is an old Southern cake dessert created late 1940’s to 1950’s, It has been regularly published in many Southern cookbooks since the 1970’s. Your waitress either wasn’t Southern, or wasn’t a true cale lover when it comes to American desserts. Because of the Mississippi Mud cake, we have it in Brownies, Fudge, & alcoholic drinks! How she missed ever hearing about could be due to her youth/age? https://www.deepsouthdish.com/2012/12/mississippi-mud-cake.html#axzz3zV8Bkdog
OMG! JAN! That looks incredible!!!!
Haha ohhh the Cheesecake Factory – it’s absolutely insane. But I can definitely get behind these healthy chocolate cake batter bites! I made some plain oatmeal no bake bites the other day and had to physically stop myself from making them chocolate – yours look amazing and I love those lil chocolate chippies, can’t wait to try!!
Thanks so much, Sara! Haha, right? I kind of want to go back now….
Gosh the German girl knows mud cake! I feel so urbane!
The Cheesecake Factory. It’s kinda tourist trap but I swear we’re on a mission to work ourselves through their range of cheesecakes. For obvious reasons we’ll pass on the banana one. Though in my humble opinion some of them hardly deserve to be labled as cheesecakes anymore. But who cares! They are awesome!
As I love the cake batter bites I am definitely making those. I wonder if the oreo butter will work?
Okay, we need to go there but NOT because we’re tourists…because we are fat.
OMG please make these with the oreo butter- Just don’t any sweetener- I think it will be perfect!
I’ve actually never been to The Cheesecake Factory before! I don’t know if I’d be able to eat the desserts there with my allergies, but I’m crossing my fingers I can – I’ve heard their cheesecake is epic!
PS. I made your single serve no bake cookie last night after dinner and it was heavenly. I’m making it again tonight. And probably tomorrow night too. Screw it I should probably just make like a week’s supply at a time lol.
OH YAY! Chelsea that is so awesome! 🙂 I hope you made JZ two.
The Cheesecake Factory kindaaaaaa scarred me. I got a HUGE sugar hangover on my 15th birthday! Not worth it. I had at LEAST five slices of cheesecake.
These batter bites look amazing! Definitely perfect for V-Day…..all to myself because I’m single this year! XD
😀 I’ll make curry bites next time 😀
Mud cake in the UK would have been chocolate cake with lashings of icing on it – no strange looks from me! Yeah I probably would hit up the Cheesecake Factory if we went back to the states – just to find out what all the fuss is about!
YES! Please go to Woolworths and try their mud cake- It’s like every kid’s childhood!
Oh gosh hahaha. I’ve been to the CC Factory once, and remember the menu being as thick as a dictionary!! And then I got a banana cream pie cheesecake and life was good.
Lol!!! Seriously, it was like a novel!
Dear Arman, these cake bites are just what I need right now. Something a little sweet, satisfying and guilt-free! I’ve wanted to try the Cheesecake Factory for ages!! Hopefully someday I will get around to it. Have a wonderful day my friend, Catherine
Haha noooo Catherine- You’re too talented in the kitchen to go there 🙂 I’d settle with one of your antipasto platters!
Haha I thought mud cake was only popular in Mississippi! Loveliness are these bites though! You know I approve! Happy very belated Australia day
ugh, my phone clicked send too fast. ANYWAY… I was gonna say mud cake is know in mississippi, so that server is definitely has not visited the south. and happy austraila day was random comment only because I remembered i forgot to wish you that in january. LOL! how’s that for a comment. .
🙂 Thanks cornbread! If you go to NZ anytime soon- You need to go to Woolies and get the mud cake! SO GOOD!