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Healthy Birthday Cake Energy Balls (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

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I’m actually not a person who makes a ton of energy balls, but when I do make them, I question that decision. These healthy birthday cake energy balls are so delicious, and moreso, so convenient to have readily accessible in your fridge!

I made these before my trip to Montana a few weeks ago, and in the process discovered (via way too much internet research) that a teensy bit of almond extract almost exactly mimics that vanilla cake batter flavor, especially when combined with oat flour and an overdose of vanilla extract.

Honestly, these healthy birthday cake energy balls taste shockingly like the famous Milk bar birthday cake truffles (which I’m OBSESSED with), but they’re refined sugar free, and packed with fiber (they also taste a LOT like the limited editor Birthday Cake Perfect Bars, which are so, so good). ⁣⁣I’ve taken to making them for basically every flight—I’m a bit of an anxious flyer, and knowing I have something delicious to munch on gives me a bit of brightness in an otherwise intense experience.

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Healthy Birthday Cake Batter Energy Balls

Healthy Birthday Cake Energy Balls (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

  • Author: Liz Moody


  • 2.5 teaspoons vanilla extract⁣⁣
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted creamy cashew butter (I used Justin’s)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt⁣⁣
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar⁣⁣
  • 2/3 cup oat flour⁣⁣
  • 1.5 teaspoon almond extract (I used Simply Organic)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened non dairy milk of choice⁣
  • 1 tablespoon of organic sprinkles (optional, but fun—I used these)


  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl. It’ll be a dry mixture, so you want to use your hands and kind of knead it until you get a big smooth ball.
  2. Add in the organic sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Roll into 8 balls or so, and store in the fridge until ready to eat. Get ready to get addicted!⁣⁣

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  1. Alejandra says:

    These are such a fun idea and they tasted amazing! They really satisfy the sweet tooth in me and are full of goodness. Next time I may reduce extracts a bit as they were a tad strong for my taste (plus, the oat/cashew combo on its own is amazing!). THANK YOU for another healthy hit!!!

  2. Lisa Feldman says:

    Liz, these were delicious. I cut the almond extract in half cuz I’m not a fan, but I read your note about how it elevates it to vanilla cake goodness so didn’t want to completely omit…it was so good! Can’t wait to see if my littles will eat them, but if they don’t it’s cool cuz MORE FOR ME.