These vegan funfetti protein bites are full of plant-based protein and only 8 ingredients. They are a yummy no-bake snack that basically tastes like you're eating cake batter right out of the bowl!
Is there anything better than licking the spoon after mixing together cake batter? I think not!
Funfetti cake was a staple for many of us growing up. What if I told you that you can be transported back to your childhood with funfetti flavor that’s contained in a healthful protein bite? While this may be hard to believe, I’ve got the recipe for you!
With just eight ingredients and a no-bake recipe, these vegan funfetti protein bites may just become your new best friend! You can meal prep them in no time and have delicious little energizing bites all week long. Plus, thanks to the oat flour, nut butter, and protein powder, you’re getting a snack that’s full of fiber and protein, which will help keep you full anytime you’re in need of a little boost!
So, read on to learn more about these vegan funfetti protein bites and how you can whip them up yourself in no time at all!
Vegan Protein Bites Ingredients
This recipe is no-bake and so easy with only 8 ingredients. Many of these ingredients are vegan staples so you may have some on hand!
- Oat flour – This flour, made from avena sativa, the fancy name for oats, helps give this recipe a nice nutritional boost. Oats are arguably one of the healthiest foods we can be eating on a daily basis. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration permits labels to be placed on containers of oats that associate a diminished risk of heart disease from the consumption of whole grain oats. Plus, you get beneficial nutrients such as phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc.
- Vegan vanilla protein powder – Protein powder can be a convenient option for getting protein. Although it’s far from necessary for many people, particularly if they don’t frequently engage in intense workouts, protein powder can be a great addition to recipes like this one. Why? Because the additional protein will help keep you fuller longer. Read more about vegan protein powder in the next section!
- Salt – It’s tempting to skip out on the salt, but even just a pinch can help elevate the other flavors! Cooking and baking (and healthy living) are all about balance.
- Maple syrup – Maple syrup is a delicious sweetener, as we all know from pancakes. That said, it’s a great vegan sweetener in general. While it might not necessarily be all that much healthier than regular sugar, it does at least contain some minerals and antioxidants, including high amounts of manganese and zinc.
- Almond butter – Almond butter, and nut butters in general, can be a great part of your diet. Although high in calories and fat, healthy nut butters (just nuts and maybe a little salt) provide healthy fats and protein, not to mention the many benefits associated with particular nuts. These healthy fats, protein, and fiber all work together to help keep you fuller longer. And almonds in particular are dense in nutrients, including antioxidants and vitamin E.
- Vanilla extract – It’s not a huge deal if you don’t include it, but vanilla extract helps take this recipe to the next level!
- Almond extract – Similarly, almond extract is highly recommended for this recipe. It helps really deliver that cake batter flavor that we all know and love!
- Sprinkles – Sprinkles help bring out the “funfetti” part of this recipe. While they’re not absolutely necessary, they help bring a pop of color and make eating these a little more, well, fun! Luckily, sprinkles tend to be vegan so long as the sugar used in them is and they don’t contain confectioner’s glaze. (You can read more about vegan sugar here and confectoiner’s glaze here.) A few vegan sprinkles brands include Wiltons, Let’s Do Organic, Quality Sprinkles, and Marshalls Creek Spices.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder
The “best” vegan protein powder is debatable, of course. It comes down to your preferences, ultimately. You should ask yourself if you...
- Care about the nutritional aspect?
- Despise the taste of alternative sweeteners?
- Want it to blend well into smoothies or shakes?
These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself when you’re on the hunt for a vegan protein powder. In general, vegan protein powders contain one or more of the following types of plant protein:
- Soy protein – According to one peer-reviewed study, soy protein “has been shown to support health needs across the lifespan as a source of lean, cholesterol-free and lactose-free protein.”
- Pea protein – Pure pea protein can be a great supplement for vegans. It contains all the essential amino acids that our body doesn’t create, which means it’s something like a “complete” protein. If you’re into working out, it also contains high levels of branched-chain amino acids, including arginine, which can help promote muscle growth.
- Rice protein – Rice protein, according to one study, may help reduce cholesterol levels while also providing significant levels of protein.
- Hemp protein – No, this protein won’t get you stoned. But it might help you hit your fitness and wellness goals! That’s because hemp protein provides ample levels of protein, fiber, amino acids, and omegas.
I personally enjoy using the Sprouts brand as well as the Tone It Up brand at Target. These are generally pretty accessible, but here are a few other popular brands that you might consider. Just be sure to check the ingredients, nutrition facts, and reviews so you can be sure to get one that works best for you and your needs!
How to Make Funfetti Protein Bites
- Add the oat flour, protein powder, and salt to a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Pour in the wet ingredients (maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, almond extract) and mix until everything is well combined.
- Fold in the sprinkles and stir until they are evenly distributed. You can add more or fewer sprinkles based on your preferences.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of batter, and roll it between your hands to form balls. Repeat until you've used up all of the batter.
- Enjoy these protein bites immediately or place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill if you prefer.
What is funfetti?
Funfetti is owned by Pillsbury and the classic variety is a white or yellow cake with sprinkles. A long-time favorite, especially of kids, you can make your very own vegan funfetti with this recipe!
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Yep! Just do a one-for-one swap of the oat flour for almond flour.
Do I have to use almond extract?
I would definitely recommend it! The reason is that using the almond extract is like a magic ingredient for getting more of a cake batter flavor.
Can I add anything else to this recipe?
Definitely! Go with whatever you prefer. If you want to make it healthier, you could add nut pieces. If you want to make it more decadent, you could go for shredded coconut and chocolate chips, for example.
How do I store these funfetti protein bites?
Simply place them in an airtight container for up to a week in your refrigerator.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This recipe is a healthier version of classic funfetti. Full of protein and only eight ingredients, these are simple to make and incredibly delicious!
- It’s healthier – This is a relatively healthy and energizing snack that tastes like a dessert! Thanks to the oat flour, nut butter, and protein powder, they’ll help keep you full whenever you need a little boost.
- It’s simple – Just eight ingredients and no baking makes for a ridiculously easy treat that is perfect when you’re on the go. You can throw these together in about ten minutes is all!
- Meal prep friendly – You can easily whip up a big batch of these any time you have just a few minutes to spare. That means that these bites can easily become your new meal prepping best friend!
Let me know if you try this recipe for vegan funfetti protein bites, and if you do, I would love it if you left a rating and review below! Make sure you are also following along on Instagram and Pinterest for more food inspiration.
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