Funny thing about me is I actually don’t really love too many sweets and birthday cake is usually a little too much for me, but Sam lovessss birthday cake. Actually he likes anything sweet, especially in candy form and lots of sprinkles. So I basically made these healthier birthday cake energy balls for him and obviously had to use sprinkles. They add such a nice touch and what is a birthday cake without sprinkles? Sad, it’s a sad freakin’ cake. After I made these I had to test them out on Mr. Sprinkles himself and he LOVED them so much that they didn’t last longer than 24 hours in our house… so you’ve been warned. Maybe you want to hide them in the freezer so you don’t eat them all so quickly, I definitely will do that myself next time.
Birthday Cake Energy Balls
I was sooooo happy when I received this months package from Manitoba Harvest! I am an ambassador for them and I use their hemp hearts ALL THE TIME, seriously I sprinkle them on everything. You can read about how to incorporate hemp hearts into your life, over here. But this month was a big deal for them as they are turning 20! So they sent along a sample of some rainbow coloured sprinkles to try from Colorful Kitchen. As soon as Sam saw the sprinkles, his face practically lit up and he said… “what are you making me with this?!” Like I said, I don’t really have a big sweet tooth so I don’t regularly buy sweet things, so this was a treat and kind of a big deal in this house… is that sad? Possibly, a little. Anyways, I got to thinking what to make and for some reason all I could think about were making birthday cake energy balls.
This is the actual cake from Sam’s birthday a couple years ago, all the rainbow sprinkles please!
I love making energy balls, you can see previous ones, here, here and here. But, I usually go for chocolate ones… this time I wanted something vanilla and cake-y while still having some high quality ingredients as well. Enter, coconut butter. This stuff is basically like crack, it is so delicious and even quite addictive. Especially when you melt it and dip pretty much anything in it, a square of chocolate, sure, a piece of toast, yup, literally anything tastes better dipped in coconut butter. You can see my recipe for fat bombs using coconut butter here.
What I’ve been LOVING lately!
Also, I have been adding collagen from vital proteins to just about anything lately (1 scoop per day) and I have been so impressed with the benefits I have noticed. I have previously used other collagen in the past, but they always had a bit of an after taste and this one has zero taste at all. It mixes perfectly when blended in a hot drink, like my morning matcha or in these birthday cake energy balls. The addition of collagen not only bumps up the protein, but it is also a superstar ingredient for your hair, skin and nails and I am all about that!
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Recently, over on Instagram, I shared some of my early thoughts on both the vital proteins collagen and Sun Potion pearl powder (use the code JACLYN10 for 10% off at Purefeast) which I have been using daily and the benefits have only gotten better. Honestly, I was really surprised with how quickly I saw results with these. The pearl powder has been something I had been eyeing for a while, but didn’t want to pay the price, but when Purefeast had 15% off at the Toronto green living show, I bit the bullet and picked it up. I’ve been so impressed with Sun Potion products because not only are they made with super high quality ingredients, their whole vibe is really just amazing as well. The last thing I will say about their products is how concentrated they are, so you really only need a small amount. For example, with the pearl powder, I only use 1/4 tsp per serving, whereas if I were to use a less potent product, I would have to take more.
All about collagen:
- It provides a clean source of protein (1 scoop of vital proteins has 9g of protein)
- Digested and absorbed easily by the body.
- Can improve your hair, skin, nails and joints (it is important to note that this study refers to a collgen that also has hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and minerals as well)
- Can be used in hot or cold beverages, smoothies and baked goods like these birthday cake energy balls.
- Collagen is the building block of our bodies and our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own, nor do we tend to get enough in our diets.
- Helps to restore gut health and support digestion
- Aids in muscle repair and may help with such inflammatory conditions like arthritis, early research is promising.
- Your body’s ability to produce collagen declines as we age.
All about pearl powder:
- Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have long advocated ingesting pearl powder, so this is not a new trend by any means.
- It is also beneficial to be used topically on the skin as well, mix with water (or rose water) for a mask, or add to a face cream or other mask.
- Cleopatra was known to use pearl powder in her beauty regimen (good enough for me!)
- It has also been used throughout European history among royal and wealthy families for its beauty and health benefits.
- It is also a balancing adaptogen, which works to calm your mood and help you deal with stress and anxiety.
- According to Ayurveda it is used to help combat heat in the body and bring coolness to the digestive system and balance inflammation in the body.
- Pearl contains over 30 trace minerals, calcium and amino acids that are beneficial for our skin.
- Pearl also contains a special compound known as conchiolin. Conchiolin is what gives pearls their rainbow luminescence. Conchiolin protein has similar effects to keratin, which is one of the proteins in your skin and hair and is able to improve hydration of skin cells, speed up cell metabolism, increase circulation, and help to repair damaged cells.
When it comes to making these birthday cake energy balls, the pearl and the collagen are of course optional, but the collagen will boost the protein content for sure.
If you make them, please share with me on social media, I LOVE seeing your creations.
- 1/2 cup coconut butter
- 5 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (use GF if necessary)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 2 scoops vital proteins (optional)
- 1-2 tsp. pearl powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. hemp hearts
- Sprinkles for garnish and rolling
- Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender, except the sprinkles.
- Pulse until combined and mixture holds together in your hands.
- It may seem oily, but once they firm up in the freezer or fridge, that will disappear.
- Add the sprinkles to the dough and roll into balls.
- Place in the fridge or freezer to firm up a bit.