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Birthday Cake Energy Balls

Birthday cake protein balls are both fun and full of good-for-you ingredients. This easy, no-bake snack recipe is a great option to enjoy between meals, as a quick snack to-go, or even as a dessert substitute!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 26 Servings
Calories 85 kcal


  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1.5 C rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 C pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 C cashew butter
  • 2 Tbsp sprinkles + more for rolling


  • In a small bowl, mix together the chia and water and set aside to pre-soak while you measure and mix the other ingredients. Give the chia a stir part way through the next step
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients (except the chia, water, and sprinkles). When almost all of the way combined, add in your pre-soaked chia and any remaining water and stir until uniform. Finally, gently stir in the sprinkles until distributed throughout
  • Roll into 1" balls by rolling a scoop of dough into a ball between your hands. You may need to gently press the dough together to help it form into a ball as you roll
  • Lightly roll each protein ball into additional sprinkles to coat the outside. Note: it is often helpful to lightly dab the outside of each energy bite into the sprinkles and then roll them again in your hands to ensure the sprinkles stick
  • Place protein balls on a lined cookie sheet (or in a storage container) and place into the refrigerator to finish setting up
  • Store protein balls in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week


*Note on pre-soaking your chia seeds: doing this step makes a big difference in the final texture of your protein balls! Since chia seeds can soak up to 10x their weight in liquid, putting your chia seeds into this peanut butter protein ball recipe dry leaves you with a very dry energy ball.


Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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