One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites (Naturally-Sweetened) - Real Food Whole Life

One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites (Naturally-Sweetened)

March 8, 2017 (Updated on October 21, 2021)

Irresistibly fun and totally delicious, One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites are a naturally-sweetened, gluten-free, dairy-free treat to celebrate every day.

You guys.

Can we just talk about these cake batter bites for a minute?

I mean. Seriously. I. am. obsessed.

Vanilla. Cake. Batter. It’s happening.

Of course we post our fair share of naturally-sweetened chocolate treats around here (like these double chocolate banana breakfast muffins and these chocolate chip studded no bake & nut free energy bites to name a few).

Our philosophy when it comes to chocolate is simple: go big or go home. Or at least that’s Elle’s mentality. The girl loves her some chocolate.

But this mama? This mama is actually a vanilla girl. Shhhhhhhh, don’t tell, okay?

And vanilla cake batter? Forget about it.

Given my vanilla ways, I wanted to create a little treat that hit all the cravings in a naturally-sweetened, gluten-free, dairy-free little package.

These little bites are the absolute crave-worthy answer.

As a side note, you’ll notice I’ve included cashew butter in the ingredient list for these, as it does the best job of driving home that “cake batter” flavor.

I’ve seen cashew butter at Trader Joe’s and at natural food stores, but if you can’t find it or if it’s not in your budget you’ll find some substitution suggestions in the notes.

Okay, enough talking. It’s time to get in the kitchen and make these asap. Now, let’s make some One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites!


1 | Invite your child to help make these bites! He or she can stir the ingredients together, and assist in rolling the balls in the sprinkles.

2 | Substitute unsweetened sunflower seed butter for the cashew butter if you’re looking for a nut-free option.


Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan

5 from 1 vote

One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites (Naturally-Sweetened)

Yield 20 cookie dough bites

Irresistibly fun and totally delicious, One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites are a naturally-sweetened, gluten-free, dairy-free treat to celebrate every day.


  • cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup natural unsweetened cashew butter at room temperature*
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups oat flour**
  • 2 tablespoons dye-free sprinkles***


  • In a large bowl, stir together the coconut oil, cashew butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the salt and oat flour, stirring again until well combined. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until the dough is firm enough to roll.
  • Using a cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop 2 teaspoons of the mixture into your hands and roll gently into a ball. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Roll each ball in sprinkles, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Store, tightly covered in the fridge for up to one week.


*If you can’t find or don’t want to use cashew butter, peanut butter or almond butter will work. The bites won’t quite have the same “cake batter” flavor, but they will still be very tasty. Use unsweetened sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.
**Make your own oat flour for this recipe by placing 2 cups whole oats in a blender and blending until a coarse flour forms. Alternatively, you can buy pre-made oat flour at well-stocked grocery stores and online (either regular or gluten-free). Be sure to buy gluten-free oats if you want to keep recipe gluten-free.
***Look for dye-free sprinkles at your natural food stores or online.
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12 comments to " One-Bowl Vanilla Cake Batter Bites (Naturally-Sweetened) "

  • Krista

    Just made these- SO good! I didn’t have cashew butter so I used sunflower and it’s not super cake-like, but absolutely still yummy. My kids are just excited about sprinkles 🙂

    • Robyn Downs

      Yay, Krista, so glad these worked in the nut-free variation. You can’t go wrong with sprinkles! 🙂

  • Daniela

    Robyn these are fantastic and went down too well with my boys! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kayla

    These are amazing! I used sunflower butter and mixed in some mini chocolate chips since that’s all I had on hand and they came out SOOO yummy! Great base recipe that can be customized! Thank you!!

    • Robyn Downs

      Kayla, I love your version. I’m all about using what’s on hand and what you like. So glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  • Niki

    I love these!! When my sweet tooth cravings kick in, this recipe always has me satisfied without guilt! Today I had cookie dough on my mind… I adjusted this recipe slightly by adding an extra pinch of salt, slightly less vanilla and mixed in about a ¼ cup dark cacao chips!!! 🙌🏼 Naturally sweet gluten/dairy free chocolate chip cookie dough balls!!

  • Mariah

    I just discovered this site and its is full of so many great recipes and other things! Do you happen to have the macro’s for this or any of your other recipes? I track my food and it’s hard to try new recipes when the macro’s aren’t given.

    • Robyn Downs

      Hi Mariah, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the resources! We follow a real food approach, and aren’t able to provide macros. Hope you find some recipes to enjoy!

  • Andrea

    These are the absolute best little snacks bites – the whole fam loves them! Thanks you!

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